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Research Project Advisor - Cancer Institute

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The Research Project Advisor works independently and in cooperation with the Principal Investigator(s) and researchers as well as the Research Operations Associate, Program Manager, Research Manager, and/or Associate Director in the department’s research administration office to develop and implement research programs and initiatives, including project planning, identifying funding sources, preparing grant proposals (particularly multi-PI and multi-project grant proposals), and presenting results for possible publication. Collaborates at national meetings and conferences, identifies prospective collaborators and research sponsors, and maintains relationships with co-workers and National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding agencies. Ensures compliance with all federal and local agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and local Institutional Review Board.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as departmental resource for scientific initiatives and major research projects and identifies funding opportunities.
  • Communicates the feasibility of study involvement and or participation with the PI.
  • Independently and as part of a team, develops and implements research programs, including project planning.
  • Prepares grant proposals and assists PI in authoring manuscripts for publication, books for publication; and prepares presentations for both specialist and lay audiences.
  • Works closely with principal investigator and is knowledgeable in the area of research specialization.
  • Maintains excellent relationships with co-workers, locally, nationally, and internationally; has an excellent, positive relationship with NIH and other funding agencies.
  • Outstanding communication skills for interactions with faculty, administrators, and employees.
  • Special projects as assigned.
  • May function as bridge between laboratory, translational, and clinical research programs.
  • May be responsible for research process improvement, quality assurance, and problem solving for the department.
  • May develop curriculum and oversee coordination of small and large scientific symposia.
  • Maintains research practices using Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines.
  • Maintains strict patient confidentiality according to HIPAA regulations and applicable law.

Department-Specific Responsibilities

The Cedars-Sinai Cancer Research Project Advisor is the primary point person for assigned research program(s), initiatives, and research projects and is the liaison between the research program(s) and departments or research groups. The individual will work with the Cedars-Sinai Cancer leadership, researchers, administrators, committees and external advisory board members to create and develop the research program(s), implement programmatic initiatives, foster inter- and intra-programmatic collaborations, develop inter-institutional collaborations, as well as support the planning and evaluation efforts of the program(s). As directed, this role assists in administrative functions for NCI designation and the Cedars-Sinai Cancer Research Administration Office. This includes providing support in the pre-and post-award administrative functions for NCI designation proposals and research program proposals with a particular focus on complex multi-program proposals. Applies a detailed knowledge of the areas of assigned responsibility, and a general knowledge of the institute functions and its interrelation with the larger Health System organization.

Department - Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works independently and in coordination with leadership, researchers, and administrators on preparing a variety of complex level grants/contracts that range from simple to high complex, including multi-project grants such as P30, P50, P01, U54, and DoD grants. These grants, contracts and awards may involve highly detailed budgets, multiple projects, cores and subawards, investigator-initiated trials, consortium and new center Dept of Defense (DoD) grants, and higher complexity foundation grants. For NCI designation submission, this may include sending communications and instructions to preparers/authors of specific components of the proposal, collecting and tracking of write-up submissions, collecting of biosketches and performing initial reviews of documents submitted.
  • Assists principal investigators (PIs) in coordinating all phases of a large portfolio of research grants and any subcontracts. Accountable for all aspects of post-award grant management and reporting.
  • Provides support and collaborates leadership, researchers and administrators in reviewing and editing various types of documents including but not limited to grants, proposals, contracts, manuscripts, abstracts, research protocols, and presentations. Utilizes knowledge of departmental, institutional and grant submission requirements to edit and accurately format various grant sections (e.g., equipment, facilities and resources, human subjects, vertebrate animals, resource sharing, etc.).
  • Identifies new research areas, funding source, and partners for collaboration, including multi-institutional collaborations.
  • Designs, implements, and maintains project organization and communication plans to enable the research team to effectively work together to meet project objectives. Serves as a resource to stakeholders and team members to ensure successful project or program outcomes.
  • Provides guidance to Cedars-Sinai Cancer leadership, program working groups, researchers, administrators, and/or committees on research collaboration opportunities. Supports efforts to foster collaboration and communication with other clinical and research programs in the institution and facilitate program team project proposals, grant submissions, and related communications.
  • Participates in the research and academic activities of the institute, strategic planning, philanthropic development to support research efforts. Represents the interests of the institute and the research programs in inter-and intra-institutional research projects.
  • Coordinates and expedites flow of work. Initiates follow-up actions. Serves as resource to others on research programs and Cedars-Sinai Cancer procedures or in the resolution of moderate and complex problems or issues. Interacts with CS offices and department staff to facilitate communications and information exchange.
  • Composes and produces, as well as edits a variety of business correspondence, reports, presentations, confidential documents and/or forms, and related materials.
  • May support preparation of program metrics and trend reports to leadership and administration on defined frequency or as requested (e.g. Cedars-Sinai Cancer membership, cancer-related list of publications, publication metrics, grants funding, etc.). Researches and gathers data for programmatic reports. Conducts preliminary analysis of data. Recommends report content and format to display findings most effectively.
  • Participates in required training and education programs.
  • Assists leadership on other activities as assigned

Teamwork/Customer Relation Responsibilities

  • Collaborates to problem solve and make decisions to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Establishes effective working relationships with cross-functional team(s).
  • Cultivates and maintains strong customer relationships and rapport with partners and/or client groups.
  • Identifies and responds appropriately to both internal and external customer needs utilizing available resources
  • Represents the company with external constituents.


  • Bachelor's Degree, required.
  • Masters Degree, preferred.


  • At least 10 years of experience in a research environment, required.


  • Certificate in Research Administration, preferred.
  • Working Title: Research Project Advisor - Cancer Institute
  • Department: Cancer Institute
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: West Hollywood
  • Job Category: Academic/Research
  • Job Specialty: Academic/Research Services
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day
  • Recruiter: Ajay Sanathara

Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, religion, origin, citizenship, ancestry, disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in accordance with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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