Research Associate - Otolaryngology

Date: May 2019

Title: Research Associate

Department: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

School: Medicine

Location: Wolstein Research Building

Supervisor Name and Title: Quintin Pan and Professor



Seeking an experienced and highly motivated Research Associate with a MD/PhD and at least 5 years of experience in an academic cancer biology research laboratory. This Research Associate will work with a high degree of independence on research projects in novel anti-cancer targets and drug development for head and neck cancer. The position will utilize a variety of experimental procedures ranging from in vitro cell culture to in vivo animal models. Additionally, this ideal candidate should have excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with a multi-disciplinary research team consisting of basic scientists, translational scientists, and clinicians.



  1. Work with a high degree of independence to coordinate, design, and execute in vitro and in vivo animal experiments, including complex procedures, for various research projects. (50%)
  2. Analyze and interpret data generated. Modify research direction as needed based on in house data generated and published data generated by other groups in the field (10%).
  3. Provide input and recommendation to principal investigator and research scientist regarding significant developments in research projects focused on head and neck cancer. (10%)
  4. Co-author research projects by preparing manuscripts for publication and abstracts for scientific meetings. (10%)
  5. Teach or instruct others in research techniques. Will supervise research assistants and technicians. (10%)



  1. Assist in developing new procedures and coordinate information with others. (5%)
  2. Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)



Department: Daily contact with supervisor to discuss research.

University: Occasional contact with other departments to share information.

External: Limited or no contact with vendors to exchange information.

Students: Daily contact with undergraduate students and other new lab personnel to teach research techniques.



This position supervises research assistants and technicians.



Experience: MD or PhD in a biomedical science discipline. At least 5 years of experience in an academic cancer research laboratory setting. 

Education/Licensing: MD or PhD in a biomedical science discipline.



  1. Experience working with animals, in particular pre-clinical oncology animal models.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Experience and willing to work in BSL2 environments including the use of lentivirus.
  5. Significant experience in a cancer biology research laboratory and have a deep understanding of cancer biology.
  6. Experience culturing primary and established cell lines.
  7. Experience with flow cytometry to analyze and sort cells based on cell surface markers. 
  8. Documented publication record in cancer biology or related field.
  9. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be able to work well with other research team members. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.
  10. Outstanding organizational skills and demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  11. Effective management skills with the ability to lead, train, and work with research team members.
  12. Must demonstrate competency to learn and optimize new experimental techniques and procedures.
  13. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  14. Ability to meet consistent attendance.



General laboratory environment.  General research laboratory environment.  The work involves the use of a variety of chemicals and biohazards.  Every precaution has been taken to create a safe and pleasant working environment, in accordance with EHS policies.





Interested applicants should send CV’s and three reference letters to:

Quintin Pan, PhD.

Deputy Director of Research

Dr. Lester E Coleman, Jr. Chair in Cancer Research and Therapeutics

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center



Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Case Western Reserve University


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Phone: 216-368-5639

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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.