MD Anderson Cancer Center Behavioral Science Research Assistant - Health Disparities Research in Houston, Texas

Perform entry level-specific activities in support of multiple research projects and studies targeting underserved Hispanic/Latino communities in Houston, TX. To implement applied prevention projects including data collection, field interviewing, and educational activities. Candidate must be fluent in English and Spanish.


Research Related Tasks

Assist Program Coordinator and other staff on project related tasks such as recruitment and screening of participants. Conduct in-person interviews and assessments with participants. Local travel is required. Evening and weekend work is required. Conduct telephonic in-person interviews and assessments with participants. Measure research participants' biometrics including weight, height and waistline measurements. Ability to complete tasks as assigned in a timely and accurate manner; at peak periods may be working under short timelines and stressful conditions. Travel to various community sites (e.g., health care clinics, community centers, participants' homes) is required. Adapts to changing conditions in situations that may be characterized by high stress levels, such as project deadlines. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, budget and prioritize time and workload, address spontaneous issues and problems, resolve conflicts, and make decisions.

Data Entry

Enter participant data in the database and perform basic data management tasks; register participant in institutional database. Extensive use with Microsoft programs such as Excel and Word and research programs such as Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap).

Literature search/review

Search and review literature in pertinent areas, preparing written reports as necessary. Photocopy, organize, and maintain journal articles accurate records.

Other Duties Assigned

Other duties as assigned


Required: High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred: Bachelor's degree.


Required: Four years of related experience. No experience required with preferred degree.

Preferred: Bilingual in Spanish and English.

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.