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Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Illinois

Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Hiring Department: Pharmacy Practice

Location: Chicago, IL USA

Requisition ID: 1015023

Posting Close Date:

About the University of Illinois Chicago

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.


Position Summary:

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice is seeking recruiting for a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacy Practice with Dr. Paola Rosas' laboratory supported by NIH and AHA funding.

Our laboratory aims to understand the relation between heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and metabolic disorders that are more frequently seen in postmenopausal women. We focus on P21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) regulatory activities and how these activities are governed by estrogens in the heart and the adipose tissue. We have different murine models of heart failure, and we use non-invasive and invasive techniques to evaluate cardiac function and metabolism.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Design, perform, analyze, and interpret experiments aimed at studying the pathways that lead to heart failure due to stressors such as aging, obesity.
  • Support pre-clinical studies in murine models of heart failure and obesity.
  • Conduct animal experiments that include echocardiography, pressure-volume measurements, skinned fiber measurements, metabolic phenotyping, biochemistry studies, among others.
  • Communicate research results via scientific publications or presentations at national and international conferences.
  • Possesses and applies comprehensive knowledge of research principles, concepts, practices and methods.
  • Special Projects and other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have a Ph.D., M.D., PharmD or equivalent doctoral degree with training in the areas of biology, biomedical sciences or a related discipline.
  • Displayed proficiency in lab research techniques required.
  • Attention to details is essential to support written documentation, present findings, and project report submissions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate experience in cardiac physiology, metabolic phenotyping (i.e., metabolic cages, feeding behavior, etc) and biochemistry techniques.

How and When to Apply:

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Applications may only be submitted via the University’s online application system.

For fullest consideration, submit complete application materials by November 11, 2022. Applications must include all the following:

  • A letter of intent describing relevant qualification, experience, and interest in the position.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Names and contact information of three professional references

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

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