Senior Research Nurse - Melanoma Medical Oncology

The Melanoma Medical Oncology Department provides outstanding care to patients with melanoma. Our mission is to develop better therapies for melanoma, and other cancers, by applying the latest findings in laboratory studies to the clinical setting.

The primary purpose of the Senior Research Nurse position is to assists with clinical and operational management of research protocols. Impacts research protocols and patients in designated protocols. Scope of position is defined by the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Texas and requires adherence to the policies and procedures of the institution.


Assumes responsibility for the effective operation of research protocols in collaboration with the principal investigator and study sponsor. Assesses patients for protocol eligibility through personal interviews and/or medical record review in inpatient and outpatient settings. Coordinates, evaluates and follows the patient's participation in clinical trials. Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team as necessary. Provides documentation in the patient's medical record or recruitment log per protocol and institutional requirements. Identifies and develops methods of patient recruitment. Assists with protocol development including budget issues and protocol design. Acts as a liaison with sponsor institutions and pharmaceutical companies conducting research studies.

Assists the primary investigator in collection and evaluation of data. Evaluates response to treatment, treatment toxicities and adverse drug reactions and reports appropriately to the principal investigator, the Institutional Review Board and the study sponsor. Provides protocol summary reports as requested. Assists with protocol analysis. Utilizes computer statistical/data management packages as necessary. Designs research tools to aid in data collection and analysis.

Participates in protocol-specific clinical tasks as needed. Identifies and provides patient and family educational needs regarding treatment management, evaluation and follow-up in clinical trails through talking with patients person-to-person or by telephone and/or through written educational material. If necessary, administers investigational medications, following acceptable nursing procedures/guidelines. Collects and properly identifies special lab specimens as required by protocol by drawing blood and collecting specimens provided by patients, following accepted nursing and laboratory procedures/guidelines. Orders protocol - related tests, procedures and consults and obtains pathology slides and blocks as needed.

Provides professional and ancillary staff education concerning research protocols by presenting in- services in clinic and inpatient units and by provided clearly understood written and/or computerized directions to the hospital and/or clinic staffs as each new protocol is introduced. Provides accurate information as requested to the multidisciplinary team, consumers and professional public organizations. Keep current concerning oncology and data management issues through reading and/or attending meetings/inservices. Presents data from clinical trials in publication and or formal oral presentations.

Ensures/maintains error free, compliant and comprehensive protocols/projects. Independently reports issues/problems consistent with institutional guidelines, Code of Federal regulations and ICH Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP). Acts to promote/contribute to cross service activities as appropriate. Integrates regulatory policies and procedures into all areas of protocol management. Audits related to assigned studies consistently reflect accuracy and integrity.

Creates user-generated reports. Performs/assists with statistical analysis of data, or directs Data Manager regarding data analysis. Meets deadlines as defined by scope of projects. Assists/develops databases.

Performs departmental quality assurance functions. Develops and conducts random quality review of departmental research processes.

Functions as an advocate for the clinical research process and roles therein. Develops and evaluates educational materials. Serves as preceptor/mentor/resource. Periodically performs supervisory functions as necessary.



Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.



Two years of registered nurse experience.


Prior experience as Research Nurse.



Current State of Texas Professional Nursing License (RN).

Basic Life Support (BLS) or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.


American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) or PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certification as required by patient care area.

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: 145470
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay
  • Work Week: Days
  • Fund Type: Soft
  • Remote Work: Onsite
  • Pivotal Position: No
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 72,300
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 95,800
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 119,300
  • Science Jobs: No