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Biology, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track

Loyola University Chicago
Rogers Park-Lake Shore Campus

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Biology, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track

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Biology, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track

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Rogers Park-Lake Shore Campus

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BIOLOGY (02112A)

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The Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University Chicago (LUC) invites applications for a full-time post-doctoral fellow, beginning in Academic Year 2023-2024. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal for additional years based on performance and funding. The postdoctoral fellow will study the response of oligodendrocytes to various stress conditions, including ER stress and inflammation. This position will support research in the laboratory of Dr. Yanan Chen, which uses cellular, genetic, and pharmacological approaches to understand the cytoprotective pathways in oligodendrocytes against inflammation and investigate the impact of oligodendrocyte protections on the progression of multiple sclerosis. The position is jointly funded by Loyola’s Department of Biology and the National MS Society and provides an ideal opportunity for candidates who are interested in gaining teaching experience while conducting cutting-edge research.

Located on Chicago’s vibrantly multicultural North Side, LUC is committed to creating an inclusive, responsive community of faculty, students, and staff. As an urban-based Department of Biology dedicated to mentoring a diverse student body, many of whom come from under-represented and under-served populations, we especially encourage applications from candidates from under-represented groups. We also encourage applications from candidates committed to interdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across different subfields and disciplines). This search is part of a university-wide, multiyear hiring initiative designed to hire outstanding researchers and teachers who are reflective of our diverse student body. Of special interest are candidates who can further the University’s efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The postdoc will work with Dr. Chen to investigate the cytoprotective response pathways in oligodendrocytes in vitro, in a variety of genetic mouse models as well as in mouse models of demyelination. The candidate will be involved in several different aspects of the project, including collecting and analyzing data, writing manuscripts, giving presentations, and mentoring students. Experimental techniques will include behavioral assessment of mouse models, brain and spinal cord dissection, immunohistochemistry, immunoblotting, EM processing, confocal, TEM imaging, and other biochemical and molecular approaches. In addition to lab work, the postdoc will teach one or two courses in the Department of Biology.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in neurobiology or a related field. A background in working with mice is required.

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Applicants must have a Ph.D. in neurobiology or a related field. A background in working with mice is required.

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Candidates should submit the following items to 1) a Curriculum Vitae; 2) a research statement; 3) a statement on teaching experience; and 4) a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to mentoring a diverse student body, and engaging a diverse community through research, teaching, and/or service. Applicants should also provide the names and contact information for three references (referees will not be contacted immediately but might be at subsequent points in the review process).

The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity – including a wide range of individuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and services in an increasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically accessing the many qualifications of each applicant, we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes experience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a wide variety of different educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degrees.

As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn more about LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, Loyola University Chicago fosters a transformative cultural experience that honors diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to not only recruiting, but also retaining a diverse, mission driven workforce and enabling a culture of inclusiveness in an environment that values service excellence, stewardship, personal well-being, and professional development for all of our employees. Loyola University Chicago supports its staff and faculty with a wide array of affordable, comprehensive and competitive benefits centered on health and wellness, financial security, equity, and work-life balance. We actively seek those who wish to join our faculty, staff, and students in a community of diverse opinions, perspectives, and backgrounds supporting our Jesuit mission and striving toward the same goal of being persons for and with others.

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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.

More facts about Loyola University Chicago:

  • Total enrollment: 15,902
  • 80+ undergraduate majors and 80+ minors
  • 140+ graduate, professional, and graduate-level certificate programs
  • More than 4,000 faculty and staff members 
  • 14:1 Undergraduate student/faculty ratio 
  • 150,000 alumni; 85,000 in Chicago 
  • One of only eight percent of all American colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa honor society chapter

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