MD Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Research Scientist - Investigational Cancer Therapeutics in Houston, Texas

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 Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics conducts broad phase I studies across disease boundaries and molecular targets. We strive to provide outstanding patient care while performing innovative phase I trials with new drugs that may eventually improve the management of cancer.

The primary purpose of the Clinical Research Scientist position is to plan, coordinate, design, supervise, and carry out clinical research projects. Apply scientific/medical expertise and experience to plan, coordinate, and supervise the evaluation of clinical and translational research data. Ensure the quality of resulting publications.

Salary Range: Min $53,200 - Mid $66,500 - Max $79,800

Key Functions

  1. Clinical and translational research projects and initiatives.

· Assist principal investigator in the development and design of clinical and translational research to ensure value and feasibility of proposal.

· Assist principal investigator in determining the specific goals or objectives to be attained.

· Develop and maintain standard procedures and protocols to ensure the quality and integrity of research data to be obtained.

· Identify and implement strategies to enhance collaboration between investigators and clinical or research scientists.

· Abstract medical and scientific information and provide lay language versions when required.

  1. Clinical and translational data analysis.

· Review protocol documents including abstracts, text, and informed consent for relevant information.

· Review medical records to extract data points.

· Review and evaluate clinical protocol and translational research data, including laboratory correlates data.

· Ensure that the relevant clinical data is collected at designated stages in the treatment process.

· Provide sound data analysis and interpretation of results for manuscripts and grant research plans.

· Prepare data and information related to protocols, grants, abstracts, and manuscript submissions, as needed.

  1. Reporting, writing, and editing projects.

· Compose technical reports, abstracts, slide presentations, spreadsheets, posters, and manuscripts for submission to corporate and federal sponsors, conferences, and scientific journals.

· Copyedit technical reports.

· Proofread galley proofs of manuscripts nearing publication.

· Utilize technical writing ability to compose and abstract medical and scientific information for preparation of written correspondence, reports, and protocols under the direction of study investigator.

· Compile, write, and submit project results to principal investigator.

· Edit and/or write sections of protocols and reports as directed by study investigator.

· Prepare specific protocol reports and analysis to aid decisions regarding therapeutic efficacy.

· Prepare documents for publication by reviewing analyses and interpretations of data to ensure accuracy and alignment with research data. Ensure clarity of expression.

· Prepare abstracts of professional literature of a technical nature based on reading and comprehension of the material.

· Ensure that the data collected reflects the requested information and can be provided in accordance with specified guidelines.

· Compile information and draft presentations to provide the most effective arrangement of data (financial, scientific, medical, business, and academic).

· Produce medical illustrations, publication graphics, scientific posters, and slide presentations for national and international meetings.

· Present findings of research projects to professional groups.

The performance for all expected outcomes is measured by observation by supervisor, reports from faculty and co-workers, the accuracy and timeliness of work produced, and the demonstrated ability to effectively work under stress. The ability to deal effectively with a variety of individuals and situations is essential, as is the ability to meet conflicting deadlines and to work in stressful conditions due to deadline requirements. The position also requires one to anticipate needs, to recognize situations requiring assistance and have the ability to refer or perform any necessary tasks, and to comprehend the goals of the department/program and take the initiative in making decisions and taking actions to further these goals.

The above functions require the following abilities and skills:

· Highly developed analytical and conceptual skills paired with detail orientation, exceptional interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to creatively and innovatively approach problem solving.

· Ability to practice independently, strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational and critical judgment skills, and effective interactions with patients and co-workers.

· Strong organizational skills.

· Ability to work with personal computers using standard word processing software, spreadsheets, and programs for database and graphics usage.

· Ability to maintain a satisfactory work environment by organizing and redistributing files, records, etc., requiring bending, stooping, reaching, manual handling, walking, visually inspecting, extended standing, sitting and repetitive motions. May be required to lift up to 15 pounds.

· Requires use of computer via keyboard, and operating facsimile machine, calculator, printer, photocopy machine, etc. Requires the use of push-button, multiple line telephone set. Must be able to master new software by utilizing available resources (other program personnel, reference manual, training classes, etc.)

· Ability to be clearly understood by verbal communication in face-to-face encounters and by telephone.

· Strong command of the English language, including spelling, writing, and verbalizing and ability to communicate well verbally and in writing.

Working Conditions

This position requires:

Working in Office Environment




Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic)




Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues




Exposure to harmful chemicals




Exposure to radiation




Exposure to animals




Physical Demands

Indicate the time required to do each of the following physical demands:

Time Spent


















Up to 10 lbs


10lbs to 50 lbs


More than 50 lbs



Up to 10 lbs


10lbs to 50 lbs


More than 50 lbs


Use computer/keyboard



Required: PhD or Medical degree.


Required: None.


PhD or MD, and/or postdoc experience, and then in terms of experience/abilities:

  • Clinical experience

  • Strong technical writing skills (previous experience writing manuscripts, abstracts, etc.,)

  • Project management skills

  • Flexibility with changing priorities/deadlines

  • Ability to analyze and interpret data

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.

Additional Information

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 53,200

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 66,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 79,800