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Research Associate- Yan Lab

Medical Professionals, Research / Scientific


Research Associate- Yan Lab

  • 521904
  • Roanoke, Virginia, United States
  • Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
  • Medical Professionals
  • Research / Scientific
  • Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

A full-time Research Associate is sought for the lab of Dr. Zhen Yan at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion. The Yan lab is an interdisciplinary research group of molecular biologists and exercise physiologies that studies the impacts of regular exercise on health and various pathologic conditions, including diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart failure and Alzheimer’s Disease. We use a range of tools and techniques, including CRISPR-Cas9-mediated gene editing and tissue-specific inducible transgenic mice in different exercise models. We work with collaborators all over the world to translate the findings to have direct impact on general population and patients. We seek a qualified individual to work across multiple projects in the lab to implement and develop methods to study the impacts of exercise on health and disease prevention. This individual will also be expected to work closely with collaborators at FBRI and other institutions and maintain a high level of research progress and presentation in all interactions. The work of this scientist will bridge multiple grants and projects which require in vivo imaging and analysis, cellular assays, and animal physical and behavioral work. This position will require in-person laboratory time at the Roanoke campus.

Required Qualifications

• M.S. (or equivalent) in Biology, or related field. A focus on exercise physiology with molecular interventions in whole animal models is required.
• Effective interpersonal and communication skills to work with colleagues in a diverse and engaging environment and across disciplines.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on both small details and big ideas.
• Demonstrated animal work skills, including design of experiments, implementation of techniques, and development of new techniques.
• Track record in Molecular Biology with expertise in exercise intervention, metabolic assessments, and muscle functional measurements in mice.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in training of lab techniques to others.
• Strong technical writing skills demonstrated by track record of publications.
• Strong interest in independent development of research trajectories and ideas.
• Effective project and time management.
• Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Brittany Shelton at sheltb@vtc.vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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