Post-Doctoral Fellow

Aurora, CO
Jun 21, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Post-Doctoral Fellow - HIV immunology/microbiology. This full time (100%FTE) Post-doctoral Fellow position is open immediately in the Divisions of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado. The Palmer laboratory is looking for a bright and enthusiastic individual interested in advancing their career by taking this key position to perform cutting edge research in this highly collaborative and fun laboratory. The laboratory is studying the role of the gut microbiome in HIV disease pathogenesis and HIV-associated comorbidities. Our ongoing studies have demonstrated that HIV infection is associated with dramatic alterations in the microbial composition in the gut. The laboratory has NIH funding to examine the relationship between HIV-associated alteration in gut microbiota and metabolic disease as well as how changes in gut microbiota affect other parameters of gut health and local and systemic inflammation. We are also studying the effects of dietary intervention on HIV-infected individuals in Colorado and examining fecal microbiota in HIV-infected subjects in rural and urban Zimbabwe to determine the relationship between fecal microbiome composition, diet, and inflammatory/metabolic disease markers. Specifically, the Post-doc will investigate how immunologic changes associated with HIV infection drive alterations in the gut microbiome and the role of these alterations in the development of metabolic disease and increased inflammation seen in HIV-infected individuals.

Examples of Work Performed

1) The use basic in vitro cellular immunology approaches (i.e. flow cytometry, CyTOF, cytokine bead array assays, etc ) to examine immune responses primary cells isolated from blood, tissue to characterize immune responses to bacteria and viruses.

2) Perform microbiome and RNAseq studies.

3) Train students and other staff as needed, attend and present in laboratory meeting and national and international conferences, write and edit scientific publications.

The successful candidate will also have experience with the following techniques:

Flow cytometry and CyTOF for in depth phenotyping of primary cells
Isolation of gut cells from human specimens and primary cell culture
T regulatory cell generation and functional analysis
Examination of antigen-specific T cells using intracellular cytokine staining
Development of KO strains of bacteria
Development of qPCR assays for quantification of various bacterial genes

The applicant will utilize a variety of procedures in this position, including but not limited to techniques in immunology, microbiology (microbiome), and molecular biology.

Professional Field:

Immunology; Microbiology: Cell Biology; Infectious Disease; Translational/Human clinical Research

Supervision Received:

Position will report directly to Principal Investigator, Brent Palmer Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the ACI/ID Flow Cytometry Facility.

Supervision Exercised:

Position will supervise all Professional Research Assistants (PRAs). Will assign tasks, monitor progress and work flow, check the product for timeliness and correctness or soundness.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America's most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, world class skiing, multiple National Parks, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Highly inquisitive, a high degree of self-motivation, and a specific career interest in the areas of HIV immunology, microbiome and clinical/translational research.
  • Proficiency in data acquisition, data recording with precision, and statistical analysis.
  • Proficiency in planning, organizing and supervising large-scale experiments.
  • Proficiency with cellular immunology based techniquesm
  • Proficient working with human blood and tissue samples in BL2+ setting.
  • Knowledge of HIV immunology.
  • Proficiency in managing all data for manuscripts, meetings and grant renewals.
  • Strong ability to design, implement, analyze and report data.
  • Ability to write manuscripts and aid in the preparation of grant applications.
  • Interface and communicate effectively with other lab members.
  • Proficiency in maintaining quality control of laboratory procedures.


Minimum Requirements:

• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD/MD in one of these fields of study; Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Infectious Diseases.

• Minimum of 5 year(s) experience in one or more of the above fields.

• Excellent communication skills using the English language.

• The ability to work independently within the research lab on basic HIV immunology and/or microbiology.

• Need to be compliant with basic word processing, spreadsheet, statistics programs, flow cytometry analysis programs.

Desired or preferred:

• Ph.D. or M.D. or equivalent.

• Proven experience (strong publication record) with basic immunologic techniques.

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.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 03776

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. 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 - 20174 - SOM-MED-Clinical Immunology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 20, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Brent Palmer

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00643901


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