MD Anderson Cancer Center Laboratory Manager - Surgical Oncology Research 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 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary purpose of the Laboratory Manager position is to manage the research laboratories in the department of Surgical Oncology. This position plays a crucial interface role for the Surgical Oncology laboratories, with responsibility for the laboratory operations, safety, grant account monitoring and reporting, protocol management, personnel, and compliance.


Oversee Lab Operations

This encompasses maintenance or renovation requirements of the laboratories or laboratory equipment. This function requires interactions with both internal and external service/maintenance providers. Assist in the establishment of new laboratories or the move of existing laboratories. This involves a complex orchestration of activities involving the Office of Research, laboratory planners and multiple service departments within and outside the institution. Laboratory safety is monitored daily by visual inspections of the laboratories. Potential safety hazards are addressed with the individual laboratories. Monitor personnel safety training. Ensure all personnel receive needed safety training. Maintain records of personnel safety training. Administer the departmental research M&O funds. Assist with developing the research M&O budget. Coordinate with other departmental managers the procurement and distribution of institutional programs and rewards. Participate in any special projects the Department Chair or Administrator requests. Conduct the annual capitol equipment

inventory. Input requisitions and track down orders lost on the dock daily.


Assist faculty with personnel recruitment by working closely with HR to identify potential candidates. Work with HR to complete the recruitment process once a candidate has been selected. Orient new personnel. Familiarize employees with departmental and institutional policies. Submit all requests for building access, keys, and badges. Process all on-boarding paperwork related to employee payroll (source of funding changes, FMLA or merit increases). Creates required HR paperwork for personnel when disciplinary action is required. Coordinates meeting with Principal Investigators and attends meetings. Coordinates employee evaluations to ensure all employees are evaluated in a timely manner. Identify and arrange necessary training for new hires. Monitor annual training programs for Surgical Oncology research employee compliance. Arrange training classes as needed for research employees.

Grants, Protocols, and Research Finance

Serve as a member of the Surgical Oncology research finance team. Provide assistance in developing grant budgets upon request. Help resolve checklist compliance issues for protocols on grants. Collaborate with the Grant Program Manager regarding grant account monitoring, including assuring appropriate expenditures, confirm account balances, expense transfers, and personnel salary expenditures. Assist the principle investigators and their respective administrative staff in the management of their research protocols. Monitor the protocol approval process. Intervene with the committee coordinators if necessary. Communicate with the PI to determine appropriate funding for research expenditures. Work with departmental financial staff to resolve any funding issues. Arrange expenditure transfers.


Minimum: $73,600 – Midpoint: $92,000 – Maximum: $110,400


Required: Bachelor's degree in one of the basic sciences or related fields.

Preferred: Master's degree in Healthcare Administration or related field.


Required: Seven years of experience in laboratory operations to include two years in a supervisory capacity.

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.