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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 Institute Assistant Scientist II participates in cross-functional research to validate novel targets for neurodegenerative diseases, and translate these finding into novel therapeutic agents to benefit patients. An ideal candidate will be able to work in an interdisciplinary team to support our internal drug discovery efforts as well as to participate in developing novel approaches to optimize and increase throughput of drug discovery projects.


* Under moderate supervision, contribute to carefully planned project activities through laboratory experiments.
* Serve as the coordinating scientist for behavioral pharmacology.
* Administer test objects to models of disease including genetically engineered mouse colonies.
* Help establish and validate novel assays for evaluating therapeutic targets.
* Working with a team, design and execute pharmacological studies involving animal models of neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation.
* Utilize immunohistochemical techniques in brain slices to identify specific expression of relevant proteins following in vivo drug dosing experiments.
* Interact closely with other research staff across institutional functional teams.
* Participate in an integrated drug discovery research team by engaging in interaction with scientists of different disciplines.


Required: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Enzymology, Pharmacology, Chemistry or related field.

Preferred: Master's Level Degree


Required: Eighteen months of relevant research laboratory experience. With preferred degree, no required experience.

Education: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Enzymology, Pharmacology, Chemistry or related field.

Preferred: Strong technical abilities in rodent behavioral assays with chronic dosing, proven experience in experimental planning and data interpretation, and experience in histology techniques is desired

The position requires a highly self-motivated individual, with outstanding organizational skills, the ability to learn to effectively present results and conclusions to co-workers, collaborators and manager. Ability to multitask, work well under pressure and drive personal and team objectives that impact critical timelines is expected. A collaborative attitude is essential for this position.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

About University of Texas M.D. Anderson

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center once again is the top hospital in the nation for cancer care, according to the U.S. News & World Reports annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. This is the fourth time in the past five years that M. D. Anderson has achieved the lead ranking. It has been ranked as one of the top two hospitals for cancer care for 19 years since the survey began. M. D. Anderson specialties earning national rankings also include ear, nose and throat (4); urology (9); and gynecology (16).