Employer: University of Illinois – Chicago
Hiring Department: Department of Medicine
Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate – Birch Lab
Additional Information: https://uic.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/6851?c=uic
The Birch Lab in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking a talented and enthusiastic candidate for the full-time position of Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in impactful, biomedical research activities. The Postdoctoral candidate will work as part of a collaborative team to design and independently conduct experiments in the area of cancer epigenetics and gene transcription using techniques of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, and preclinical mouse modeling to generate transformative data to present at meetings and publish in research journals.
Duties & Responsibilities
The position will include excellent, multidisciplinary opportunities to interact and collaborate with researchers across Chicago’s largest university with additional support from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, curious, well-organized, and interested in working collaboratively as a team. This is an exceptional opportunity for a passionate postdoc candidate to advance their career by developing specialized skills, generating translational data, and establishing themselves in the cutting-edge field of cancer epigenetics and gene transcription. (Motivated J-1 applicants are also invited to apply.)
Designs and independently conducts specialized experiments for epigenetics and gene transcription relating to hematopoietic development and cancer transformation using in vitro and in vivo techniques of clinically-relevant disease models.
Proficiently performs techniques of molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry
Independently collects, analyzes, and summarizes research findings with appropriate controls and replicate studies
Maintains clear, accurate, complete, and timely reports of experiments and generated data
Effectively communicates scientific findings both verbally and in writing through presentation at meetings, in abstract and grant funding submissions, and for manuscript publications in research journals
Assists with maintaining a safe and productive lab environment by maintaining lab organization, stock and inventory, general lab maintenance and ordering/shipping supplies as needed
May supervise research staff and be responsible for lab operations as needed
Performs other related duties and participates in special projects as assigned
Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
MD or PhD in Basic Science (or related field) obtained within the last five (5) years.
Possesses and applies advanced knowledge of biomedical research principles, concepts, practices and methods in accordance with professional ethical and safety standards.
Independent proficiency in specific lab research techniques of cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry including DNA, RNA, and protein extraction, molecular cloning and gene editing, PCR, RT-PCR, Western blot, immunoprecipitation, mammalian cell culture, and microscopy.
Self-motivated, curious, and well-organized with attention for detail are required.
Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to work independently and also as part of a collaborative team.
Effective verbal and written communication skills for communicating scientific findings.
Proficiency with Office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
Proficient experience in specific research techniques of cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry including epigenetics and gene transcription is advantageous: i.e. chromatin immunoprecipitation, ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, basic computational biology/bioinformatics and/or proficiency with programing language like R or Python. A willingness to work with preclinical mouse models, flow cytometry, and/or an ability to effectively train others are also considered a plus.