Senior Research Assistant - Medical Ethics and Health Policy Research Program Manager

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7100273 (Ref.No. 11480-en_US)
Posted: May 18, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is seeking a full-time Senior Research Assistant for a non-laboratory research position. The individual hired will function as the overall research program manager for the Center Director, Dr. Amy McGuire. Dr. McGuire's research program currently consists of over 10 projects totaling over $5M in funding and focuses on projects examining the ethical, legal and social implications of emerging technologies and novel therapeutics. 


The selected candidate will work closely with Dr. McGuire, external collaborators, and the Center's interdisciplinary faculty and staff across projects in a dynamic role to manage existing research grants and foster long-term growth and expansion of the program's research portfolio. This position will be responsible for managing programmatic, reporting, and compliance activities across multiple grants. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership experience on relevant research grants and experience conducting research in a related field (e.g., bioethics, humanities, public health, social sciences). 


The Center cultivates a culture of intentionality, respect, inclusivity, and collaboration. We offer intellectual, social, and professional development opportunities to promote a meaningful work experience. We are reflective and mindful of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in both interactions with one another and the work that we do. Hybrid and alternative work arrangements are available to Center staff.


For more information about Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, visit our website at 

Job Duties

  • Manage Dr. McGuire's research portfolio by creating long- and short- term project plans, tracking progress across projects, developing shared resources, and contributing to strategy and future grant development 
  • Develop reporting for the overall portfolio, including public-facing communications for research results and the tracking of publications, grant submissions, mentored students and interns
  • Oversee completion of administrative functions on grants (e.g., progress reports, IRB submissions, participant compensation)
  • Assist with grant writing and submission
  • Work with the Center's research administration team to manage pre- and post- award administration (e.g., compliance, reporting, budget forecasting)
  • Assist with research activities (e.g., comprehensive literature reviews, instrument development, data collection, management, and analysis) 
  • Contribute to presentation and publication of project findings (e.g., evaluating and organizing data, drafting slides, developing abstracts, managing citations)
  • Organize and attend project meetings, including developing agendas and running the meetings
  • Supervise research staff and student interns
  • Assist the Center Director with special projects as it relates to research 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or related field. 
  • Four years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree or PhD in bioethics, humanities, public health, social sciences, or related field
  • Strong interest in bioethics and/or health policy
  • Ability to demonstrate effective leadership on long-term research projects and strategically plan for portfolio growth
  • Prior experience conducting research in a relevant field and understanding of research practices, such as qualitative and/or quantitative data collection, management, and analysis; multi-institutional coordination; and grant submission
  • Prior experience supervising staff 
  • Ability to display a professional, positive attitude with strong interpersonal skills, as well as oral and written communication skills



Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.


Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.



Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. - Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. - Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. - Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.