Research Associate (Laboratory Research), #230 - Pathology

Date: January 2022

Title: Research Associate (Laboratory Research), #230

Department: Pathology

School: Medicine

Location: 6502 WRB

Supervisor Name and Title: Lan Zhou, Professor, Department of Pathology



The Zhou lab focuses on studying the role of notch signaling in hematopoiesis, cancer biology, and cancer immunology. The Research Associate will execute research projects with the aim of deciphering the molecular mechanisms by which Notch pathway cross talks with other signaling cascades to regulate cancer progression and anti-tumor immunity in colon cancer, leukemia and pancreatic cancer. Under the guidance of the PI, the Research Associate is expected to work independently, design and plan projects, oversee collaborations, supervise students, manage animal models, and carry out research activities of an assigned project through completion. The Research Associate will utilize molecular biology, cell biology, and state-of-the-art multi-omics approach including single-cell RNA sequencing and single-cell secretome analysis. The Research Associate will keep the PI informed of progress of research projects and provide recommendations on experimental design. The Research Associate will also present data and findings at lab, institutional, and national scientific meetings, seminars, etc., prepare manuscripts, and contribute preliminary data for grant proposals. 



  1. Plan and execute experiments for research projects designed by the principal investigator and may design experiments independently and in collaboration with the PI. Assist with and coordinate experiments performed by other lab members, ensuring adequate resources, assisting with experimental design and analysis. Oversee progress of the research projects and provide regular progress reports to the PI; and provide input and recommendation to principal investigator regarding significant developments in research projects. Ensure the PI is informed about the results of lab members, and ensure the PI’s experimental strategy is explored by lab members and through independent experiments by the Research Associate. (10%)
  2. Conduct experiments to supply scientific information as part of a larger project. Studies involve but are not limited to analysis of Western blotting, knockdown/knockout and overexpression, PCR, chromatin immunoprecipitation, flow cytometry, functional dendritic cell and T cell analysis, in vivo studies using animal models, etc. Maintain accurate records of data and provide findings and recommendations to the PI based on analysis. (50%)
  3. Assist the PI in and independently develop new techniques and protocols. Train lab members on new techniques. (10%)
  4. Mentor and train lab staff and graduate students; oversee research work and ensure projects are being completed according to the research plan. This will involve teaching other members of the lab techniques and scientific discovery methods, including students and post-docs. Assist and teach both established and new research techniques to other lab members to facilitate their experiments. Coordinate trainings for lab members with the EHS and others, as needed. (15%)
  5. Present data and findings at laboratory meetings and scientific meetings, seminars, etc. Prepare manuscripts, and contribute preliminary data for grant proposals. (5%)
  6. Independently author research projects. Assemble data and make publication-quality figures from analyzed data. With the highest level of integrity and responsible conduct of research, participate in writing manuscripts as a first author and co-author for discoveries from research performed in the lab, together with the PI and other lab members. (5%)
  7. Assess, update, and develop new standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the lab. (5%)



  1. Perform other duties as assigned.



Department: Frequent contact with PI and lab members, may work with other faculty for collaboration of research projects, contact with administrative staff as needed

University: Regular/Occasional contact with other labs for collaboration, Regular/Occasional contact with the Animal Resource Center, Contact with other departments as needed        

External: Supply vendors, other institutions, funding agencies, etc. as needed

Students: Undergraduate and graduate student employees working in the lab



No direct supervisory responsibilities. Will train and provide oversight to lab staff and students.



Experience: Minimum of 2 to 5 years of related postdoctoral experience required. Experience in preferred field(s) of study preferred.


Education/Licensing: PhD or /and MD.



  1. Excellent knowledge and skills in cancer biology, molecular biology and cell biology are required. Knowledge in flow cytometry and immunology are preferred.
  2. Excellent analytical skills; ability to formulate findings and recommendations from the analysis.
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills; must demonstrate the ability to effectively and professionally communicate and work with various individuals within and external to the University.
  4. Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines.  Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and follow-through. Must be able to work under pressure and conform to shifting priorities, demands, and timeline.    
  5. Effective leadership skills; ability to lead, train, work with, and elicit cooperation from team members and staff. 
  6. Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team.  Must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable, and a self-starter.
  7. Effective problem-solving skills; must demonstrate innovation and creativity, sound judgment, and good decision-making. 
  8. Good computer skills, including database management. Ability to learn new programs as needed.
  9. Animal research only: Must demonstrate compliance with CWRU animal research and care (ARC) policies and procedures and compliance to regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines and other applicable regulatory guidelines.
  10. Animal research only: Must demonstrate compassion for animals within CWRU facilities and dedication to the Animal Resource Center’s mission.  Must handle animals with care and respect at all times.
  11. Animal Research only: Must be able and willing to maintain a high standard of personal cleanliness and utilize protective gear to protect the health the animals.



General laboratory environment. Mostly, will work at bench performing experiments that requires long time standing and sitting. Will perform some experiments in the animal room and standing at the laminar flow hood.

Must be willing to adjust working hours according to the nature of ongoing experiments and occasionally work extended hours to finish the experiments. Working on weekends and holidays are needed depending on the ongoing experiments and need to accelerate data generation and data collections.


Animal research only: Case's animal facilities are accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) and is managed according to the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” appropriate Federal Animal Welfare Regulations, and the Public Health Service “Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals."  This position, and all animal research personnel, are subject to internal compliance to SOM Animal Resource Center Standard Operating Procedures and to compliance regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines, the State of Ohio Veterinary Practice Act, Federal Drug Enforcement Administration regulatory guidelines, US Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine regulations and other applicable regulatory guidelines.



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.



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 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.



Send inquiries containing a cover letter, CV with a list of publications and contact information for three references to references to Dr Lan Zhou at