Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)

Research Associate

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)

Cleveland, OH, United States

Date: April 2020
Title: Research Associate
Department: Medicine / Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine
School: Medicine
Supervisor Name and Title: Atul Chopra, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Two postdoc positions are immediately available in the laboratory of Dr. Atul Chopra in the Department of Medicine, Harrington Discovery Institute, Case Western Reserve University ( Chopra lab discovered the fasting induced hormone asprosin that controls important aspects of mammalian physiology such as appetite, body weight and glucose homeostasis (Cell 2016; Nature Medicine 2017). Current effort in the lab is focused on identification of the asprosin receptor and characterization of the anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effect of anti-asprosin monoclonal antibodies. The lab focuses on human genetics as an initial impetus but also specializes in basic biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, mouse genetics and physiology to enable the discovery process.


• Develop experimental design for research projects, carry out experiments at the bench and perform day-to-day data analysis. Amend research direction as necessary based on results and developments in the field.

• Develop new protocols and techniques as needed.

• Present data at laboratory and institutional seminars and scientific meetings.

• Prepare initial drafts of scientific manuscripts, including figures, for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Contribute preliminary data, background, significance and
experimental design for grant proposals.

• Maintain meticulous records of experiments.

• Maintain all training certifications required to participate in the biomedical research.

• Operate and maintain laboratory equipment and instruments.

• Train undergraduate and graduate students as requested.

• General laboratory maintenance


• Perform other duties as assigned.


• Department: Contact with supervisor to plan and discuss research. Contact with staff, students, and faculty within the ITMM and the Department to exchange ideas and expertise.

• University: Moderate contact outside the department but within the University to fulfill research objectives

• External: Regular contact with outside vendors to obtain quotes. Occasional contact with researchers from other institutions to exchange ideas and research materials

• Students: Contact with undergraduates and graduate students with varying frequency


• Supervise/train research assistants and student trainees in their assigned duties as needed.


• Education/Licensing: A Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biotechnology or molecular biology

• Experience: Prior postdoctoral research experience is strongly preferred.


• The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a team

• Strong analytical skills

• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy

• Ability to effectively manage time, multi-task, and prioritize


Please e-mail a cover letter describing past training, research interests and career goals, along with a detailed CV and contact information for three references to Dr. Atul Chopra at

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 Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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.

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Research Associate