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MD Anderson Cancer Center Senior Research Project Manager in Houston, Texas


The primary purpose of the Senior Research Project Manageris to move investigator-initiated and Alliance projects forward from concept to implementation. Activities include project development and scientific writing, planning, organizing, and coordinating with the labs to implement clinical, preclinical, and translational research projects. This role collaborates heavily with principle investigators, sponsors, institutional offices, and partnering departments in multidisciplinary large-scale projects.



By our words and actions we create a caring environment for everyone.

  • We are sensitive to the concerns of our patients and co-workers.

  • We are respectful and courteous to each other at all times.

  • We promote and reward teamwork and inclusiveness.


We work together to merit the trust of our colleagues and those we serve.

  • We hold ourselves, and each other, accountable for practicing our values.

  • We communicate frequently, honestly and openly.

  • By our actions, we create an environment of trust.


We embrace creativity and seek new knowledge.

  • We help each other identify and solve problems.

  • We seek personal growth and enable others to do so.

  • We encourage learning, creativity and new ideas.


We provide a safe environment - physically and psychologically - for our patients, for our colleagues and for our community.

  • We create a sense of security and empowerment and are committed to keeping one another free from harm.

  • We embrace a framework and best practices for the highest quality of care and service.

  • We inspire trust by modeling excellence in our work and acceptance of each person's contributions.


We protect and preserve our institutional reputation and the precious resources - people, time, financial and environmental - entrusted to us.

  • We prioritize the health and well-being of each other.

  • We act responsibly to safeguard the institution's finances.

  • We ensure the proper care and use of time, data, materials, equipment and property afforded to us.


Scientific Management and Initiatives

• Supervises the design and development of protocols, amendments, correlatives, patient enrollments and coverage determination review for IIT, exempt and Alliance studies.

• Support the overall clinical and data management coordination of the IIT, exempt and alliance protocols. Protocol Liaison to sponsor and participating sites/departments.

• Partner with enrolling sites, departments and staff to build collaboration and identify opportunities leading to scientific discovery and novel therapeutics. Schedule meetings, take minutes and follow up on outstanding items. Ensure all supplies are ordered and on site or delivered to offsite locations prior to SIV. Coordinates with CTRC for ARMADA/ordering tool readiness or GI lab.

• Assist team to provide scientific expertise, analyze, interpret data, assess and complete monthly sponsor, data reports/summaries. Attend sponsor meetings.

• Work with department and faculty leadership to develop draft work plans, timelines, and budgets for internal and external collaborations.

• Assist with managing and mentoring, research staff, to ensure project deliverables and timelines are met.

• Attends all protocol initiation meetings (PIMs). Complete clinical content (CCTs) submissions, review meetings and follow until activated for IITs, exempt and Alliance studies.

• Attend seminars, meetings, and training to develop and advance scientific knowledge as relevant to job duties.

Scientific Writing and Reporting

• Conceptualize, write, organize, and submit proposal for amendments application related progress reports (biostats, review DSMC, IND reports, submits final summary)

• Analyze and interpret scientific data and information as related to proposals, grants, abstracts, and manuscript submissions in regards to study close out and reporting.

• Work with support teams (including bioinformatics and biostatisticians, IRB, IND office, CRF, regulatory/compliance) as needed to meet MDACC and federal guidelines.

• Assist in writing/editing clinical trial protocols and lab manuals as needed.

Project Oversight and Quality Assurance

• Oversee all operational aspects of clinical trial set up and organization, including quality assurance monitoring and development. Implementing corrective actions (CAPA) and trainings as needed. Quality assurance reports completed and submitted to department leadership monthly.

• Respond to patient inquiries from external and internal referral lines with superior customer service.

Review delegation of authority logs for accuracy. Manage study e-mail accounts.

• Initiate and lead cross-functional clinical exchange meetings, producing detailed meeting minutes and actively managing/tracking action items in a timely manner.

• Facilitate and manage effective communication across cross-functional teams.

• Serve as the primary sponsor contact from the project clinical operational standpoint, addressing questions and concerns in a timely and accurate manner.

• Develop alternative solutions to address issues impacting study timelines, resources, and communicate with the appropriate teams to ensure they are implemented effectively.


  • IC - Build Relationships:

  • Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; and

  • Show sincere interest in others and their concerns.

  • IC - Strategic Thinking:

  • Define strategic goals and issues clearly;

  • Apply broad knowledge and experience when addressing strategic issues; and

  • Foresee obstacles and opportunities relating to change or improvement.

  • IC - Influence Others:

  • Present a compelling case for proposals and ideas;

  • Gain support and commitment from others; and

  • Mobilize others to take action; negotiate persuasively.

  • the contributions of all team members; and

  • Balance individual and team goals

  • IC - Self-Motivation:

  • Set high standards of performance;

  • Pursue goals with energy and persistence; and

  • Drive for results and achievement.

  • IC - Oral Communication:

  • Express ideas clearly and concisely in groups and one-to-one conversations; and

  • Create an environment with open channels of communication.

  • IC - Analytical Thinking:

  • Gather relevant information systematically;

  • Break down problems into simple components; and

  • Make sound decisions.

  • IC - Innovative Thinking:

  • Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; and

  • Offer new ideas, solutions and/or options.

onsite presence: During the pandemic, not required. After the pandemic, onsite presence will be required on an as needed basis to meet project needs to be determined by supervisor.


Required: Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.

Preferred: Master's degree or PhD in one of the natural sciences or related field or Medical degree.


Required: Eight of years experience in scientific or experimental research to include two years as a project manager. With preferred master's degree, four years scientific or experimental research experience to include one year as a project manager. With preferred PhD or Medical degree, two years scientific, experimental or related clinical specialty experience.

Preferred: Three years project/program management experience within clinical research. Extensive research experience to include working knowledge of clinical trial organization, set up, operations, budget, and protocol development. Strong interest in scientific management and writing. Basic science lab experience in cancer biology and translational biology, and/or clinical translational research experience. Experience and working knowledge of clinical trial design. Experience and working knowledge of clinical trial organization, set up, operations, budget, and protocol development.

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: 150087

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Soft

  • Work Location: Hybrid Onsite/Remote

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 75,000

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 94,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 113,000

  • Science Jobs: No