Research Project Manager

Houston, Texas
May 21 2021
Health Sciences
Organization Type

The primary purpose of the Research Project Manager is to move investigator-initiated 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.

Job Functions

Scientific Management and Initiatives
• S upervises the design and development of proposals (Letter of Intent, protocols, correlatives and budget) and experiments that may support those proposals.

• Support the overall scientific management of the CPRIT by increasing grant and foundation funding awards.
• Partner with scientific teams to build collaboration and identify opportunities leading to scientific discovery and novel therapeutics.
• Assist team to provide scientific expertise and to design initial experiments, analyze and interpret data, assess follow-up experiments, and prepare data reports/summaries.
• Work with department and faculty leadership to develop draft work plans, timelines, and budgets for internal and external collaborations.

• Function in an independent manner to develop scientific content for new or repositioned proposals to support new/additional submissions, tracking and managing the life cycle of a proposal (from ideal to implementation).
• Assist with managing and mentoring postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, student interns, and other junior staff to ensure project deliverables and timelines are met.
• Attend seminars, meetings, and training to develop and advance scientific knowledge as relevant to job duties.

Scientific Writing and Publications
• Identify and apply for federal and private foundation funding opportunities.
• Liaise with funding agencies to discuss funding eligibility.
• Conceptualize, write, organize, and submit research grant applications and related progress reports.
• Analyze and interpret scientific data and information as related to proposals, grants, abstracts, and manuscript submissions.
• Work with support teams (including bioinformatics and biostatisticians, OSP, ORA, CRF, regulatory/compliance) as needed to meet MDACC and federal standards.
• Work with program leaders, research investigators, scientific project director, and team members to develop budgets for grant applications and preclinical proposals, including creating initial scientific budget and ensuring alignment with planned experiments and analyses.

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

Project Oversight and Administration
• Oversee all operational aspects of clinical trial set up and organization, including protocol development, budget generation, contract processing, regulatory items, and translational research/correlative biomarker plans.

• Follow up and track all operational activities related to the above to ensure activities and deliverables are being executed according to agreed upon timelines, and provide regular updates to appropriate MDACC Alliance Manager as needed for sponsored/collaborative studies .

• Liaise principle investigators with internal and external stakeholders around the Investigator Sponsored Tail (IST) platform.

• 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 operational standpoint, addressing questions and concerns in a timely and accurate manner.

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

Bachelor's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field. Education preferred: Master's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field. Six years experience in scientific or experimental research to include two years as a project manager. With preferred degree, four years scientific or experimental research experience to include one year as a project manager. 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.

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