MD Anderson Cancer Center Senior Research Nurse - Surgical Oncology 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 Senior Research Nurse position is to provide and coordinate independent, advanced research and protocol-related clinical aspects of investigational trials in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team and external sponsors in order to achieve quality clinical trials outcomes. The Senior Research Nurse may supervise other research personnel in the department in the absence of the Research Nurse Manager.


Assumes responsibility for the effective operation of research protocols in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI) and study sponsor. Assesses patients for protocol eligibility through personal interviews and medical record review. Assesses patients for follow up appointments per protocol requirements. Accurate and successful patient recruitment, scheduling and retention. Coordinates and monitors patients associated with a protocol. Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team as necessary. Provides documentation in the patient's medical record or recruitment log per protocol and institutional requirements. Responsible for designated secondary protocol assignments. Accurately reviews new protocol assignments for consistency and clarity. Creates protocol specific documentation reference tools. Responsible for day to day regulatory management.

Assists the PI in evaluation of patient response to protocol therapy. Provides protocol summary reports as requested. Assists the PI and support staff with protocol management, content and data analysis. Participates in organization/coordination of information expected to be monitored/audited.

Identifies and provides patient and family education needs regarding treatment management, evaluation and follow-up in clinical trial through talking with patients. Prepares for external monitoring or auditing visits. Administers investigational medications as required by the protocol, following acceptable nursing procedures/guidelines. Participates in budgets and research related charges for assigned protocols.

Maintains a high level of professional expertise and credibility through educational programs. Keep current concerning research, oncology and data management issues through reading, attending meetings and in-services. Attends departmental research meetings and conferences. Provides professional and ancillary staff education concerning research protocols by presenting in-services in clinic and inpatient units. Provides accurate information as requested to the multidisciplinary team.

Supervises other personnel in the absence of the Research Nurse Manager. Assists Research Nurses in protocol management. Serves as a preceptor for new Research Nurses and provides training and development of research personnel.


Minimum: $68,800 – Midpoint: $86,000 – Maximum: $103,200


Required: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.

Preferred: Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing.


Required: Two years of registered nurse experience.


Required: Current State of Texas Professional Nursing License (RN).

Preferred: Research and/or oncology certification.

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

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 68,800

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 86,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 103,200