Join us!

We are currently recruiting at the Ms, PhD and postdoctoral level. Positions could be in the Beach Lab, Oakes Lab, or both.


  • 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). We are funded via NIH/NIGMS R35, providing us with flexibility to do curiosity-based research broadly in the realm of cell contractility.

  • 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!


  • Candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to: molecular/cell biology, 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


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 to


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