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Program Director - Diagnostic Imaging

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

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
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  • Functions:
    General Management
    Project Management
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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 Program Director, Diagnostic Imaging position is to develop laboratory research strategy and research programs in collaboration with the Principal Research Scientist and PI.The incumbent will develop, oversee, and execute program strategy for scientific communications and marketing.The position works with laboratory leadership and staff to manage research program planning, development, and execution.The scope of this requires excellent oral and written communication skills.  The Program Director, Diagnostic Imaging will work effectively on multiple unrelated projects, working with time constraints for research deadlines.This position will contribute to the development and scientific writing for grant applications and provide strategies for the submission of high-quality grant applications, which requires the ability to write large documents and use advanced office management computer software (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Visio, etc.) to generate reports as well as other articles.  The Program Director, Diagnostic Imaging will work in collaboration with the Principal Research Scientist and PI on developing multi-investigator programs and grants, key scientific partnerships, technology, and funding initiatives related to the research program and will actively participate in long-term strategic planning for research initiatives.

Job Specific Competencies

Research Planning  Assist laboratory leadership with planning and development of research projects related to the program.

Facilitate interactions with faculty and staff across departments, divisions, and institutional boundaries.

Meet with individual investigators to explore research interests and experience.

Gather information on various funding opportunities including federal and state grants, philanthropic, and industry sponsored awards that support existing and planned program activities.

Assist with preparation of scientific communications including presentations, peer-reviewed publications, and reports related to research projects. 

Assist with clinical trial submissions and protocol amendments to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Grant Preparation and Writing  Provide administrative planning for large grant initiatives for the research program.

Perform library and/or Internet research on scientific topics as required to assist with the writing of the application.

Possess strong data analysis skills, ability to interpret results, and contribute to the design of follow-up experiments.

Assist laboratory leadership with writing, reviewing, and editing the research strategy and other relevant sections of the grant.

Re-writes to effect or improve logical presentation, coherence, clarity, and persuasiveness of the material.

Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.

Administrative Management   Actively participate in collaborations related to the research program.

Oversee and manage activities of laboratory coordinator.

Monitor, evaluate, and report on timelines, accomplishments, and planned work, and provides updates to laboratory leadership as necessary.

Ensure compliance with departmental and administrative institutional policies and procedures.

Communications Management   Clearly communicate through verbal and written communications.

Read printed and written data and assimilate pertinent information in order to collaborators through multiple correspondence platforms. 

Require the ability to use superior interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Work independently and assist with resolution of complex issues.

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