Program Mgr-Research

Program Mgr-Research

  • Memphis, United States
Job description

Location: Memphis, Tennessee

Category: Scientific Research

Department: Pathology

Position type: Full time

Remote: No

Job number: 48321


There is a reason St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is consistently ranked on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work For” list.  At our world-class pediatric research hospital, every one of our professionals share our commitment to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve.  There is a unique bond when you’re part of a team that gives their all to advance the treatments and cures of pediatric catastrophic diseases.  The result is a collaborative, positive environment where everyone, regardless of their role, receives the resources, support and encouragement to advance and grow their careers.

Job Summary:

Manages several large and complex biological research projects that span multiple departments at St. Jude and ensures alignment with the Cancer Center and institutional strategic plan. Manages preclinical testing for the Hematological Malignancies Program (HMP) and the PROPEL portal of leukemia xenografts. Manages all external and internal academic collaborations, including collaborative grants, oversees all government contracts and collaborations, and serves as a liaison between St. Jude and pharmaceutical companies for preclinical studies.

Job Responsibilities:

1. Manages all activities for large and complex research projects

a. Designs, updates, and manages project website

b. Processes internal and external requests including all Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) and Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs)

c. Manages internal SharePoint web site

d. Manages sample inventory

e. Stays abreast of all laws regarding international shipment of samples and manages said shipments

f. Writes and maintains policy and procedure manual(s)

2. Manages preclinical testing for the Hematologic Malignancies Program (HMP).

a. Manages all projects for preclinical testing including coordinating efforts of Preclinical Pharmacokinetics Shared Resource (P-   PKSR), compound management core in Chemical Biology Therapeutics, Small animal imaging core (CIVIT), Flow Cytometry core, and Veterinary Pathology Shared Resource

b. Manages and reports on budget for all preclinical testing and provides reports to leadership

c. Maintains data from preclinical testing SharePoint site

d. Provides preclinical testing data to internal and external investigators

3. Manages all external and internal academic collaborations.

a. Manages the sharing of data and samples with domestic and international investigators

b. Point of contact for implementation and development of program data portal (PROPEL). Liaises with institutional stakeholders ranging from research personnel, Center for Applied Bioinformatics, Research Information Services, Computational Biology, Biomedical Communications, Office of Tech Licensing.

c. Responds to all logistical and scientific queries regarding samples and data. Facilitates approval of sample request by the

preclinical testing program review committee. Manages sample quality assurance, shipment paperwork, collaboration agreements, and communication with requesters

d. Works with the Legal Department to develop contracts, MTAs, and CDAs involved in internal and external collaborations

e. Monitors collaborators' compliance with MTAs and CDAs

4. Oversees all government contracts and collaborations

a. Ensures regulatory and financial compliance between St. Jude and its collaborating centers and government agencies

b. Coordinates team visits between institutions

c. Creates protocols and procedures governing the collaborations

d. Manages data sharing in public repositories

5. Serves as a liaison between St. Jude and pharmaceutical companies for preclinical studies

a. Coordinates requests for drugs, reagents and data including negotiation of CDAs and MTAs

b. Ensures documentation is accurate and reports to companies as specified in the MTA and CDA

6. Manages all compliance regarding human stem cells including human embryonic stem cells and patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells

7. Manages program budgets and billing for all contracts and collaborations

8. Performs other related duties as assigned to meet the goals of the department and institution

9. Maintains regular and predictable attendance

Special Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

● Skill and ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing

● Ability to demonstrate strong leadership

● Knowledge of managerial practices

● Independent, detail oriented and self-motivated with excellent organizational skills

● Ability to assess situations, consider alternatives, and choose appropriate course of action

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

1. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the  essential functions of this job

2. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

3. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; kneel, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear

4. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds

5. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus

6. The employee must move about the work space to access work surface and shelves, cabinets, drawers, and equipment that are at, below or above the work surface

7. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job

8. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

9. An essential function of the job is to be able to comply with all applicable federal, state and local safety and health regulations that would apply to this job

10. Nothing in this job description limits management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time as business needs dictate

Work Schedule:

Monday- Friday 8am-5pm

Take the first step to join our team by applying now!

Minimum Education

●  Master's degree in related field is required (e.g. life science, neuroscience, experimental psychology) PhD is preferred

●  Project Management Professional accreditation is preferred

Minimum Experience

●  Eight (8) years of research, biomedical, or clinical experience is required.  Project management experience is required

●  Four (4) years of experience may be acceptable with a PhD in a related field

Other Information

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees, excluding those with an approved medical or religious accommodation, as a condition of employment.St. Jude is an Equal Opportunity Employer

No Search Firms:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. Please do not call or email. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee or other representative at St. Jude via email, the internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place and approved by HR will result in no fee being paid in the event the candidate is hired by St. Jude.COVID-19 vaccine:


Areas of Research
  • Behavioral Science
  • Neurology
  • Neuroscience