Senior Academic Advisor - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Senior Academic Advisor - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


Category: Professional/Managerial

MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Requisition #: 240000T3

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

We are hiring immediately for a Senior Academic Advisor to join the UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston, TX 77030. This position will be an integral part of the graduate school Dean's office, directly advising Ph.D. students and working collaboratively with the Office of Academic Affairs to foster student success. The ideal candidate for this position will have some experience in a biomedical sciences lab.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

The Senior Academic Advisor is responsible for taking a lead role in student achievement including academic advising, tracking of student milestones, management of administrative processes, communications to students on academic matters, and the organization of academic events.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Advises students on academic policies and requirements, course selection, and the selection of thesis/dissertation mentors.

  • Monitors student achievement and the timely accomplishment of all degree milestones.

  • Proactively resolves issues; provides and/or identifies appropriate resource persons to provide support services for students as needs emerge.

  • Guides and supports faculty and staff at the graduate schools two parent institutions regarding academic advising policies and procedures.

  • Participates in group decision-making and evaluation of processes by integrating strategic problem-solving techniques with historical data.

  • Implements methods of collection, entry, and management of academic data, as well as administrative processes.

  • Aids in the development and evaluation of academic advising policies and procedures.

  • Supports courses that form the core requirements of degree programs and events for the Office of Academic Affairs.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A graduate degree in biomedical sciences (MS or PhD) is strongly preferred, or significant work experience that is relevant to the job duties in lieu of a graduate degree. Strong organizational and computer skills, including Microsoft Office. Strong interpersonal skills and professional demeanor.

Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree or PhD preferred.

Minimum Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree with three (3) years of related experience or two (2) years of related experience with an advanced degree. Two (2) years of experience directly related to the field of academic study required. Six (6) months experience in advising or Student Affairs in a University setting preferred preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.