Scientific Project Director

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.

The primary purpose of the Scientific Project Director position is to plan, direct, and oversee the B Cell Lymphoma Moon Shot disease site.


Program Management/Collaboration

Collaborates with the leadership of the B Cell Lymphoma Moon Shot disease site, other Moon Shots disease sites, and the Moon Shot Platforms to develop and maintain strategic business and scientific plans including schedules, project estimates, resource plans, status reports, and research protocols.

Coordinates B Cell Lymphoma Moon Shot initiative in relation to disease site and platform areas: requires ability to coordinate and manage complex programs, multiple investigators, and interactions between Moon Shots disease site project teams and Moon Shots Platform teams.

Identifies key issues, approaches, performance metrics, gap analysis, and resource needs.

Prepares quarterly progress reports, monitors, evaluates, and reports on timelines, accomplishments, planned work, budget, and provides updates as necessary.

Finance Management

Oversees financial management and budget related to B Cell Lymphoma Moon Shot projects and the involved Platforms.

Monitors the workflow of sample requests, assisting the participants in securing those tissues with maximum expedience by coordinating efforts with all involved parties.

Ensures effective utilization of personnel and space.

Works with B Cell Lymphoma Moon Shot leaders, other program leaders, Platform leaders and relevant institutional infrastructure to provide data and project information in support of fundraising efforts, including but not limited to, philanthropic efforts and corporate sponsorships.

Research Administration

Supports the B Cell Lymphoma Moon Shot leaders and the Platform leaders with identification, preparation, coordination, and submission/tracking of grants and manuscripts.

Facilitate interactions with Principal Investigators, faculty, staff, and study sponsors across departments, divisions, and institutional boundaries related to the B Cell Lymphoma Moon Shots initiative.

Work with the Moon Shots Operations Team including the Executive Director to facilitate the needs of the B Cell Lymphoma Moon Shot projects and relationships to Platform capabilities.

Provides leadership and support for the B Cell Lymphoma Moon Shots initiatives within all involved departments.

Assures that institutional policies and procedures are followed.

B Cell Lymphoma Program Scientific Management

Contributes to and supports the overall scientific management of the program, including fostering collaborative relationships with industry and academic leaders across departments, divisions, and institutional boundaries, to assure advancement of industry and program goals.

Works closely with program leadership, research investigators, and research teams to identify and recommend opportunities leading to scientific discovery, develop improved techniques, and novel therapeutics.

Provides scientific input for all aspects of the program, including assistance in the design of preclinical and translational research, interpretation of data and design of follow-up experiments, troubleshooting issues, and providing results and conclusions to program leadership, collaborators, and co-workers.

Keeps abreast of scientific issues and methods through attendance at scientific conferences and training of research support personnel in implementing experiments and interpretation of data as needed.

Exhibits understanding of basic and translational research processes.

Attends and may lead meetings with research collaborators and partners, with the ability to give data presentations and facilitate discussions regarding the advancement of science and research.

Complete laboratory work if necessary and integral to the completion of a scientific project.

Ensures that the scientific objectives of the program are being met.

Grant Development, Scientific Writing and Publications

Authors, coordinates, and creates technical reports, abstracts, slide presentations, spreadsheets, posters, and manuscripts for submission to corporate and federal sponsors, conferences, and scientific journals.

Supports production of medical illustrations, publication graphics, scientific posters, and slide presentations for national and international meetings.

Regularly screens scientific journals and coordinates, participates, and presents in journal club meetings.

Identifies federal and private foundation funding opportunities along with the preparation and submission of research grant applications and related progress reports.

Performs and/or delegates the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and information as related to proposals, grants, abstracts, and manuscript submissions, including working with bioinformatics and biostatisticians to ensure proper study measurement and data analysis.

Works with program leaders and research investigators to prepare scientific financial budgets as related to grant applications and preclinical proposals.

Acts as a liaison with both OSP and the Development office to meet all requirements to secure external funding.

Contacts funding agencies to discuss relevant funding opportunities.


Required: Master's degree.

Preferred: PhD in life sciences.


Required: Six years experience in a biotechnology/pharmaceutical/academic research or clinical research setting to include three years research program/project management experience. With preferred degree, four years of experience in a biotechnology/pharmaceutical/academic research or clinical research setting to include one year of research program/project management experience.

Preferred: Oversight of multi-disciplinary research projects.

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: 135632
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay
  • Work Week: Days
  • Fund Type: Soft
  • Pivotal Position: No
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 86,000
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 109,500
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 133,000
  • Science Jobs: No