Assistant Director of Research Programs (Senior Research Associate) - Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Date: January 2022

Title: Assistant Director of Research Programs (Senior Research Associate)

Department: Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

School: Medicine

Location: Wolstein Research Building

Supervisor Name and Title: H. John Pounardjian, MBA, Associate Director for Administration, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; J. Alan Diehl, PhD, Deputy Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and complete CV to



The Assistant Director of Research Programs (ADRP) will work closely with the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) senior leadership and scientific program leaders, serving as a subject matter expert on scientific and technical grant writing for researchers and non-research staff to develop, direct, and manage a variety of programs and funding opportunities in the Case CCC designed to build collaborative research in cancer. The Assistant Director of Research Programs will work closely with the Deputy Director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Case CCC administration to identify and develop new grant opportunities for Case CCC Principal Investigators and implement an overall strategy for developing federally funded programs that meet the needs of the Case CCC and its membership. The ADRP will be responsible for advanced level writing and critical review in support of faculty members of the Case CCC, to ensure that scientific communications (abstracts, manuscripts, protocols, and in particular grant applications) are of the highest quality and contribute to the Cancer Center’s reputation for academic and research excellence.



  1. Serve as a scientific liaison between Case CCC Associate Directors (ADs), Program Leaders (PLs), and Working Group Leaders (WGLs) and Case CCC administrative staff to integrate Case CCC research activities. This will require a strong foundation in the science involved in these groups, cross-disciplinary activities, and an expert understanding of the mechanisms needed to meet the research objectives. Create and lead opportunities within Case CCC Research Programs for collaborative science and ensure implementation once opportunities have been identified through robust scientific summaries and project management. (35%) Activities include but are not limited to the following:
    1. Develop strong working relationships with ADs, PLs and WGLs including meeting with such leaders on a routine basis to discuss strategic goals of the Case CCC Research Programs and Scientific Pillars
    2. Develop agendas (in conjunction with PLs and WGLs) for Research Program meetings and Working Group meetings; write initial outlines/drafts reporting on Program and Working Group activities
    3. Attend Case CCC seminars, read publications by the cancer center members of the Programs and Working Groups to understand their research areas
    4. Review data streams of activity of the Research Program and Working Group members, including funded grants, publications, and grant submissions to provide insights regarding developing research strengths
    5. Develop an understanding of the Shared Resources of the Case CCC to provide advice when needed regarding technical support for projects


  1. Assist program leaders with editing and preparing summaries of the research program’s activities that appear in the P30 Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) (annual progress report) and CCSG renewal. (20%)


  1. Organize, advise, edit, review, and prepare submission of cancer-related multi-principal investigator (MPI) grant submissions with cancer center member PIs coordinated with PL/AD to make recommendations on the scientific and technical components based on scientific background/experience. (20%) Activities include, but are not limited to the following:


    1. Develop ancillary documents for grant applications such as drafting letters of support, project narratives, vertebrate animals, human subjects and clinical trial information;
    2. Address fundamental style considerations for editing grant applications for clarity;
    3. Understand all components of NCI grant submission and advise members as necessary\
    4. Work with Case CCC administrative staff to ensure efficient development of materials needed for submission of MPI transdisciplinary grant proposals including working with the Assistant Director(s) of Funded Projects for budget development.
    5. When a new multi-PI grant is funded, facilitate post-award set-up ensuring administrative hand-offs.


  1. Maintain robust data system (Forte’s Eval database) for Case CCC member publication check-in to determine cancer relevance and for Case CCC membership including identifying potential members, facilitating membership applications, working with ADs and PLs to identify programmatic homes for new members, serving as a primary resource for all members to the Case CCC, and creating and implementing processes for membership updates. (10%)


  1. Facilitate nomination of Case CCC members for externally funded limited submission foundation grants and help Case CCC staff in the entry/ tracking of internal pilot awards in the InfoReady portal. (5%)


  1. Advise PLs, WGLs, cancer center members on available Case CCC pilot and national grant opportunities based on the Programs’ or Working Groups’ research objectives and an understanding of the funding source. Review grant opportunities and appropriately match the grant to Case CCC research teams in order to maximize grant funded projects for the center. (3%) 


  1. Develop PowerPoint presentations of research results/progress of programs and MPI-funded grants, and generalized medical research knowledge for conferences, events, site visits, or educational sessions for lay audiences (e.g. Community Advisory Board) dedicated to highlighting research advances in the field. (2%)



  1. Assist with Center wide meetings as needed. (3%)
  2. Perform other duties as assigned. (2%)



Department: Daily contact with Case CCC leadership, administration and membership to complete position responsibilities.

University: Monthly/weekly contact with the Office of Sponsored Projects, School of Medicine Office of Grants and Contracts, and department administrators

External: Contact as required with NIH Program Officers and Specialists regarding requirements for and status of grants; Regular contact with personnel at the Seidman Cancer Center and the Taussig Cancer Institute.

Students: none


This position has no direct supervision of staff employees. However, performance feedback will be requested as it relates to individuals serving on committees this position directs.



Candidates for this position should have a PhD in biomedical or population-based disciplines with experience in aspects of basic or translational cancer research, epidemiology, or other applicable arenas. The candidate should have demonstrated experience in writing manuscripts for publication and grant applications. Experience writing clinical protocols preferred.



  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated knowledge of accepted scientific/medical writing standards and editing ability.
  2. The candidate should have the ability to critically review scientific data to find both weaknesses and strengths.
  3. Ability to obtain and maintain human subject research training certification.
  4. Demonstrated working knowledge of computer and multimedia skills to include word processing; presentation, editing and graphics software; citation libraries; intranet-based applications; and database management is desirable.
  5. The candidate will have the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, interacting intelligently and effectively with people of varied and diverse backgrounds.
  6. The ability to deal with numerous tasks simultaneously, prioritizing workload and producing accurate and scientifically correct material within established deadlines is essential. 
  7. Knowledge of research subject regulatory requirements and processes as well as training in these areas (e.g. CITI, biological resources) is a plus.
  8. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement complex programs requiring inter-departmental and inter-institutional interactions.
  9. Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.  Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and follow-through.
  10. Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team.  Must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable and self-directed.  Must demonstrate the ability to take initiative and the capacity to learn quickly.
  11. Effective problem-solving skills; must demonstrate excellent analytical skills, sound judgment and good decision-making. 
  12. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.



Typical office environment. The employee will perform repetitive motion using computer mouse and keyboard to type. Travel required for meetings and conferences.



In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216.368.3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.