Post-Doctoral Fellow

Aurora, CO
Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Area of primary responsibility (80%): This position reports directly to Dr. Margaret E. Wierman, MD. The candidate will develop and lead projects in the area of cancer and tumor biology, including drug development in pituitary tumorigenesis. Activities related to this responsibility include but are not limited to:
  • Expertise in molecular and cell biology techniques related to functional analysis of novel genes and pathways to dissect the mechanisms involved in the epigenetic and genetic control of pituitary tumorigenesis.
  • Expertise in the study of transgenic and xenograft models where candidate genes are overexpressed or silenced
  • Development and testing of novel kinase inhibitors towards new targets for patients with pituitary tumors
  • Supervision and mentoring of members of the laboratory including PRAs, students and fellows
  • Performing data analysis including bioinformatics and biostatistics
  • The individual is expected to enhance their general knowledge base and skills related to related to neuroendocrinology, tumor biology, drug discovery and genetics
  • Meet with Dr. Wierman on a regular basis, to provide updates on progress, discuss problems encountered and devise solutions, and summarize and interpret data
  • Prepare data for presentation at regional and national meetings
  • Publish data in original manuscripts, reviews etc
  • Perform other duties, as assigned, for successful and timely completion of research projects.

The applicant will work closely with collaborators across the institution in genomics, bioinformatics, SOPharmacy high throughput core etc.

Other responsibilities and areas of focus (20%). As this post-doctoral training is considered a career-development period, it is expected that a portion of time be dedicated to:
1. Enhancing general knowledge in related scientific areas by attending intramural seminars, research conferences, and grand rounds
2. Attending weekly Wierman lab meetings
3. Presenting research in progress at lab meetings and yearly Endocrine research conference
4. Developing the skill sets towards independence in an area of related interest to the field. The objective is to prepare and submit, prior to the end of the training period (2-3 yrs), a mentored training grant application. This will be achieved by:
A. Using resources (reading the scientific literature, attending seminars) to enhance their understanding of the field, communication and grant-writing skills.
B. Discuss potential ideas with Dr. Wierman and other experts on campus
C. Present ideas for future studies at lab meetings
D. Participate in and give feedback during lab meetings where other members of the group present grant submissions for review


Minimum Requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD/MD
  • Expertise in neuroscience and/or reproduction using molecular and cell biology techniques
  • Experience with transgenic and/or nude mouse models
  • Excellent communication skills using the English language
  • The ability to work independently and work collaboratively with others in the lab

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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Application Materials Required:Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 06252

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A current Resume/CV
  2. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20184 - SOM-MED-Endocrinology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Feb 16, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Sabrina Ferguson

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00178618


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