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Project Director - Translational Molecular Pathology

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MD Anderson Houston , TX 77020

Posted 2 months ago


The purpose of the Project Director role is to is to apply his/her technical expertise and scientific background to support the multidisciplinary scientific activities of the NCI funded Cancer Immune Monitoring and Analysis Center (CIMAC) Network through scientific writing, contributing to and coordinating internal and external communication, raising grant and foundation funding and scientific planning. The Network consists of four CIMAC sites and a Cancer Immunologic Data Commons, and is charged to establish and to address the critical importance of biomarkers in management of cancer patients receiving immunotherapy and systematically advance translational research efforts using biomarkers to aid in the further development of cancer immunotherapy.


Network Administration and Project Management (in conjunction with NCI, principal investigators and site Project managers)

  • Track network clinical trials with Clinical Trial Coordinator and NCI CTEP representative and assigned site

  • Troubleshot with team leads on infrastructure establishment and workflow

  • Identify bottlenecks and offer solutions to push initiatives forward

  • Lead Project Management meetings and delegate based on expertise and ability for quick turn-around

  • Assists CIMAC PI in close collaboration with clinical trial PIs, to review and develop biomarker analyses sections for clinical protocols

  • Coordinates internal meetings with MDACC CIMAC leadership and follows up on action items impacting Network

  • Track network milestones as it pertains to PACT collaboration

  • Assists in maintenance, workflow and support of network documents to include:

  • clinical trial intake forms

  • network MTAs

  • sample collection and processing umbrella SOPs

oassay validation reports and analytical performance data for assays

  • Assay SOPs

  • Immunoprofiling capabilities document for tier 1 and future assays

  • Create and ensure consistency for all network documents across sites

  • Maintain central project management site (Basecamp) with CDIC PM and other sites to ensure that information that is uploaded is relevant, consistent and in the correct format

  • Create Powerpoint slides for clinical trial biomarker plans to present to NCI and network PIs

  • Create agendas and meeting summaries (minutes) when appropriate for network meetings

Scientific and Technical Oversight:

  • Ability to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts, practices and policies to support complex and/or unprecedented situations across multiple functional areas related to the network

  • Provides solutions to scientific challenges by making recommendations to establish consensus among network PI and NCI project leads

  • Contributes to and supports network decisions to push scientific CIMAC agenda

  • Writes and edits scientific components of network documents in conjunction with network PIs and NCI

  • Writes Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for biomarker analyses in Clinical Trials

  • Attends all programmatic research meetings and monitors project progression, deliverables, project timelines and sponsor deliverables in conjunction with research team

  • Monitors network project intake with network team and supports prioritization of tasks and develops timelines

  • Interprets results and research outcomes in order to best represent research progress in presentation and graphical formats

  • Knowledgeable in aspects of programmatic initiatives to be able to evaluate scientific challenges that may impact the network as it relates to network resources

  • Assists with the coordination of network working groups facilitating collaborations and future science endeavors

  • Develops, compiles, and writes scientific reports utilizing complex research data, and submits summaries and progress reports to network and LCC

Financial Management and Scientific Projection

  • Together with Research and Dev Director, develop draft work plans, timelines and budgets for internal and external collaborations.

  • Work with Research and Dev Director to supervise special projects of a scientific and/or administrative nature as assigned (e.g., prepares scientific documents, prepare slides, and other duties as needed).

  • Work with Research and Dev Director on major grant projects, site visits, external review committees and other important scientific events.

  • Present findings of research projects to professional groups at MDACC and externally as requested; understand research projects and when requested, represent Director at meetings with clinicians and basic scientists.

  • Partner with scientific teams to ensure scientists achieve and maintain a high-level of performance and liaise with collaborators internal and external for multi-investigator grants.

  • Responsible for approval of all invoices to ensure that all quoting/billing documents are accurate

  • Assist in the submission of MTAs, PTAs, and CDAs for external collaborations

  • Writes and edits scientific components for CIMAC grant submissions and coordinates with PI collaborators for timely submission of grant components

  • Responsible for reports required from NIH, CIMAC Network, and industry sponsors on activities to include annual progress reports, activities performed, publication requests, IRB documentation.

  • Work with Research and Dev Director to organize project reviews, scientific retreats and advisory board meetings.

  • Partner with scientific teams to ensure scientists achieve and maintain a high-level of performance and liaise with collaborators internal and external for multi-investigator grants.

Personal Development

  • Attend seminars, symposia, classes, etc. to advance knowledge of funding opportunities and strategies.

  • Attend meetings, seminars, etc. to develop scientific knowledge relevant to job duties.

Bachelor's degree in Science, Healthcare Administration or related field. Six years of experience in healthcare and/or research program development and management to include three years in a supervisory capacity. May substitute required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis. 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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Project Director - Translational Molecular Pathology

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MD Anderson