Post-Doctoral Fellow

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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Neurosurgery

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Position Number: 749107 - Requisition Number 14123

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

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.

A funded postdoctoral position is immediately available in the BIOElectrics Laboratory of Dr. Cristin Welle. The BIOElectrics lab, a translational neuroscience research group which investigates neuroelectronic interfaces. This project focuses on the effect of peripheral neuromodulation on motor learning, cortical plasticity and rehabilitation. Our approach combines chronic VNS with optogenetics, in vivo two-photon imaging, electrophysiology and skilled motor tasks in the mouse model system. We are seeking creative neuroscientist or neural engineer with a background in motor control, systems neuroscience or related fields. Prior experience with animal models, survival surgery, programming, designing and implementing closed-loop systems and in vivo imaging are desired. This project is funded through the DARPA Targeted Neuroplasticity Training Program.

The BIOElectrics lab spans clinical and engineering departments, and is an active part of the Neuroscience Program. As such, the research project includes both basic and translational neuroscience work. We are a creative, collaborative lab with a focus on support and career development. This position has a competitive starting salary and great mountain views at the new Anschutz Medical Center in Denver.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for measuring cortical structural and functional dynamics using multiphoton in vivo imaging in response to closed-loop optogenetic or electrical stimulation in behaving animals. This includes designing and conducting experiments, data analysis, manuscript preparation, conference presentations and applying for fellowships/grants.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD/MD in one of these fields of Neuroscience, Neural Engineering, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience in electrophysiology, in vivo imaging, optogenetics or programming in Matlab/Python.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with animal models, survival surgery, programming, designing and implementing closed-loop systems and/or in vivo imaging
  • Background in motor control systems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and with a team
  • Demonstrated proficiency with programming and/or closed-loop system design


Minimum of 2 years with advancement to the second year dependent upon satisfactory progress during the first year. The appointment may be extended beyond 2 years contingent on funding and satisfactory performance.

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.

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. 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.

Special Instructions to Applicants:REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2). A current resume/CV. 3). List of 5 professional references.

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

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

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20335 - SOM-Neurosurgery

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 11, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Cristin Welle

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00749107





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Posted: 11/9/2018
Application Due: 12/7/2018
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