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MD Anderson Cancer Center Program Manager, Research Development in Houston, Texas

The primary purpose of the Program Manager position is to provide scientific and research development, input, and writing for strategic and priority programs across the Division of Radiation Oncology.

The scope of work will mainly emphasize the development, planning, submission, and follow-through of multi-investigator/project/institutional grant applications and proposals to federal/state sponsors, industry, philanthropy, and institutional leadership, based on scientific and research collaborations, funding sources, technology platforms, and alignment with the strategic initiatives and goals of the Division and MD Anderson.

Follow-through activities will include facilitating program implementation, reporting, and other stewardship activities, as applicable. The qualified individual will partner effectively with leadership, faculty researchers, administrators, and other team members across the departments, division, institution, and beyond, as needed, to craft compelling cases and justification for new or continued support and to support execution of programs.


  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts, practices, and policies to support many different activities related to complex proposals and scientific collaborations, both internal and external.

  • Provides potential solutions to scientific challenges or makes recommendations to establish consensus among key participants.

  • Writes and edits scientific and other components for prioritized division and department grant or proposal submissions, including those for philanthropy support and industry alliances.

  • Establishes workflow and works closely with scientific and administrative partners (grants, finance, regulatory and compliance, and other personnel) on development, timely submission, and follow-through of priority projects/programs for the Division of Radiation Oncology, including reconciling overall budgets with scopes of work and adhering to sponsor and institutional guidelines.

  • Manages the coordination of division/departmental working groups to facilitate collaborations and future research endeavors.

  • Facilitates post-award scientific processes and management of activities as they pertain to development of on-going priority proposal submissions.

  • Attends or coordinates programmatic research meetings and monitors project/program progression, deliverables, timelines, and sponsor deliverables, in conjunction with research and administrative teams.

  • Supports the interpretation of results and research outcomes in order to best represent research progress in presentation and graphical formats.

  • Remains knowledgeable in aspects of programmatic initiatives to be able to evaluate scientific challenges that may affect the programs.

  • Develops, compiles, and writes scientific reports based on complex research data, and coordinates submission of summaries and progress reports to sponsors.

  • Coordinates with research subject matter experts and administrators to track, compile, and present milestones and outcomes of research-associated activities, for divisional and institutional reporting priorities.

  • Assists in resource justification and utilization for current and future projects/programs.

  • Coordinates with Program Manager for strategic initiatives, multi-platform services, writers, and key participants across the Division to develop compelling, scientifically-driven materials, including those for digital technology platforms, for different internal and external audiences, including sponsors and patients.

  • Develops and manages prioritization process and metrics related to requests for support (grants, manuscripts, program implementation activities, etc.).

  • Responsible for identifying and communicating external funding opportunities and maintaining a resource library of funding opportunities and templates.

  • Responsible for developing, maintaining and updating a database of faculty research and funding portfolios.



Required: Bachelor's degree.

Preferred: Master's degree in a scientific discipline, healthcare, or related field, or PhD in a scientific discipline, healthcare, or related field.


Required: Five years of related program management experience.

May substitute required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis.

With preferred degree, three years of required experience.

Preferred: At least six years of experience in an academic research environment, to include data gathering, proposal planning, preparation, submission, and execution. Laboratory or bench science experience.

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

  • Requisition ID: 131929

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Pivotal Position: No

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 69,600

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 87,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 104,400