Research Assistant II - University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Written by Peter M. Grace, PhD  
Monday, 15 May 2017

Research Assistant II: Neuroimmune Mechanisms of Persistent Pain

A Research Assistant II position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Grace in the Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.  Studies in the lab focus on the role and therapeutic potential of cross-talk between neurons and immune cells in persistent pain.  Regarding research activities, the candidate will be responsible for performing rodent care and maintenance, surgery, behavior, and necropsy.  Other laboratory techniques include immunohistochemistry, cell culture, PCR, Western blot, and microscopy. Laboratory maintenance is a major area responsibility for this position: the candidate will ensure that the lab is in Federal and Institutional compliance, order reagents and equipment, coordinate repairs and deliveries, maintain shared stock reagents and resources etc.  The candidate will be provided with significant training in research areas with which he/she is less familiar.

Essential qualifications: undergraduate biomedical research work.  Critical thinking, problem solving, and attentiveness to detail required.  The position requires the ability to work cooperatively with others, strong organizational skills, and the ability to carry out experiments.

Preferred qualifications: at least two years of experience in small animal surgery and behavior, and molecular biology techniques.

Interested individuals are encouraged to forward a curriculum vitae, and a list of three references to Dr. Peter Grace, Assistant Professor, Department of Critical Care and Respiratory Care Research, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (email: pgrace@mdanderson.org).

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