Senior Research Associate - Radiation Oncology



POSITION OBJECTIVE A senior research associate position is available for a Ph.D. chemist to develop novel molecular imaging and theranostic agents for the detection and treatment of tumor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology, whose mission is to conduct research to improve clinical patient outcomes. The ideal candidate has an expertise and an established record of chemical synthesis and bioconjugation of small molecules and peptides as imaging contrast agents and nanoparticles as targeting and drug carrier/delivery agents. The position requires collaboration with a team of PIs, physicians, engineers, postdoctoral fellows, and students to conduct research, generate data for a wide array of basic biology and clinically relevant issues, accumulating to preparation of manuscripts and grant proposals. This position will work with animals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 1. Conduct research. 2. Design, plan and execute experiments. 3. Present data, progress reports, and current literature to laboratory and other meetings. 4. Survey current literature to keep abreast of historical and trends in various research topics. 5. Write manuscripts and aid in grant proposal submissions.

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 1. Perform other duties as assigned. 2. Maintain safe, working laboratory environment. CONTACTS Department: Collaborators and members of other laboratories (50% of time); PI (50%) University: None External: None Students: Laboratory personnel, including students (100%) SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY None

QUALIFICATIONS Experience: Candidate must have a minimum experience of conducting biomedical research using techniques in chemical synthesis, molecular and cellular biology, and cancer imaging accumulating to publications in high impact journals and contributions to grants proposals. Education/Licensing: Minimum of PhD in chemistry is required with minimum of 5 years of postdoctoral research experience.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES 1. Knowledge and understanding of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within the field of biomedical sciences. 2. Ability to perform standard techniques in chemical synthesis, biochemistry, and molecular and cellular biology. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. Previous experience working with animals preferred. 6. Knowledge and understanding of/Working knowledge of/Demonstrated ability to cancer imaging and biology preferred. 7. Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills; must demonstrate the ability to effectively and professionally communicate and work with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the department, School and University, and with individuals outside the University. 8. Good/Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and follow-through. 9. Effective management skills; ability to lead, train, work with, and elicit cooperation from team members and staff. 10. Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team. (Must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable and a self-starter.) 11. Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality. 12. Effective problem-solving skills; must demonstrate excellent analytical skills, sound judgment and good decision-making. 13. Must demonstrate flexibility and ability to work under pressure; must be able and willing to work in a fast-paced, changing environment, and conform to shifting priorities, demands and timeline. 14. Willingness and ability to rely on and follow instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. 15. Ability to operate laboratory equipment. 16. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (ex: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher) and database management. 17. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed. 18. Must be able and willing to maintain a high standard of personal cleanliness and utilize protective gear to protect the health the animals.

WORKING CONDITIONS Position will be conducted in a laboratory environment with potential exposures to hazardous materials, including but not limited to, chemicals and radiation. Successful candidates will adhere to protocols prescribed by CWRU Environmental Health Services to uphold strict safety standards. 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. DIVERSITY STATEMENT 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.