Research Associate, Specialized Technical Skills - Population and Quantitative Health Sciences


Date: July 20, 2021

Title: Research Associate, Specialized Technical Skills

   Department: PQHS

School: Medicine

Location: Robbins Research Building

Supervisor Name and Title: Jennifer Cullen, PhD, MPH; Associate Director for Cancer Population Sciences, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; Professor, Dept. of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences



The Research Associate will work closely with Dr. Cullen, providing scientific and technical writing support for collaborative funding opportunities in cancer research, with a focus on social determinants of health and health disparities, as well as support for manuscripts sub mitted for peer review and abstract submissions for scientific conference presentations. The Senior Research Associate will help identify new grant opportunities and be responsible for writing and critical review of scientific communications (abstracts, manuscripts, protocols, and applications) to help ensure the highest quality submissions and research excellence. This individual will also perform duties as a project manager to oversee grant progress such as developing statements of work, tracking proposed study timelines, preparing progress reports, and overseeing the successful completion of critical project deadlines.



  1. Support of manuscript development as co-author, as well as identification of target journals and formatting submissions for peer review (25%)
  2. Assist PI in the development and submission of scientific grants applications to federal agencies, foundations and private organizations (25%)
  3. Support the core responsibilities of the Associate Director of Cancer Population Science to characterize and address the needs of patients from the Case CCC catchment area, as it relates to cancer risk, progression, and outcomes.  This will include identification of key data sources, compilation of key metrics and statistics, knowledge of data strengths and limitations, and preparation of such data sources for presentations. (25%)
  4. Ongoing literature searches and syntheses in cancer research topics, particularly disparities due to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic circumstance, gender identity, age, & geographical location to support both development of manuscripts and grant applications that integrate national priorities in cancer research 20%)
  5. Assist with writing scientific sections of regulatory documents and progress reports. (5%)



  1. Assist with scheduling team meetings, as needed. (<5%)
  2. Perform other duties as assigned. (<5%)



Department: Daily to weekly contact with Supervisor and her team.

University: Weekly to Monthly 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.

Students: none



This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.



Education: PhD or terminal degree in a public health discipline or related field. 

Experience: Minimum 2 years experience in population-based research, including epidemiology, as well as a health disparities research focus. The candidate should have demonstrated  experience in assisting with writing manuscripts for publication and grant applications. Experience writing research protocols is also desired. Some knowledge of SAS, SPSS, or R is desired.



  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated knowledge of accepted scientific/medical writing standards and editing ability.
  2. 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. Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, interacting intelligently and effectively with people of varied and diverse backgrounds.
  6. 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.


Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, and arrange for at least three letters of reference to