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Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Compensation will commensurate with experience.
Closing date
May 8, 2024

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Life Sciences, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Stem Cells
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Full Time
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We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to work in a dynamic research environment funded by multi-year grants from National Institutes of Health (NIH) The postdoctoral fellow will employ multidisciplinary approaches by combining stem cell biology and genetic approaches with transgenic model systems and single cells analysis, to understand fundamental mechanisms of tissue regeneration and to develop advanced therapeutics for tissue injury. The main target organs include the fetal liver, the bone marrow, and the thymus.

The key research areas include Notch signaling in fetal hematopoietic niche cellular microenvironments (e.g. and endothelial bone marrow niche regeneration (e.g. as well as bone marrow hematopoietic progenitor cell fate decisions (, 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 primarily 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 drug development. The Department has been highly ranked nationally in research funding and training in the field of Pharmacology and Regenerative Medicine.


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences
  • Demonstrated expertise with a publication record in at least three of the following areas:
  • 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. Nanotechnology: 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
  • Inherent motivation to pursue high quality research
  • Evidence of collaboration and mentoring of others

How to apply

Interested applicants who meet all the criteria above should send a PDF file which includes a cover letter, full CV, and contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) for three references to Kostandin Pajcini, Ph.D. Email to:

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