Cancer Center Jobs

Director of Research Development

Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina

May 3, 2024
The Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center in the State of South Carolina, serving 5.2M residents. As the only NCI-designated cancer center in South Carolina, HCC is part of an elite network of 72 cancer centers across the country recognized for our dedication to delivering cutting-edge treatments to patients and conducting innovative research to serve the unique needs of our state. HCC is also one of just 14 National Cancer Institute Minority/Underserved Community Oncology Research Programs across the country with the goal of bringing clinical trials to patients in their communities and reducing disparities in access to care based on regional or socioeconomic status.

The mission of HCC is to reduce the cancer burden in the state through the provision of cancer screening, care, training/education, community outreach, and conducting transformative research that spans the bench, bedside, and population.

 Responsibilities include leadership and oversight for the development, refinement, and management of grant proposals ranging from individual-investigator to large-scale, multi-institutional grants, including center or program project grants; creates scientifically accurate and compelling content, such as research papers, reports, and scientific articles; identifies appropriate funding opportunities from government agencies, foundations, and other relevant sources that contribute to HCC’s success in attracting funding. Expertise in grant development, scientific writing, and project management will be essential in driving scientific progress and securing resources for impactful research projects at HCC.


Preferred Qualifications and Competencies

Education and Training:

A Master’s degree is required. A PhD, MD, or equivalent degree with training in a basic and/or clinical science field is desirable.
The ideal candidate should have a minimum of three years of experience in oncology research, including two years of crafting and submitting grant and science proposals.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

Experience working in a matrix environment within academic medicine.
Proven success in collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams.
Proficiency in articulating scientific concepts for technical reviewers, along with a track record of composing science proposals for government entities such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is essential.
Ability to write and edit engaging science and medical content for diverse audiences, encompassing both scientific and lay readers. This includes the creation of compelling materials such as press releases, blog posts, and other articles intended for the public.
Experience within a scientific research environment and a comprehensive understanding of the pivotal role research and grant funding play in a major university setting.
Strong program planning and project management skills are prerequisites, as well as exceptional organizational capabilities for handling multiple projects concurrently.
The ability to deliver accurate and timely results, meet established deadlines, and effectively manage short and competing timelines is crucial.
Excellent problem-solving skills and effective interpersonal abilities, facilitating collaboration within cross-functional teams and with external stakeholders.
Advanced understanding of medical and scientific terminology.
Demonstrated experience in data analysis, interpretation, and the ability to draw logical conclusions, projections, and conduct program evaluations is required.
Proficiency in AP and other writing styles and impeccable editorial skills.