Cheng Research Group

Materials Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Graduate Students

We actively recruit graduate students with background in organic/polymer/materials chemistry, materials science, biomaterials and bioengineering. Our research interest includes polymeric biomaterials, polymer and materials chemistry, drug and gene delivery, nanomedicine for therapeutic and diagnostic applications and functional polymeric materials (e.g., self-healing). If you are an admitted graduate student of UIUC and are interested in our research, please contact Prof. Jianjun Cheng (jianjunc@illinois.edu) with your CV attached. If you have not been admitted to UIUC, send your application materials to the department graduate admission office.  If you are interested in getting Professor Cheng’s support to apply for graduate fellowships, either US-based or international scholarship (e.g., from Chinese Scholarship Council), please contact Prof. Jianjun Cheng directly.

Postdoctoral Scientists

Opening for postdoc (9/1/2017): Prof. Jianjun Cheng’s research group at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral scientist with PhD training in sugar synthesis and chemical biology. The goal of the research is to identify the effects of small molecule sugar derivatives for in vitro and in vivo cell labeling.  The ideal candidate is expected to have a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry and sugar derivative synthesis and purification. Knowledge of basic techniques in molecular and cell biology, cell culture and in vivo experience are preferred. Candidates are expected to handle this project independently, which includes planning and execution of experiments, summarizing results, and drafting a manuscript. If interested, please send your curriculum vitae, a brief summary of research experience along with the name and contact information of three references to Professor Jianjun Cheng at jianjunc@illinois.edu. 

Undergraduate Students

We routinely recruit undergraduate students to do research with graduate students or postdocs. Email your CV and/or resume with your current GPA information to Ruibo Wang at rwang41@illinois.edu to check for opening.

Academic Hourly/Lab Manager

Opening for academic hourly/lab manager (9/1/2017): Prof. Jianjun Cheng’s research group at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has an immediate opening for an academic hourly to support lab management. Hourly salary will be commensurate with experience. If interested, please send your curriculum vitae, a brief summary of prior working experience along with the name and contact information of 2 references to Jianjun Cheng at jianjunc@illinois.edu.