Postdoctoral position in ECM and cancer biology: Naba Lab

Updated: 5 days ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS

Postdoctoral position in ECM and cancer biology: Naba Lab
Posted on November 28, 2023

A postdoctoral position funded through a sponsored research agreement with Boehringer-Ingelheim is available in the laboratory of Dr. Alexandra Naba in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Illinois Chicago. This position is ideal for a recent or soon-to-be graduate interested in advancing their training in an academic environment while gaining experience with working with a big pharmaceutical company.

Dr. Naba’s research uses cutting-edge proteomics to decipher the roles of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in development, health, and diseases with a focus on cancer and fibrosis.

The Naba lab is a highly collaborative and dynamic group that strives for scientific excellence, and offers a stimulating and inclusive working environment conducive to professional development. Learn more about the Naba lab at:

Key Responsibilities

• Independently design, perform, analyze, and interpret experiments to gain mechanistic insights on how the ECM of the tumor microenvironment influences cancer progression and response to treatment.
• Communicate research results to collaborators and via scientific publications or presentations at national and international conferences

Minimum Qualifications

• Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, structural biology, or related fields
• Proficiency expected in immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence, mammalian cell culture, gene interference strategies, and common biochemical techniques including western blot, immunoprecipitation, ELISA
• Prior experience in quantitative histochemical and/or immunofluorescence image analysis (ImageJ, HALO, CT-FIRE, TWOMBLI) or in mass-spectrometry-based proteomics (LC-MS/MS) is preferrable
• Programming skills (R, Python) and experience working with “big data” are a plus
• The successful candidate will demonstrate self-motivation, a collaborative mindset, a great attention to detail, and will have excellent written and oral communication skills.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, detailed CV including list of publications, and contact information of three references to Dr. Naba .

Review of applicants will start immediately. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis and will continue until the positions are filled. Competitive compensation will be offered based on experience. Qualifying postdoctoral associates are eligible for full UIC benefits. Relocation package may be available.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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