Post-Doctoral Fellow

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

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics, Section of Gastroenterology

School of Medicine

The Department of Pediatrics, Section of Gastroenterology is seeking applications for the position of a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. The successful candidate will work in the Neurogastroenterology Program and the Enteric Nervous System Research Laboratory. The major function of this position will be to work directly with Jaime Belkind-Gerson, MD, MSc, Associate Professor, in performing: i) cell culture based studies with established cell lines and primary cell cultures, ii) molecular biology work, including transfection studies, PCR, western blotting, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence iii) mouse colony control and genotyping, iv) Mice dissection. In addition, the Professional Research Assistant will also be expected to participate in general laboratory tasks, such as laboratory maintenance and ordering of supplies etc. Active participation in the laboratory meetings of the research group and other Neurobiology meetings are important aspects of the work.

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, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Job Responsibilities:

The Section is located on the all-new Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. The Anschutz Campus includes the University of Colorado School of Medicine educational and research facilities, Children's Hospital, and the University of Colorado Hospital. Performing murine studies, including inducing ENS injury models such as chemical induced colitis and manipulating genetically established neural and glial-specific transgenic models. Studies can range from acute time-points of days to chronic time-points of weeks. Harvest of murine tissues for both immunohistochemistry analysis or for tissue enzymatic dissociation for establishment of primary culture. Tissue culture work, including maintenance of primary cell lines, and work with transient and stable transfection methodologies, including plasmid and/or viral-based luciferase assays and siRNA silenced cell lines. Molecular biology work including DNA and RNA purification, real-time reverse transcriptional polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), protein analysis, including antibody-based flow-cytometric analysis (FACS), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), western blotting and histological techniques such as tissue sectioning, staining and immunohistochemistry. All research tasks require careful data gathering and documentation. Assistance with data interpretation and analysis.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent doctorate degree.

Required Competencies: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Basic knowledge of biological systems and molecular approaches.
  • Good computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel and Powerpoint).
  • Enthusiasm to learn, adaptability and willingness to be an interactive team member are desired.
  • Background in molecular biology, neurobiology or stem cell biology would be beneficial but not required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior lab experience
  • Experience with animal handling
  • Strong background in molecular biology

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.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus 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. Some positions may also require a motor vehicle records check.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 07134

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 (Optional)
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. Questions should be directed to Sandra Sarabia at

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20936 - SOM-PEDS Gastro-GenOps

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 25, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Sandra Sarabia

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00686796


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