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MD Anderson Cancer Center

Research Scientist - Investigational Cancer Therapeutics





Houston, Texas, United States

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 2019 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The Research Scientist plans, organizes, coordinates and participates in scientific research projects. Selects and manages laboratory personnel. Reviews and evaluates research activity of laboratory and research personnel. Determines specific goals or objectives to be obtained, evaluates research data and develops and revises techniques or approaches to work problems. Functions in a separate and independent manner in the design and initiation of research experiments. Designs, develops or adapts equipment used in experiments or research to obtain desired results. Responsible for laboratory equipment and implementing safety procedures. Presents findings of research projects to professional groups and prepares scientific documents for publication.


  1. Clinical and translational research projects and initiatives.
    • Design and develop clinical and translational research to ensure value and feasibility of proposal.
    • Recommends to the principal investigator in determining the specific goals or objectives to be attained.
    • Develop and maintain standard procedures and protocols to ensure the quality and integrity of research data to be obtained.
    • Identify and implement strategies to enhance collaboration between investigators and clinical or research scientists.
    • Abstract medical and scientific information and provide lay language versions when required.

  1. Clinical and translational data analysis.
    • Review protocol documents including abstracts, text, and informed consent for relevant information.
    • Review medical records to extract data points.
    • Review and evaluate clinical protocol and translational research data, including laboratory correlates data.
    • Ensure that the relevant clinical data is collected at designated stages in the treatment process.
    • Provide sound data analysis and interpretation of results for manuscripts and grant research plans.
    • Prepare data and information related to protocols, grants, abstracts, and manuscript submissions, as needed.

  1. Reporting, writing, and editing projects.
    • Independently compose technical reports, abstracts, slide presentations, spreadsheets, posters, and manuscripts for submission to corporate and federal sponsors, conferences, and scientific journals.
      • Copyedit technical reports.
      • Proofread galley proofs of manuscripts nearing publication.
      • Utilize technical writing ability to compose and abstract medical and scientific information for preparation of written correspondence, reports, and protocols under the direction of study investigator.
      • Compile, write, and submit project results to principal investigator.
    • Write Investigator-Initiated protocols
    • Write letters of intent (LOIs) for Investigator-Initiated Studies
    • Grant Writing for Pharmacokinetic (PK) Investigator-Initiated studies
    • Edit and/or write sections of protocols and reports as directed by study investigator.
    • Prepare specific protocol reports and analysis to aid decisions regarding therapeutic efficacy.
    • Prepare documents for publication by reviewing analyses and interpretations of data to ensure accuracy and alignment with research data. Ensure clarity of expression.
    • Prepare abstracts of professional literature of a technical nature based on reading and comprehension of the material.
    • Ensure that the data collected reflects the requested information and can be provided in accordance with specified guidelines.
    • Compile information and draft presentations to provide the most effective arrangement of data (financial, scientific, medical, business, and academic).
    • Produce medical illustrations, publication graphics, scientific posters, and slide presentations for national and international meetings.
    • Present findings of research projects to professional groups.

  1. Other duties as assigned.

The performance for all expected outcomes is measured by observation by supervisor, reports from faculty and co-workers, the accuracy and timeliness of work produced, and the demonstrated ability to effectively work under stress. The ability to deal effectively with a variety of individuals and situations is essential, as is the

ability to meet conflicting deadlines and to work in stressful conditions due to deadline requirements. The position also requires one to anticipate needs, to recognize situations requiring assistance and have the ability to refer or perform any necessary tasks, and to comprehend the goals of the department/program and take the initiative in making decisions and taking actions to further these goals.

The above functions require the following abilities and skills:
  • Highly developed analytical and conceptual skills paired with detail orientation, exceptional interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to creatively and innovatively approach problem solving.
  • Ability to practice independently, strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational and critical judgment skills, and effective interactions with patients and co-workers.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work with personal computers using standard word processing software, spreadsheets, and programs for database and graphics usage.
  • Ability to maintain a satisfactory work environment by organizing and redistributing files, records, etc., requiring bending, stooping, reaching, manual handling, walking, visually inspecting, extended standing, sitting and repetitive motions. May be required to lift up to 15 pounds.
  • Requires use of computer via keyboard, and operating facsimile machine, calculator, printer, photocopy machine, etc. Requires the use of push-button, multiple line telephone set. Must be able to master new software by utilizing available resources (other program personnel, reference manual, training classes, etc.)
  • Ability to be clearly understood by verbal communication in face-to-face encounters and by telephone.
  • Strong command of the English language, including spelling, writing, and verbalizing and ability to communicate well verbally and in writing.


Required: PhD in one of the natural sciences or related field or Medical degree.


Required: With PhD, no experience required. With Medical degree, two years of experience in experimental or scientific work.

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. [Register to View] Information
  • Requisition ID: 150726
  • 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) 55,000
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 68,500
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 82,000
  • Science Jobs: No