Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cancer Metabolism

Salary is commensurate with experience
November 30 2018
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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cancer Metabolism

 Kim Lab, University of Illinois at Chicago

A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jiyeon Kim in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kim laboratory studies the fundamental molecular mechanisms underlying cancer metabolism, with a specific focus on nitrogen metabolism, and to identify metabolic liabilities that can be targeted therapeutically.  In a study published in Nature, Dr. Kim’s previous study found an alteration of nitrogen metabolism in KRAS/LKB1 co-mutant lung cancer cells and human tumors. Now we are seeking to uncover additional vulnerabilities related to nitrogen metabolism by a comprehensive analysis of metabolite levels in tumor/or cancer cells with mutations in one or both genes. Additionally, with a combination of unbiased CRISPR screening, metabolomics methods and in vivo nutrient infusion, we plan to identify and understand key genes/metabolic pathways involved in tumor aggressiveness in KRAS/LKB1 co-mutant non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). UIC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Candidates with the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:

  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular biology, or Cancer Biology
  • Determined and self-motivated scientist
  • Minimum of one first author publication in international journals in the field of metabolism, cancer.
  • Good knowledge in cancer metabolism
  • Previous experience in xenograft mouse models, tail vein injection, IP injection
  • Previous experience in cloning (overexpression and CRISPR)
  • Experience in stable isotope labeling with GCMS analysis is preferred but not a must 
  • Excellent in written and verbal communication skills in English

To apply, please send the following to by January 31, 2019:

  • Cover letter describing your previous research, career interests, and your motivation to apply
  • Professional CV
  • Contact information for three references to Jiyeon Kim at

Contact information:

Jiyeon Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

College of Medicine

University of Illinois at Chicago

900 S Ashland Ave. M/C 669, Room 1260

Chicago IL 60607

Phone: 312-996-9545

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