MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Scientist (non-laboratory) - Hematological Malignancies in Houston, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary role of the Research Scientist (non-laboratory) position is to review and interpret scientific and clinical data from published literature and accessible databases for integration into a Precision Oncology Decision Support (PODS) knowledgebase. This position will support the Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy Program (IPCT) to bring personalized cancer therapy to the clinic. The ideal candidate will have a strong clinical/translational research background in the area of hematological malignancies.

The salary range is: min-$53,200, mid-$66,500 and max-$79,800.

KEY FUNCTIONS

  1. Utilizes their strong hematological background (translational/clinical) to help establish new requirements for variant interpretation in the area of hematological malignancies.

  2. Applies scientific training to carefully review and interpret scientific literature to inform variant classification.

  3. Succinctly summarizes findings and their relevance to clinical treatment according to established SOP.s

  4. Curates clinical trial eligibility criteria (available from clinicaltrials.gov and other internal resources) into discrete elements in order to facilitate patient-clinical trial matching

  5. Curates drugs for their relevance to biomarkers and/or disease

  6. Curates levels of evidence based on FDA approved indications, NCCN guidelines and other sources

  7. Supports knowledgebase enhancement and development, both in terms of content and infrastructure.

  8. Assists Clinical Data Abstractor in setting up and validating requests for annotation of patient molecular testing results, as needed.

  9. Supports Precision Oncology Scientists, as needed, in QA/QC processes, data entry and standardization, knowledge base content update, patient tracking and other clinical or research projects.

  10. Other duties, as assigned.

EDUCATION

Required: PhD in one of the natural sciences or related field or Medical degree

EXPERIENCE

Required: With PhD, no experience required. With Medical degree, two years of experience in experimental or scientific work.

Preferred: Translational/clinical research experience in the area of hematologic cancers is highly preferred. Direct experience in clinical trials setting or as a somatic variant annotator, also a plus.

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