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Research Assistant I

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Hiring Organization MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital
Post Name Research Assistant I
Qualification Any Graduate
Industry Private
Employment Type Full Time
Work Hours 8 Hours
Salary USD 31200 To USD 46800 Per Year
Location Houston, Texas, United States 77030


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.


Provides administrative and patient care services for the coordination of research studies.


Caring Behaviors

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.

Integrity Behaviors

Reliability: Communicates frequently, honestly and openly. Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for practicing our values. Safety: Models safe behavior (wears a badge and personal protective equipment, washes hands, and keeps work area clean and orderly); Notices a safety concern or emergency, understands the 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

Discovery Behaviors

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.


Screens new and potential patients in the clinic for participation in tissue or serum bank protocols. Obtains informed consent forms from patients for minimal risk procedures, and documents consent process in patient’s medical records. Registers patients in CORe and other relevant databases

Sample collection, toxicity reporting, and quality assurance assist in the management of research samples or data as needed. This includes working with many different departments. Ability to effectively communicate with these departments in order to collect data and prevent protocol deviations or violations. Assist in departmental duties and Quality Assurance Rotation.

Regulatory & Administrative: Collaborates with multidisciplinary teams individually and in group meetings. Work with the tissue bank director and oversight committee to receive, review and process LOI requests for tissue access and usage. Ensures processes and procedures are implemented and in keeping with the guiding principles of the Institutional Tissue Bank.

Inventory Control & Data Management Provides coordination of writing, submitting, and maintenance of tissue or serum bank protocols. Develops and maintains a processing and tracking method for all protocol-related documentation from origination, to IRB submission, to activation and implementation, to completion, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.


Analytical Thinking – Gather relevant information systematically; break down problems into simple components; make sound decisions.

Influence Others – Present a compelling case for proposals and ideas; advocate for support and commitment from others; mobilize others to take action for benefit of the institution.

Inspire Trust – Show consistency among principles, values, and behavior; gain the confidence and trust of others.

Listen to Others – Listen to feedback and input carefully; demonstrate attention to others; acknowledge and listen to differing perspectives in a group.

Oral Communication – Express ideas clearly and concisely in groups and one-to-one conversations; create an environment with open channels of communication.

Professionalism – Employee demonstrates a commitment to collaborative professional relationships with physicians and all members of the health care team.

Service Orientation

Provide service to our stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, colleagues, and each other, in a safe, courteous, accountable, efficient and innovative manner including:

  • 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

Customer Focus

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 listening to, and responding in a clear and timely manner to the 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 the patient, family member, caregiver, or clinical team to aid in proactively resolving issues and concerns.
  • Provides 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 it is necessary to escalate

Bachelor’s degree, major course work in one of the basic sciences. No experience. It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunities 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.

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