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Biology, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track

Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Date posted
Feb 15, 2023

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Biology, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track

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Biology, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track

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Rogers Park-Lake Shore Campus

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BIOLOGY (02112A)

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Is this split and/or fully grant funded?

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The Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University Chicago ( LUC ) invites applications for a full-time post-doctoral fellow, beginning in Academic Year 2023-2024. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal for additional years based on performance and funding. The postdoctoral fellow will study the response of oligodendrocytes to various stress conditions, including ER stress and inflammation. This position will support research in the laboratory of Dr. Yanan Chen, which uses cellular, genetic, and pharmacological approaches to understand the cytoprotective pathways in oligodendrocytes against inflammation and investigate the impact of oligodendrocyte protections on the progression of multiple sclerosis. The position is jointly funded by Loyola’s Department of Biology and the National MS Society and provides an ideal opportunity for candidates who are interested in gaining teaching experience while conducting cutting-edge research.

Located on Chicago’s vibrantly multicultural North Side, LUC is committed to creating an inclusive, responsive community of faculty, students, and staff. As an urban-based Department of Biology dedicated to mentoring a diverse student body, many of whom come from under-represented and under-served populations, we especially encourage applications from candidates from under-represented groups. We also encourage applications from candidates committed to interdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across different subfields and disciplines). This search is part of a university-wide, multiyear hiring initiative designed to hire outstanding researchers and teachers who are reflective of our diverse student body. Of special interest are candidates who can further the University’s efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The postdoc will work with Dr. Chen to investigate the cytoprotective response pathways in oligodendrocytes in vitro, in a variety of genetic mouse models as well as in mouse models of demyelination. The candidate will be involved in several different aspects of the project, including collecting and analyzing data, writing manuscripts, giving presentations, and mentoring students. Experimental techniques will include behavioral assessment of mouse models, brain and spinal cord dissection, immunohistochemistry, immunoblotting, EM processing, confocal, TEM imaging, and other biochemical and molecular approaches. In addition to lab work, the postdoc will teach one or two courses in the Department of Biology.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in neurobiology or a related field. A background in working with mice is required.

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Applicants must have a Ph.D. in neurobiology or a related field. A background in working with mice is required.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates should submit the following items to 1) a Curriculum Vitae; 2) a research statement; 3) a statement on teaching experience; and 4) a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to mentoring a diverse student body, and engaging a diverse community through research, teaching, and/or service. Applicants should also provide the names and contact information for three references (referees will not be contacted immediately but might be at subsequent points in the review process).

The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity – including a wide range of individuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and services in an increasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically accessing the many qualifications of each applicant, we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes experience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a wide variety of different educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degrees.

As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn more about LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, Loyola University Chicago fosters a transformative cultural experience that honors diversity, equity, and inclusion . We are committed to not only recruiting, but also retaining a diverse, mission driven workforce and enabling a culture of inclusiveness in an environment that values service excellence, stewardship, personal well-being, and professional development for all of our employees. Loyola University Chicago supports its staff and faculty with a wide array of affordable, comprehensive and competitive benefits centered on health and wellness, financial security, equity, and work-life balance. We actively seek those who wish to join our faculty, staff, and students in a community of diverse opinions, perspectives, and backgrounds supporting our Jesuit mission and striving toward the same goal of being persons for and with others.

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  1. Curriculum Vitae
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  3. Research Statement
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  3. Scholarly Publications
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