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Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois
Around $50,000 per year + benefits
Closing date
Feb 18, 2022
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We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to work in a multidisciplinary research environment funded by multi-year grants from National Institutes of Health (NIH) ( The postdoctoral fellow will combine biomaterial design with micro & nanotechnology to precisely control biophysical processes of regenerative cells, and leverage these insights to restore damaged tissues, including bone, bone marrow and lungs. The key research areas include: single cell mechanobiology and encapsulation therapy (e.g.; biomaterial-directed paracrine modulation in immunomodulation and tissue remodeling (e.g.; matrix-mediated regulation of extracellular vesicle/particle transport (e.g. and biogenesis (e.g. The Principal Investigator (PI) will help the fellow develop his/her career by providing a collaborative and inclusive research environment. The PI will encourage the preparation of research papers, application of fellowships, and presentation at national/international meetings.


The laboratory is housed in the Department of Pharmacology and Regenerative Medicine at the College of Medicine ( The Department has a dynamic group of junior and senior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students. The department's strengths are in the broad areas of cell signaling, cardiovascular and lung biology, stem cells and regenerative medicine, and therapeutic development. The Department has been consistently ranked top 10 in NIH research funding in the field of Pharmacology. In 2020, the Department was ranked in the top 10 in the United States based on QS World University Rankings by Subject in Pharmacy and Pharmacology.


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences or Engineering
  • Demonstrated expertise with a publication record in at least three of the following areas:
    • Hydrogel design and characterization: e.g. chemical conjugation, NMR analysis, rheological analysis
    • Cell biology and engineering: e.g. cell culture, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy
    • Molecular biology and engineering: e.g. plasmid cloning, CRISPR
    • Animal studies with rodents: e.g. transplantation, survival surgery, in vivo imaging.
    • Microtechnology: e.g. micropipetting, atomic force microscopy, micropatterning, microfluidics
    • Nanobiotechnology: e.g. nanoparticle tracking analysis, nanoparticle synthesis, TEM/SEM
  • Minimum of two first-author primary research articles in international journals
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Motivation to pursue high quality research to address novel scientific questions
  • Evidence of collaboration and mentoring

How to apply

Interested applicants who meet all the criteria above should send a PDF file which includes a cover letter stating career goals, CV, and contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) for three references to Jae-Won Shin, Ph.D. Email to:

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 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. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit

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