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Director, Research Planning & Development Investigational Cancer Therapeutics

Houston, TX, USA | M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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Bringing the most exciting new agents for cancer treatment more quickly from the laboratory to clinical trials is the goal of MD Anderson’s Phase I Clinical Trials Program in the Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics. The program is a centralized resource for physician-scientists throughout the institution and community physicians looking for clinical trials for their patients with advanced cancer. The Phase I Clinical Trials Program is leading multi-disciplinary, first-in-man studies that include multiple tumor types in a single study.

The Director, Research Planning & Development will participate with the Chairman and Department Administrator in all aspects of the strategic planning and development of the department's clinical research programs.


Research Strategic Planning & Collaboration  

Coordinate the development of new research programs and initiatives.Develop proposals and conduct analyses as needed or requested.

Identify and coordinate the implementation of strategies to enhance internal investigator collaboration and interaction between basic and clinical scientists.

Conceive and develop novel strategies to support departmental research needs

Facilitate research planning efforts initiated by the Department Chair and faculty by assisting with the collection of data, the integration of cross institutional information, and the planning of final presentations.

Coordinate the preparation and submission of research-related reports.

Research Strategy & Collaboration

Develop and coordinate educational and scientific activities which foster new opportunities or enhance existing relationships.

Coordinate educational and scientific programs between the Department and the public or private sector as requested.

Provide support and expertise to faculty as requested in the development of favorable budget and contract terms for new research programs.

Faculty Support and Mentorship

Assist 40+ faculty with the development of new clinical, translational and/or laboratory-based research programs.

Serve as an expert resource for faculty and Fellows with regard to all clinical research related issues: concept development, treatment plan production, state and federal regulations, and public/NIH research disease pathways (NCCN), human subjects research (OPRR, PRIMr) and federal/European audits (FDA, European equivalent)

Provide ongoing information concerning changes in federal policy, institutional and divisional initiatives, etc. to departmental faculty and staff.

Assist junior faculty with concepts for new drugs or treatment modalities.


Required: Bachelor's degree in science or medically related field, business or healthcare administration.

Preferred: Master's in Business Administration or BSN.


Required: Eight years experience in an academic research setting facilitating research program development and management of research resources. With preferred degree, five years of required experience. May substitute required degree with additional years of experience in research administration management at MDACC on a one to one basis. 

Experience: Experience in Nursing and Research Program Management.

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