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    Opportunity: Research Assistant II (#1800021I), Cancer Genomcis Core @ The University of Texas Health Science Center -- Houston, TX (US)
    Submitted by Zhongming Zhao; posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2018



    The CPRIT-funded UTHealth Cancer Genomics Core (CGC), the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has a Research Assistant II position. UTHealth is in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC) located in cosmopolitan Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the United States. The CGC core aims to provide next-generation sequencing (NGS) and advanced bioinformatics services to the cancer investigators in UTHealth, Texas Medical Center, and other Texas regions.


    Under the general direction of core director and senior research staff, perform an entire process of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), from receiving biospecimens, DNA/RNA isolation and purification, library construction, quality check, loading samples to sequencing machine, to retrieving and clean data. Good skills for documentation and lab problem solving.

    Position Key Accountabilities:
    1. Conducts research activities under general direction. Research activities may include some or all of the following: sample management (cells mostly), DNA/RNA isolation, gel electrophoresis, PCR amplification, quantitative PCR, NGS library preparation (e.g. RNA-Seq or ChIP-Seq), sequencing and preprocess the NGS raw data, problem solving and quality assurance
    2. Maintains accurate and timely records to include notebooks, records, databases, etc. as needed by the research project, and required by university core policy
    3. Maintains lab equipment such as Illumina sequencing platforms and 10X genomics
    4. Monitors laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory to support research projects. Ensures the quality of reagents or other supplies
    5. Stays abreast of new and updated protocols for a cross-functional team
    6. As needed, coordinates the work of support staff and other assistance to ensure efficient, timely and high-quality results. Answers questions or resolves problems regarding routine or more complex duties
    7. Complies with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulation, and codes
    8. Participates in continuing education programs, workshops, and seminars, and when needed, office hours
    9. Obtains training to stay with the technology advancement
    10. Performs other duties as assigned


    • One year of related experience in a molecular biology lab or clinical lab environment. Candidates with NGS experience in a core facility will be preferred but not required (e.g. RNA-Seq or ChIP-Seq)
    • Strong attention to detail, accuracy, scientific professionalism, and deadlines
    • Follow laboratory and other policies
    • Ability to work well within a team environment


    • Bachelor's degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or related-field, or relevant experience in lieu of education. Candidates with a Master's degree will be preferred.
    • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
    • Knowledge of NGS (Such as RNA-Seq or ChIP-Seq) will be a plus.


    5 years


    Houston, TX


    By experience


    Apply at or at and search keywords by 1800021I for this position. Please feel free to send an email to zhongming.zhao[at] to inquire any information.


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