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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Cancer Center (Job ID #131024)
The University of Illinois Cancer Center (UICC) in the Chicago, Illinois
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Date Posted 04/10/2020
Postdoctoral-Researcher Other
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Cancer Center (Job ID #131024)

Cancer Center/Career Enhancement and Education

The University of Illinois Cancer Center (UICC) invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow in Integrated Research Training in Cancer Biology. Fellows will join the lab of their primary mentor. Primary mentors are located in the following UIC departments: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics; Medicine; Pathology; Pharmacology; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Physiology and Biophysics; and Surgery.

UICC provides trainees with a strong foundation in their discipline and in contemporary oncology research, while integrating curriculum and experiential opportunities across the domains of basic, translational, clinical, population health, social sciences, engineering, and humanities - with conceptual integration in and data dissemination to our surrounding communities. The postdoctoral fellow will use state-of-the-art research approaches, such as proteomics, CRISPR, single-cell and next-generation sequencing, mathematical modeling, and stem cells.

This is a new one-year funded, benefits eligible postdoctoral fellow appointment, with possibility of an extension for an additional year.

We are seeking individuals who are highly motivated to develop careers as independent investigators. The successful candidate must be able to work in a diverse and collaborative research and training environment. The individual is expected to be independent and take initiative with developing research methods, data gathering and analysis, as well as manuscript and grant preparation. The candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English, as well as strong presentation and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of cancer biology research as evidenced by first-authored high-quality scientific publications.

UIC is distinct in that it is a minority serving institution with the highest Carnegie ranking for its research scholarship. Located in the heart of one of the world's great cities, UIC is a vital part of the educational, technological, and cultural fabric of the region. UIC is Chicago's only public research university. UIC is rare nationally in that it includes 7 health colleges (medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health, applied health sciences, social work), and a hospital and health sciences system that contribute to the rich and interdisciplinary research environment.

UICC provides a unique training environment where bridges are encouraged between researchers with health disparities expertise, basic scientists, and community members. UICC adopts a "Community to Bench" approach which is based on integrating individuals and community partners into our research, training, and education pipeline. UICC sponsors research events that enable researchers and trainees to incorporate cutting edge knowledge into their work. This includes facilitation of multiple seminar series, symposia, and retreats including The Cancer Biology retreat, which is run by students and post-doc fellows, and guided by faculty mentors.


  • Conduct a mentored research project in cancer biology
  • Participate in departmental, interdepartmental and cross disciplinary educational offerings
  • Serve as a mentor to younger scholars

Qualifications: Eligibility Criteria:

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Doctoral Degree completed within the past two years
  • Previous experience in cell biology, molecular biology, animal models of cancer or cancer genomics is preferred

Applications are reviewed as they are submitted. Qualified candidates should submit their application by email in 1 PDF document, including:

  • Cover letter that includes preferred mentor(s) and cancer biology research focus
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters should be submitted on your behalf and cannot be from your proposed mentor.

Submit your application materials to:

Mary Rojek, PhD
Assistant Director
Cancer Research Career Enhancement and Education
University of Illinois Cancer Center

UIC offers competitive salaries and benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, and paid holiday and leave time.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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