Available Positions

Research Technician

Interested individuals can contact Dr. Oakes directly about potential opportunities.

Postdoctoral Scholars

We're currently searching for a postdoc to work on a newly funded project studying the dynamic interplay between the cytoskeleton, adhesions, extracellular environment, and force generation in various cell types (fibroblast, cancer, immune...). Successful candidates will also be provided the opportunity to develop independent project(s) during their training. The position could be in either our lab, the Beach lab, or split between the two.

What we offer:

  • An open, collaborative and stimulating research environment
  • Training in a broad array of quantitative microscopy and image analysis techniques, including Traction Force Microscopy, optogenetics, laser ablation, and TIRF, and live-cell super-resolution
  • Commitment to mentoring and career development opportunities tailored to individual career goals
  • An NIH funded position at NRSA postdoctoral stipend levels (with the opportunity to renew for up to 4 years)
  • Flexible start date
  • Regular opportunities to interact with collaborators at University of Chicago, Northwestern and local meetings like Chicago Cytoskeleton (4X a year!)
  • Located only 11 miles from downtown • Chicago with easy access via public transportation. Great food, arts, sports, and cultural activities, all within easy reach!

What we're looking for:

  • Candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to: molecular/cell biology, immunology, physics, and engineering
  • Enthusiasm with strong commitment to pursuing novel research areas and work as part of a team, including working with junior members of the lab
  • Eagerness to learn and develop new techniques and approaches
  • Ability to think independently and the fearlessness to follow new ideas
  • Motivation to pursue career development opportunities (e.g. applying for fellowships and awards, networking, etc.)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

How to apply:

Interested individuals should send an updated CV along with contact information for references and a cover letter that describes both your current science and why you're specifically interested in joining our lab.


If this project doesn't sound like a great fit but you're still interested in joining the lab please reach out! We are always open to motivated and talented postdocs from a variety of backgrounds and are happy to discuss potential ways to make it work.

Graduate Students

We are currently recruiting graduate students to join our group! Interested students should contact Dr. Oakes about doing a rotation.

Undergraduate Students

We enjoy having undergraduate researchers work with our research group. Students who are interested should contact Dr. Oakes directly to discuss their research interests and potential projects that are available in the lab.