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Coord, Research Laboratory-Cardiology Research

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Nov 9, 2022

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Mission Statement

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


Function: Coordinates and implements activities within a research laboratory program, including technical oversight and supervision, and evaluation of assigned staff.

Scope: Impacts the efficient management, planning, development, budget and other fiscal duties in a research laboratory program.

Key Functions
  1. Human Resource Coordination (­­15% Effort)
  • Initiates requests for new laboratory personnel. Works with assigned PIs and Department Administrator to identify potentially qualified applicants for educational appointment and designated technical support positions for a lab program.
  • Coordinates interviews of qualified applicants with other employees and staff. Participates in final selection of qualified applicants.
  • Coordinates laboratory educational activities for new employees. Plans and/or conducts in-service programs.
  • Counsels employees regarding institutional policies and departmental procedures and assists with completion of evaluations. Reviews all performance issues directly with Department Administrator.
  • Handles requests for leaves of absence and processes through appropriate departmental personnel.

  1. Fiscal Responsibility (15% Effort)
  • Assists in planning and managing the fiscal year budget for the assigned lab program.
  • Prepares lab operating budgets including justifications for new expenditures.
  • Visually monitors inventory of consumable supplies and replaces depleted items in a timely fashion so as to ensure continuity in lab experimental procedures.
  • Reviews and makes recommendation for purchasing based on anticipated workload; at times will suggest existing alternative(s), and route them to the Department academic office for procurement.
  • Recommends replacement or purchase of new equipment.
  • Consults directly with personnel from Department of Cardiology, Procurement, Receiving, or Accounts Payable when any problem with an order arises.
  • Keeps accurate and up-to-date records of purchase orders placed, received, and the final cost.
  • Reconciles all purchase orders with purchase requisitions and delivery slips.

  1. Assists with preparation of grant applications ( 20% Effort)

  1. Laboratory Safety (10% Effort)
  • Coordinates laboratory educational activities for all laboratory personnel in the research lab program with the Research Lab Manager. Requires and encourages lab personnel to take safety courses and any other courses that may benefit them in their job performance, such as English as a Second Language.
  • Plans and ensures that appropriate training of lab personnel (e.g. technicians, students, postdoctoral fellows, and fellows) is conducted with respect to proper laboratory techniques, use of laboratory equipment and supplies, and safety procedures. Coordinates with the appropriate MDACC offices to provide specialized courses when needed.
  • Maintains and updates laboratory safety notebooks (e.g. MSDS, Emergency Plan, Radiation Certificates, Safety Plan, Isotope Disposal, Wipe Tests, Chemical Hygiene Plan, and Radiation Plan).
  • Conducts periodic laboratory inspections and ensures that laboratories are prepared for accreditation and inspection and communicates outcomes to Research Lab Manager.
  • Modifies and/or develops new techniques.
  • Consults with Environmental Health and Safety personnel concerning safety procedures required for installation and usage of equipment. Communicates issues to Research Lab Manager.

  1. Conducts laboratory research projects (40% Effort)
  • Organizes and maintains a laboratory program.
  • Plans and/or conducts in-service programs.
  • Exercises considerable imagination, initiative, and inventiveness in planning and executing the details of experiments and in evaluating and interpreting the results.
  • Compiles data sheets.

The performance for all expected outcomes is measured by observation by the Department Chairman, the Department Administrator, PI's, reports from co-workers, the accuracy and timeliness of work produced, and demonstration of the ability to effectively work under stress and anticipate needs. The ability to deal effectively with a variety of individuals and situations is essential.

  • IC - Analytical Thinking :
    • Gather relevant information systematically;
    • Break down problems into simple components; and
    • Make sound decisions.
  • IC-Oral Communication :
    • Express ideas clearly and concisely in groups and one-to-one conversations;
    • Create an environment with open channels of communication.
  • IC-Written Communication :
    • Convey information clearly and concisely through both formal and informal documents;
    • Adapt writing style to fit the audience.
  • IC - Build Relationships :
    • Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; and
    • Show sincere interest in others and their concerns.
  • IC - Innovative Thinking :
    • Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; and
    • Offer new ideas, solutions and/or options.

  • IC-Technical/Functional Expertise :
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency required to do the job;
    • Possess up-to-date knowledge in the profession;
    • Provide technical expertise to others.
  • TC-Equipment Usage & Safety Preparedness :
    • Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; and
    • Offer new ideas, solutions and/or options
    • Employee maintains expectations for safety preparedness, including but not limited to: Orientation to new equipment, Employee Education Event, CPR training, fire drills

Working Conditions

This position requires:

Working in Office Environment

____x_ No

_ Yes

Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic)

____x_ No

_ Yes

Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues

______ No

x Yes

Exposure to harmful chemicals

______ No

x Yes

Exposure to radiation

______ No

x Yes

Exposure to animals

______ No

x Yes

Working conditions are acceptable but may involve exposure to occasional hazardous equipment and materials. Works with infectious agents, toxic chemicals, and radioisotopes.

Alertness and careful attention are required to avoid injury to self or others. May require extended periods of standing at a counter. Tasks may involve frequent walking or standing for up to six hours a day. Must be able to work at instrument (standing) for 3-4 hours without a break. Work may involve frequently unscheduled tasks, which must be of very high quality, could be highly repetitive, and may involve unscheduled overtime. May require occasional bending/stooping, reaching, manual handling, walking, visually inspecting, and lifting up to 20 pounds. Also involves problem solving, reasoning, independent decision-making, analyzing, planning and communicating orally and in writing. Use the computer via the keyboard to prepare reports and other documents.

Works with personal computers using standard software, i.e., word processing, Excel, database and graphics programs.

Physical Demands

Indicate the time required to do each of the following physical demands:

Time Spent














Up to 10 lbs

10lbs to 50 lbs

More than 50 lbs


Up to 10 lbs

10lbs to 50 lbs

More than 50 lbs

Use computer/keyboard

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree.

EXPERIENCE: Five years of experience in scientific, research or clinical laboratory to include three years in a lead/supervisory capacity. With preferred degree, three years of required experience in a lead/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.
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