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Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) - Dr. Valerie Chai's Lab

Loyola University Chicago
Maywood-Health Sciences Campus

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Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) - Dr. Valerie Chai's Lab

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Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) - Dr. Valerie Chai's Lab

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Maywood-Health Sciences Campus

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Dept of Cancer Biology (06311A)

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Duties and Responsibilities:

A Postdoctoral Associate position is immediately available in Prof. Weihang (Valerie) Chai’s lab at the Department of Cancer Biology, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. We are seeking motivated postdoctoral researcher to conduct original research using human cell lines and mice to study the role of genome instability and replication stress in carcinogenesis, and how to genome maintenance to improve cancer treatment. We are a highly interactive team using integrated genomics, molecular/cell biology, and in vivo approaches to advance targeted cancer therapy. Successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in a discipline related to the molecular and cellular cancer research. Applicants should have strong skills in molecular and cell biology, excellent communication skills, both orally and written, and a solid publication record. Experience with animal handling is preferred but not required. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Additional information regarding the Chai Lab can be found at: Please email your CV to:


Ph.D. in cell or molecular biology, or other discipline related to the molecular biosciences.

Physical Demands:

Standing, Repetitive Motions

Working Conditions:

Odors, Animals, Irregular Hours

Minimum Education and/or Work Experience:

Ph.D. in biochemistry, cell or molecular biology, or other discipline related to the molecular biosciences; demonstrated expertise in working with cancer stem cells to study cancer initiation and progression; 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.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Loyola requires all Health Sciences Campus Faculty and Staff to be vaccinated with the original COVID-19 and Flu vaccines when eligible. An exemption for a qualified medical or religious reason may be submitted for review/approval. If you are invited for an on-campus interview for a Position that is based at the Health Sciences Campus, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination of the original COVID-19 vaccine OR a negative COVID-19 test results no more than 48 hours prior to arriving on campus. PCR or rapid antigen test results are acceptable.

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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 benefitscentered 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
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  • 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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