MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Project Manager - McCombs Institute in Houston, Texas

The mission of The University of Texas MD 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 primary purpose of the position is to manage key Moon Shot Platform projects, to supervise technical personnel, and to perform highly technical work in medical and related research projects for the McCombs Institute.

Project and Personnel Management

Plans complex research initiatives associated with proposed and funded projects in relation to the Platform, specifically projects for immunoassay development and validation of proteomics targets.

Develops and revises research techniques and standard procedures.

Assembles and operates the laboratory equipment.

Manage lab supplies as required for projects.

Independently design and execute biomarker validation experiments. Analyze and present results in laboratory meetings.

Trains junior lab personnel and troubleshoot technical and logistical issues independently.

Ensures general project administration including all technical, business, administrative, and operational aspects are executed in alignment with Platform goals. Develops and reviews research project schedules and work plans to support the long and short-range goals associated with scientific research activities.

Implements plans for new research initiatives and coordinates long-term strategic planning efforts for programmatic research activities.

Performs critical review of submitted materials for research funding applications, progress reports, and other related communications.

Ensures specific goals and objectives are obtained from study partners including external industry partners. Evaluates research data and develops and writes scientific reports.

Evaluates success of program identifying and implementing strategies to enhance program outcomes.

Reviews and informs on project financial accounts. Provides relevant information on current and planned personnel as well as related laboratory expenses.

Determine manpower requirements for the projects. Recruit and directly manage technical personnel including hiring and firing decisions.

Laboratory Activities

Supervises technicians, coordinates, and conducts lab experiments for the Platform including immunoassays, cell culture, drug treatment, spectrophotometry experiments, and electrophoresis.

Provides thorough reports of experiments performed, both in writing in a laboratory notebook and verbally at weekly group meetings. These reports and presentations will include interpretation of the results, rationale for improvements in established experimental methods, and plans for improvements in experimental design.

Exhibits considerable imagination, inventiveness, and initiative in planning and executing experiments and in evaluating the results.

Proficient in most current laboratory procedures including the following: cell/tissue culture methods, molecular cloning, vector construction, transfection, immunochemistry, protein purification, western blotting, gene mapping, promoter analysis, transcription assays, RNA and DNA extraction, PCR, RT-PCR, mouse experiments and drug treatment, among others.


Required: Master's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.

Preferred: PhD in one of the natural sciences or related field.


Required: Four years experience in scientific or experimental research to include two years as a project manager. With preferred degree, two years scientific or experimental research experience to include one year as a project manager.

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.