Postdoctoral Scholar - Infectious Disease

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar

Department: Infectious Disease

School: School of Medicine

Location: Biomedical research building, BRB 1001

Supervisor Name and Title:  David Canaday, M.D., Principal Investigator



Working under general supervision, plan and carry out research project in accordance with general plans.  The Postdoctoral Scholar will perform research work in immunology, epidemiology and vaccine research project to support research studies in the division of Infectious Diseases.  The primary focus will be subject screening, recruitment and enrolment and samples acquisition.  The focus of the research study is to explore how older individuals respond to vaccines including the COVID-19 vaccine and influenza vaccines. The study will work with human samples.  Design and refinement of ongoing projects, data analysis and publication are expected as well.


Successful candidates should be within 0-8 years of their terminal degree, Ph.D. or M.D., with a publication record. The ideal candidates will have experience with clinical coordination and interacting with research subjects or patients.  Some basic lab work may also be required.  There is no animal work in this project.  They be highly motivated to develop their own research projects with a background in immunology.  Exceptional oral and written communications skills are required.



  • Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. degree in life sciences or related majors or M.D. equivalent degree.
  • Demonstrated publication record.
  • The successful candidate must have strong analytical, oral, and written communication skills.



Clinical environment: The primary site of recruitment will be out in community nursing homes.  The ability to perform in this setting for recruitment and sample gathering activities.  Some subjects may have acute COVID-19 and proper training and PPE will be provided.  There will also be interaction with the staff at the outside facilities.  

General laboratory environment: The lab is an open floor plan with abundant bench and hood space for studies. Ample desk space with computers are also provided. The lab is equipped with a fume hoods for storage of hazardous and non-hazardous materials as well as several freezers. The cell culture rooms are equipped with 3 incubators, 4 culture hoods, and microscope. The candidate should expect frequent interactions with lab members from that lab and must be willing to collaborate. Major physical demands include being able to process blood in the hood.  The individual will be exposed and use to routine laboratory chemicals and solvents, and paraformaldehyde for tissue processing. They will be working with human samples blood and respiratory in the hood.  Some work may be in BSL2+ conditions. After training candidates must be willing and able to work with human specimens from persons with acute SARS-CoV-2 infection.



Case Western Reserve University strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment and is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. All applicants are protected under Federal law from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, and genetics.



Case Western Reserve 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 by phone at 216.368.3066 or by email at Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.



Case Western Reserve University has implemented a COVID Vaccination policy requiring evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty and staff with an on-campus presence. Religious and medical exemptions may be provided in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.  For this unique position given the work is directly with COVID-19-infected samples, it is highly preferred by the principle investigator that candidates that are vaccinated for safety reasons.  For more information go to: Applicants may contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 / for information regarding religious or medical exemptions as an accommodation.



Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names/phone numbers of three references to David Canaday, M.D.,  at