Title:  Research Administration Associate - Contracts

Division:  Office of Research
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $55,779 - $72,514
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  7425


The Research Administration Associate (“RAA”) supports BCM’s clinical and biomedical research initiatives through managing the full life cycle of research agreement. The RAA is responsible for drafting, negotiating, and managing, all contracts related to material transfer agreements. The RAA is responsible for ensuring that all terms and conditions of the contract are acceptable in accordance with BCM standards, ensures the safety of our animal and human subjects, and ensures that all provisions are to the best interest of BCM and its Principal Investigators (“PI”). 


This job is ideal for individuals with basic science graduate degrees seeking to explore career opportunities in the field of university research administration or for individuals seeking to leverage previous life science experience, for example, as a basic researcher or postdoctoral researcher, to enter the field of academic tech transfer.

This position is business transactional in nature. It is a high volume, fast paced work load, so exceptional organizational skills and the ability to multi-task is a must. Prior contract management/administration experience, or a background in academic technology transfer or similar experience in contract negotiation is preferred.


Located at the heart of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world, Baylor College of Medicine focuses the efforts of faculty, staff and trainees on improving health through science, scholarship and innovation. This vision is realized through collaborative research initiatives in which basic, translational, and clinical researchers work together across disciplines and specialties to discover fundamental insights into human health and disease and to apply their discoveries to develop new diagnostic tools and treatments.  Baylor is ranked 21st among U.S. medical schools in NIH funding for 2019.


The Sponsored Programs Office is a fast-paced, deadline-driven and dynamic environment offering a friendly and collaborative work culture with flexible work schedules and a strong work life balance.  We enjoy a good sense of humor and chocolate.

Job Duties

  • Handles the negotiation and processing of research agreements.
  • Handles the drafting, negotiation, execution, and processing of material transfer and data use agreements.
  • Manages the execution process in the MTA and DTA tracking system.
  • Consistently updates the agreements database throughout the life cycle of each contract.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.  
  • Certified Research Administrator certification through the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) may substitute for the degree requirement.
  • Two years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S., Ph.D., or Professional Masters in Life Sciences (cell biology, genetics, immunology, etc.) may be considered in lieu of the required experience.
  • Prior contract management and negotiation experience.
  • Prior research administration work experience in an academic research setting.





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