Postdoctoral Research Associate – CRISPR-Cas9 protein engineering.

University of Illinois, Chicago

  • Academic Faculty - Non Tenure
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

Job Summary

The Oberstein lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Medicine at UIC ( is looking for a motivated post-doctoral candidate to contribute to our research program. Our lab is initiating projects using CRISPR-Cas9 technology for molecular detection of viruses and engineering synthetic biology circuits. We are looking for a post-doctoral candidate to lead this work. The optimal candidate will be highly-self motivated, passionate, and a good problem solver. Creativity, work ethic, and rapid learning are important attributes, in addition to demonstrated research proficiency.  


    • Work with Principle Investigator to design and develop research projects.

    • Conduct independent research experiments, including data collection and analysis.

    • Test, optimize, and troubleshoot new and existing methods and techniques. 

    • Maintain digital and hard-copy records of experimental history, protocols, and results.

    • Prepare scientific results for publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or grant applications. 

    • Communicate results at internal and external scientific conferences. 

    • Assist in the training of graduate students and research staff. 



    • PhD degree (within 3 years) in molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related field.

    • At least one first authored, peer-reviewed, publication.

    • Knowledge of basic experimental design (e.g. controls) and statistics.

    • Required: strong skills in basic molecular biology, including molecular cloning, bacterial genetics, and theoretical aspects of screening and selection.

    • Desirable: experience in directed evolution, CRISPR-Cas9 biochemistry, or recombinant protein purification.

    • Computer proficiency: MS-word/excel required; proficiency in R and Linux desirable.

To Apply

Applicants should email a single pdf file containing a cover letter with brief description of research experience and future interests, curriculum vitae, and list of three references. Send to

Education Requirement:
PhD degree (within 3 years)
Years of Experience:
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • molecular biology
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College of Medicine
Microbiology and Immunology
University of Illinois at Chicago, 835 South Wolcott Ave.
Room E704, MSB 935, MC790
Chicago , IL 60612
Adam Oberstein, PhD