Post-Doctoral Fellow

Aurora, CO
Jun 23, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Fellow

This position reports directly to the Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Dermatology under the supervision of Dr. Neil Box in the area of melanoma research. We are seeking motivated and independent candidates to work on human genetics and melanoma research. The postdoctoral fellow will be supported by the T32 post-doctoral fellowship program in immunodermatology. The Department of Dermatology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has one institutional NIAMS-funded MD or PhD post-doctoral fellowships in cutaneous biology and skin diseases research with a start-date that is negotiable. The goal of this program is to prepare fellows for independent careers in research and academic medicine. Fellows will be exposed to a range of institutional resources including the UCD Postdoctoral Association, the UCD Cancer Center, the UCD Skin Diseases Research Center and CCTSI-funded training opportunities.

The applicants will submit written proposals to be evaluated by the Program Study Section and selected by the Recruitment Committee. Trainees will be required to apply for additional extramural funding (e.g., individual K-award) during their first year of support.

Dr. Box's research area

Our lab is studying the interactions between genes and ultraviolet (UV) radiation that influence risk and clinical presentation of melanoma using epidemiologic approaches in human subjects. For this, we are investigating gene-UV interactions that impact melanocytic nevus development in subjects who are participating in our longitudinal study of nevus development in children. We are recruiting melanoma patients and controls to study how these interactions may influence clinical presentation and how measuring sun damage may be integrated into melanoma risk models. We also aim to uncover the molecular mechanisms that influence the earliest stages of melanoma development.

Specific Position Duties with Percentages of Time

100% of time commitment for one renewable year contingent on performance.

This research position will be supported by a T32 NIAMS-funded training grant in immunodermatology and therefore a proposal and an annual progress report are required to be prepared and submitted to the NIH by the trainee.


For papers published in peer-reviewed journals, please review link below:

Required Skills:

Experience in human genetics is required.

Experience with bioinformatic analysis is preferred.

Solid background in melanoma biology and genetics is desired

The position will require recruitment of human subjects, survey data collection, biometric data collection, data management, basic molecular techniques and bench skills for handling and processing biological specimens.

Specific duties include:

  • Recruitment of human subjects
  • Survey and biometric data collection
  • Processing of research specimens
  • Bioinformatic analysis of DNA sequencing data
  • Basic biostatistical analysis of human biometric and genetic data
  • Planning experimental design and analysis
  • Presentations at laboratory meetings or at national/international conferences
  • Supervise and teach students


Minimum Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD in one of these fields of study: Human Genetics, Epidemiology, Bioimformatics, Cancer Biology, or other related discipline
  • Computer software, equipment operation, or research technical skills
  • Prior successful working experience in a molecular biology lab.
  • Excellent communication skills using the English language.
  • The ability to work independently and in a team setting within the research lab.
  • Ability to handle and process detail-oriented documentation and meet designated research deadlines.
  • Must be team-oriented, flexible, and able to communicate and possess the ability to work independently and efficiently.

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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Special Instructions to Applicants:Reviewing applicants until position is filled

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 09986

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 - 20143 - SOM-Dermatology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 11, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Neil Box

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00008102


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