The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.
The primary purpose of the Research Assistant II position is to provide technical assistance in carrying out various research. Research projects will include mouse models and translational research. Research projects will focus on gynecologic cancer in a multidisciplinary research team.
· Courtesy: Is respectful and courteous to each other at all times.
· Friendliness/Teamwork: Promotes and rewards teamwork and inclusiveness; is sensitive to the concerns of our patients and our co-workers.
· Reliability: Communicates frequently, honestly and openly.
· Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for practicing our values.
· Safety: Models safe behavior (wears badge and personal protective equipment, washes hands, and keeps work area clean and orderly); Notices a safety concern or emergency, understands role and uses proper procedures to report it; Mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices; Demonstrates ethical and personal responsibility in work and behavior
· Responsiveness: By his/her actions, creates an environment of trust; Encourages learning, creativity and new ideas.
· Personal Leadership/Self-Initiative: Helps others to identify and solve problems; Seeks personal growth and enables others to do so.
JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES
Laboratory Studies Perform laboratory studies using complex techniques including tissue culture, nucleic acid and protein extraction, RT-PCR, immunoblotting, and immunohistochemistry. Presents results of experiments on a regular basis to principal investigator.
Organize Experiments, Protocols, and Databases Maintain clear record of all experimental work performed in laboratory notebooks and complete all documentation with clear and accurate language. RAII will compile and review data, write reports, and present in lab group meetings.
Communication and Team Work Clear written and oral communication skills are required. RAII will collaborate with multidisciplinary team, including faculty, laboratory scientists, and clinical researchers and contribute to the study designs of ongoing projects.
Assists in ordering, maintenance and preparation of laboratory reagents and buffers.
Animal Studies Perform in vivo studies using mouse models. RAII will prepare cells for injection, drugs for treatment, and process tissues at the end of an experiment.
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Other duties as assigned
Analytical Thinking – Gather relevant information systematically; break down problems into simple components; make sound decisions.
Develop Oneself – Pursue learning and self-development; actively seek feedback; transfer learning into next steps; set high standards of performance; drive for results and achievement.
Oral Communication – Express ideas clearly and concisely in groups and one-to-one conversations; create an environment with open channels of communication.
Self-Confidence – Recognize own knowledge, skills, and abilities; respond to challenging situations with confidence; understand limits in self.
Equipment Usage and Safety Preparedness – Employee maintains expectations for safety preparedness, including but not limited to: Orientation to new equipment, Employee Education Event, CPR training, fire drills.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement – Employee participates in on-going learning and demonstrates application of it in his/her role.
Technical/Functional Expertise – Demonstrate technical proficiency required to do the job; possess up-to-date knowledge in the profession; provide technical expertise to others.
Written Communication – Convey information clearly and concisely through both formal and informal documents; adapt writing style to fit the audience.
Provide service to our stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, colleagues and each other, in a safe, courteous, accountable, efficient and innovative manner to include:
• Promoting inclusiveness and collegiality that demonstrates respect and professionalism to our stakeholders at all times
• Modeling safe, ethical behavior that mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices, and adherence to MD Anderson’s Standards of Conduct, institutional policies and procedures
• Responding to requests in a timely manner while proactively communicating expectations for procedures, service arrival, or project deliverables to stakeholders
• Using the steps to HEAL (Hear, Empathize, Address and Learn) the relationship when service recovery is needed
Builds and maintains customer satisfaction with the products and services offered by the organization through skills demonstrated in communication, personalization of interaction, regulation of emotions, and proactive problem solving.
Performance Statement Examples
- Presents a cheerful, positive manner with customers either on the phone or in person. Shows interest in, actively listens to and responds in a clear and timely manner to customer’s expressed needs.
- Focuses on the customer’s results, rather than own. Goes beyond basic service expectations to help customers implement complete solutions through personalized service that anticipates the customer’s unspoken needs.
- Delivers services when and where the customer needs them. Explores options when unable to deliver a requested product or service, and pursues solutions until the customer is satisfied by addressing the root cause of the issue. Problem solves with patient, family member, care giver or clinical team to aid in proactively resolving issues and concerns.
- Provides to customers status reports and progress updates. Seeks customer feedback and ensures needs have been fully met.
- Talks to customers (internal and external) with a pleasant tone to find out what they need and how satisfied they are with the service. Remains in control of own reactions and responds in a manner that demonstrates appropriate nonverbal cues and complements the customer’s emotions in the situation. Recognizes when its is necessary to escalate situations to leadership to ensure customer satisfaction.
Education: Bachelor’s degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.
Preferred Education: Master’s Level Degree
Preferred Certification: None
Experience: Two years of experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree.
Preferred Experience: Master’s degree with major course work in one of the basic sciences.
Onsite Presence: Is Required
Exposure to animals
Hazardous Chemicals and Materials
Wearing Protective Equipment
Working on uneven/slippery surface
Attention to detail
Glossary of Terms –Cognitive/Social Demands
Analytical Ability – Ability to visualize, articulate, and solve both complex and uncomplicated problems and concepts and make decisions that are sensical based on available information.
Multitasking – The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Appropriate Behavior – The ability to maintain a work environment that is respectful, professional and free from inappropriate and abusive workplace behavior.
