Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Loyola University Chicago
Maywood-Health Sciences Campus

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Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow)

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Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow)

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Maywood-Health Sciences Campus

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Dept of Cancer Biology (06311A)

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The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original research using mice as an animal model to study the role of genome instability in carcinogenesis. The successful candidate will be expected to publish research results in peer reviewed journals and present at national meetings.


Ph.D. in cell or molecular biology, or other discipline related to the molecular biosciences; demonstrated expertise in using mouse models to study cancer initiation and progression; prior experience with skin cancer/melanoma and/or UV damage is preferred; strong experience with animal handling, breeding, genotyping, clinical observation including tumor monitoring, dissecting and isolating organs/tissues; a publication record consistent with background; strong communication skills, both orally and written; research experience with tissue culture, transfection, RNAi, CRISPR/Cas9, molecular cloning, retrovirus and/lentivirus production, PCR, real-time PCR, RT-PCR, co-immunoprecipitation, western blotting, fluorescence microscopy.

Physical Demands:

Standing, Repetitive Motions

Working Conditions:

Odors, Animals, Irregular Hours

Minimum Education and/or Work Experience:

Applications are sought for a Postdoctoral Associate or Staff Scientist position in Prof. Weihang Chai’s lab at the Department of Cancer Biology, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. The Chai lab studies the molecular mechanism governing genome stability and telomere maintenance using molecular biology, cellular imaging, genomics, and animal model approaches. Interested candidates are welcome to visit:

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original research using mice as an animal model to study the role of genome instability in carcinogenesis. The successful candidate will be expected to publish research results in peer reviewed journals and present at national meetings.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please send your CV to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately.

The Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine is conveniently located at Maywood, IL, 16 min west of Chicago downtown. It is close to the western suburbs of Chicago that offer several nationally recognized school districts and an excellent environment for raising families.

If the applicant is a non-US citizen or permanent resident, only those currently residing in the US will be considered.

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Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University and the only one located in Chicago. Shaped by our city and our Jesuit traditions, Loyola University Chicago offers students an educational environment unmatched for its diversity of thought and experience.

Loyola University Chicago comprises four campuses: Lake Shore (LSC), Water Tower (WTC), Health Sciences (HSC), and the John Felice Rome Center in Italy, and is home to eleven schools and colleges: Arrupe College, Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Loyola also features course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois.

With three campuses spread throughout the greater Chicago area, students have access to hundreds of cultural institutions as well as thousands of internships and networking opportunities with the city's Fortune 500 companies. Study-abroad programs at our Rome and Beijing Centers provide engagement with the global community and economy.

While rigorous programs of research and study are one hallmark of a Jesuit education, we're not just preparing students for a career, we're preparing them for life. We challenge our students to learn broadly, to think critically, to serve generously, to lead with integrity, to respect diversity. We come from all faiths and ethnic and economic backgrounds, with a common purpose of building a better society.

Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the "top national universities" in its annual publications, and named the University a "best value" in its 2008 rankings.

Our faculty take a person-centered approach to education. They’re not just here to teach students what they know, they’re here to teach them to think critically and creatively and to reach for their own discoveries.

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