MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Project Manager - Thoracic/Head & Neck Medical Oncology in Houston, Texas

Research Project Manager - Thoracic/Head & Neck Medical Oncology

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Research at

Cancer Medicine - Research 900080

Requisition #: 116704

While encompassing the overall mission of MD Anderson Cancer Center, the particular goals of the Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology are to provide the highest quality of care to our patients and to advance the treatment and prevention of aerodigestive cancers through innovative clinical and laboratory research. Our investigations involve many of the most promising molecularly-targeted agents and combinations of agents currently known. We emphasize rigorous study conduct and impeccable study design, and many of our studies have been developed through cooperative group mechanisms.The Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology staff directly responsible for patient care is comprised of 18 physicians, 12 research nurses, two inpatient mid-level providers, and 12 outpatient mid-level providers. Our physician team includes twelve physicians who care only for thoracic medical oncology patients in the Thoracic Center, two head/neck and 5 medical oncologists who treat both lung cancer and head/neck cancer patients in those respective outpatient clinic areas.


Collaborate with the leadership of the Thoracic Scientific Research Program.

•Participates in scientific advisory boards, strategic planning committees, program retreats.

•Works with the Program Leaders to develop grant proposals and projects, related budgets, site visits, external review committees and other important scientific activities and events.

•Manages relationships and serves as liaison with internal and external stakeholders and collaborative partners.

•Collaborates across the institution to ensure program objectives and deliverables are met.

•Collaborates with faculty and presents findings of research projects to professional groups at MDACC and externally.

•Presents program initiatives at executive and scientific committees. Prepares reports, business plans, strategic plans and presentations.

Program Management

•Oversees complex research initiatives associated with proposed and funded projects in relation to the Thoracic Scientific Research program focusing on milestone development, effective program planning, efficient program implementation & evaluation.

•Ensures general project administration including all technical, business, administrative and operational aspects are executed in alignment with program 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. Identifies internal and external funding opportunities to enhance research portfolio.

•Performs critical review of submitted materials for research funding applications, progress reports, and other related communications. Copy-edit or rewrite as necessary to ensure that the information collected is accurate, reflects the requested information, and is provided in accordance with specified guidelines and policies (institutional, federal, and industry).

•Develops standardized procedures across project work volume/workflow. For example, establishes procedures and work process for reviewing scientific manuscripts. Identifies and ensures working timelines are developed and met, assembles reviewers, oversees reviewer comments and ensures timely submission.

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

•Monitors and reviews progress of multiple research projects and reviews research activities. Ensures academic personnel have designated meeting time with the faculty Program Director and meet/exceed mentoring plans.

•Reviews contracts for Director’s speaking engagements and manages finances and budgets within institution allocations.

•Evaluates success of program Identifying and implementing strategies to enhance program outcomes.

•Reviews and informs on program accounts, provides relevant information on current and planned personnel as well as related laboratory expenses.

•Conceptualizes and directs the publicizing and promotion of program.

Program Support

•Provides support for all program and project meetings and sub-meetings supporting projects led by the Faculty Program Director.

•Drafts scientific project proposals for submission to funding agencies. Organizes scientific planning meetings with collaborators/contributors to draft study aims, methods etc.

•Maintains current scientific and technical information concerning relevant developments related to various departmental projects and/or programs. Works with Faculty Program Director to track project milestones, set timelines, and follow-up as needed.

•Oversees and maintains all compliance and regulatory issues (federal, state, and institutional) for research projects.

•Coordinates meetings and presentations for the purpose of providing progress, updates, and goals and objectives of each project.

Other duties as assigned

Master's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field. Four years experience in scientific or experimental research to include two years as a project manager. With preferred degree (PhD), 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.