Oral Communication – The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Attention to Detail – Ability to achieve thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved.
Organizing – The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules.
Comprehending – Ability to take in the meaning, nature, or importance of; grasp.
Performing in a Leadership Role – The ability to motivate, develop and direct people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Creativity – The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Problem Solving – Identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Critical Thinking – Ability to use skillful and responsible thinking to solve or study a problem from all angles, and then exercise your best judgment to draw conclusions.
Reading Skills/Comprehension – The ability to recognize or identify as well as understand written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
Following Instructions – Ability to complete one, or a series of, verbal or written directions.
Responding in Emergency Situations – Ability to react to a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property or environment.
Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback – The ability to give and receive constructive and positive feedback in a way that maintains relationships and increases performance.
Selective Attention – The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Interpersonal Skills – The ability to interact positively and work effectively with others.
Working Alone – The ability to work alone in circumstances where assistance may not be readily available when needed.
Mathematical Skills/Reasoning – The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Written Communication – The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Memorizing/Remembering – The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Glossary of Terms – Physical Demands
Arm/Hand Steadiness – The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Kneeling – Bending legs at one or both knees to come to a rest on knee or knees.
Balancing – To be able, without assistance, to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching.
Lifting – Raising an object from one level to another including upward pulling (this includes holding an object in a static position)
Bending/Stooping – Bending body downward and forward by bending the spine at the waist, requiring full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
Neck Movements – To look, turn or flex the neck up, down or sideways.
Carrying – Transporting an object, usually holding it in the hands or arms, or on the shoulder
Night Vision – The ability to see under low light conditions.
Climbing – Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding.
Olfactory Perception – The ability to detect and identify odors.
Crawling – Moving on hands and knees or hands and feet.
Pushing/Pulling – Exerting a force upon an object so that the object moves toward or away from the force (includes exerting force to hold an object in a static position and jerking an object)
Depth Perception – The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Reaching – Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction to lift, grab, pull or push an item.
Driving – To operate a motorized vehicle, such as; forklift, backhoe, patient shuttle, cart or other piece of equipment
Sitting – To remain in a seated position.
Dynamic Flexibility – The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Squatting – The movement to sit in a low or crouching position with the legs drawn up closely beneath or in front of the body or sit on one’s haunches or heels.
Eye/Hand Coordination – The ability of the vision system to coordinate the information received through the eyes to control, guide, and direct the hands in the accomplishment of a given task.
Standing – To remain on one’s feet in an upright position without moving greater than 2 steps.
Fine finger movement – The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Tactile Perception – Perceiving attributes of objects such as; size, shape, temperature, or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
Foot Action – To use one or both feet to activate a foot pedal, or some other foot action/movement required.
Twisting – Twisting the upper body (trunk) or bending the upper body to the side (lateral bending).
Glare Sensitivity – The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Visual Acuity – The ability to discern letters or numbers at a given distance according to a fixed standard.
Handling – Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand(s).
Visual Color Discrimination – The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Hearing Sensitivity – The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Walking – Moving about by foot.
Keyboarding – The ability to enter data by the means of a keyboard.
Wrist Motion – To bend or straighten the hand moving with the wrist joint; to twist/turn the wrist and arm as if to open a door handle.
Glossary of Terms – Working Conditions
Deadlines – Work environment is deadline focused on the time or date in which a particular task must be finished or a particular assignment, task or function must be done.
Operating Equipment – Worker will be required to work and/or operate equipment, machinery and/or sharp tools.
Electrical – Worker will be exposed to any combination of magnetic fields, electric fields, or nuisance shocks.
Outside Work – Work is outside and exposed to the natural elements/worker is subject to outside environmental conditions.
Exposure to animals – Worker will be exposed to animals.
Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue – Worker will be exposed to blood and other potentially infectious bodily fluid and/or tissue.
Physical Proximity – Worker will be required to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people.
Exposure to Radiation – Worker will be exposed to radiation.
Sedentary Environment – Worker will spend majority of time seated at workstation.
Extreme Hot/Cold – Worker will be exposed to temperatures typically below 32° for periods of more than one hour or temperatures above 100° for periods of more than one hour.
Shift Work – Employee is required to work outside of standard day shift, i.e.; evening shift, night shift, holiday shift, weekend shift, rotating shift or split shift.
Hazardous Chemicals and Materials – Worker will be exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals/materials.
Traveling – Worker will be required to travel to other designated work locations either on TMC campus or outside of TMC campus.
Humid/Dry – Worker will be exposed to an environment marked by a relatively high level of water vapor in the atmosphere or relatively low level of water vapor.
Working on uneven/slippery surface – Worker will be exposed to working and/or walking surface conditions that are uneven and could be slippery, for example; floors, stairs, etc.
Lighting – Working in extreme bright or inadequate lighting conditions.
Wearing protective equipment – Worker will be required to wear devices to protect against hazards in the work environment, such as; safety glasses, face shields, respirators, and gloves.
Noise – Worker is exposed to sounds and noise levels that may be distracting or uncomfortable.
Wet Conditions – Worker will be required to work in wet or humid conditions that are non-weather related.
On Call – Employee is required to be available to return to duty outside their regularly scheduled work hours due to sudden demands on staffing or unexpected increases in activity.
Working At Heights – Worker will be required to work in high or precarious places.