Applications are welcome at all levels from highly motivated, collaborative individuals who have a passion for science. We provide a fun, supportive, and team-oriented working environment, a laser-like focus (microscopy pun definitely intended) on advancing your individual career goals, and the opportunity to do cutting-edge research. Please submit all inquiries to Dr. Saxena.
Prospective Postdocs: 1-2 NIH-funded positions are available. Please email the following to Dr. Saxena:
List of at least three references
A description of:
your general research interests.
why you'd like to work with us in particular.
what accomplishments you're most proud of; what makes you stand out as a candidate.
Experience with zebrafish, high-resolution microscopy, and/or quantitative biology is welcome but not required. Those things can be taught, and our collaborative group is great at teaching them. We're much more interested in your accomplishments, ideas, interests, big-picture goals, and overall potential. Generic applications will not be considered.
Prospective Grad Students: General inquiries are welcome, but we do not accept graduate students directly. Please apply here.
Undergraduate & High School Students: We look for enthusiasm, maturity, reliability, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to learn and work as part of a team. Please see here for more details on how to apply. Applications not following instructions will not receive a reply.
We take seriously our commitment to the public good and are appreciative of the taxpayer-based funding that makes our research possible. As a postdoc at Caltech, Dr. Saxena organized and led outreach efforts such as 'Lab Tours' for the general public at several levels -- middle & high school students from inner city schools, undergraduates, philanthropists, and many others. We have continued that tradition of community involvement in the Saxena Lab at UIC, where we have an effective (and really fun!) workflow for demonstrating in vivo cell and developmental biology to visitors. We've also begun a 'traveling science' outreach program that brings this exciting in vivo biology directly into underserved communities. Contact us at saxenalabuic at gmail.com to set up a visit/field trip to our lab or to request one of our lab members to give a presentation at your Chicagoland-area school or organization.
If you'd like to support our efforts investigating stem cell and cancer behaviors, feel free to contact Dr. Saxena directly and/or send donations to the address below. Resulting publications will acknowledge all sources of funding. Dr. Ankur Saxena University of Illinois at Chicago 900 S Ashland Ave, MC 567 Chicago, IL 60607-4067 Checks must be payable to “University of Illinois at Chicago”, with “To Support Dr. Ankur Saxena’s Research” in the memo section.