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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity – Department of Neurology (The Cheng Lab)

The Cheng Lab is a neuro-oncology lab that aims to study mechanisms that regulate phenotypes and therapy responses of brain cancer. They are looking for a postdoctoral trainee to join their highly productive and dynamic research team that focuses on cancer stem cell biology, cellular signaling, RNA biology, and therapy responses in human brain tumors. The Cheng laboratory studies brain tumors, in particular glioma, in both adult and children. Research areas include circular RNAs or long non-coding RNAs in cancer, using multi-o mics to identify novel targets or pathways for improving immunotherapy response, mechanisms for therapy resistance.

Postdoctoral candidates will be exposed to state-of-art techniques of biochemical, molecular, cellular, and bioinformatics and expect to use patient-derived cancer stem cells (GSCs), GBM PDX, human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cancer spheroids, clinical specimens, orthotopic tumor xenografts, and other model systems. There will be opportunities for skill development, not only in bench research, but also in research grant writing (such as NIH), team management, various collaborations etc. Northwestern University provides current NIH-standard annual salary for postdoctoral fellows and an excellent compensation and benefits package.


  • PhD degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, or cancer biology
  • Prior experience with proficient skills in studying cellular signaling, RNA biology, biochemistry, gene regulation with desired bioinformatic experience.
  • Strong publication records with first-author papers in high-impact journals
  • Independent, highly motivated with strong drive to succeed, capable of leading their own research projects and be in charge of all aspects of their project from conception, data generation and analysis to grant submissions and preparation of scientific publications under the guidance of the PI, believe in team science and collaborative, and proficient in English communications.

Interested Candidates should e-mail a single PDF with a cover letter briefly describing their research interests and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, as well as the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Shi-Yuan Cheng.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.