Research Operations Specialist

Position: Research Operations Specialist

Job ID: 149191

Location: US-TX-Houston


Talent Area: Professional - Non-Clinical

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: 8a - 5p

About Texas Children's Hospital

Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years.   Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation.   To join our community of 13,000 dedicated team members, visit for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at  


We are searching for a Research Operations Specialist – someone who works well in a fast-paced setting. In this position, you will plan, support, and manage research laboratory operations.


Think you’ve got what it takes? 

Responsibilities :

  • Use independent judgment to assess and resolve building operations issues that impact research laboratories
  • Provide on-call support on a 24/7 basis to address and resolve research equipment alarms and building/mechanical infrastructure issues
  • Meet regularly with laboratory managers and principal investigators to proactively identify and solve issues
  • Manage building operations issues such as power problems, water shut-downs, emergency drills, etc, with research occupants regularly
  • Ensure that emergency management guidelines are in place for the research building, reviewing and updating them as needed
  • Develop and implement standard operating procedures required to support research operations
  • Act as a liaison with internal and external partners to ensure positive collaborations for the research building
  • Negotiate contract and service-level agreements between stakeholders, research labs, and vendors
  • Establish project plans and conduct team meetings
  • Determine staff and resource needs by factoring in size, duration, scope, and project complexity
  • Ensure documentation is accurate and acceptable to Texas Children’s standards
  • Formulate testing and piloting of new processes and systems
  • Confirm user acceptance of changes, which includes developing positive working relationships/communication with users to aid the change
  • Estimate and control project fiscal requirements
  • Prepare cost analyses and budget estimates for research projects
  • Validate that invoices for services are accurate
  • Complete a monthly review of cost centers in roll-up, as well as identify and address budget issues or concerns
  • Develop annual operating budgets for cost centers
  • Maintain assigned metrics to demonstrate work performance


  • High school diploma is required
  • Bachelor's Degree is preferred (will substitute for 4 years of experience)
  • 10 years’ experience in research administration, project management, and/or support is necessary

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