Post-Doctoral Fellow

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University of Colorado

Anschutz Medical Campus

Colorado School of Public Health

Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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 Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center of the Colorado School of Public Health has an opening for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Post-doctoral Research Fellow position. An outstanding candidate is sought for the development and implementation of a postdoctoral project, and preparation and publication of research study papers. The fellow will also be responsible for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students as those opportunities arise.


Postdoctoral Research Project: The fellow would join a team of epidemiologists, statisticians and exposure scientists conducting research on the role of environmental exposures (broadly defined) in early life on child health and development, with a specific focus on the origins of obesity and metabolic disease. The primary data resource supporting these investigations is the Healthy Start study, an ongoing cohort study that enrolled women during pregnancy, and continues to follow their school-age children to ascertain health outcomes.

Prenatal and early postnatal exposures of interest include traffic-related air pollution, persistent and non-persistent environmental chemical exposures, as well as lifestyle and nutritional factors. A molecular epidemiology approach is encouraged, using biological samples to measure clinical and mechanistic intermediates including cardio-metabolic, inflammatory, metabolomic and epigenetic markers. Outcomes of interest include infant and child body weight, adiposity, growth trajectories, glucose/insulin, lipid profiles, cardiovascular function, liver fat content, as well as positive health indicators. The overall goal of this research is to improve child health by identifying modifiable factors in the early life environment that are linked to adverse health outcomes.

The Healthy Start cohort is part of the NIH Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program ( and within this national consortium, investigators may propose multi-cohort analyses for research questions that require larger sample sizes, geographic diversity, or unique populations/samples.

Manuscript Preparation, Analysis, and Publication:

The fellow is expected to focus his or her efforts on a well-defined research project. The fellow will be responsible for manuscript preparation, analysis, and publication of data generated from the postdoctoral research project. In addition to these papers, the trainee will assist Drs. Dana Dabelea, Anne Starling, Wei Perng and collaborators with literature review, statistical analysis, and manuscript development of additional papers.

Grant Writing:

The fellow will assist the Director in developing new grant ideas and applications for internal and external grants involving cohorts within the LEAD Center.

Other Responsibilities:

The fellow will assist with general statistical needs of the LEAD Director and study collaborators including consulting on appropriate analytical strategies, implementation of analyses in trainee's choice of statistical packages, interpretation of results, and assisting with writing analysis and results sections of grants and manuscripts. Mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students may be incorporated into the trainee's responsibilities as those opportunities become available.


This position reports directly to Anne Starling, PhD and will receive additional mentoring by Dana Dabelea, MD, PhD and Wei Perng, PhD.


The fellow will be responsible for supervision of undergraduate and graduate students who work directly with him or her on projects within the LEAD Center.


  • Coding and analytical proficiency in SAS, R, or STATA
  • Knowledge of lifecourse epidemiology
  • Knowledge of health effects of environmental exposures
  • Knowledge of metabolic diseases including obesity and diabetes
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

Salary and Benefits:

The starting salary for this position has been established at $48,500. Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. This salary meets the NIH FY19 guidelines for a post-doctoral fellow with 0 years of 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.



  • PhD in a health sciences or public health field
  • Proficiency in statistical analyses using SAS, R, or STATA


  • PhD in Epidemiology
  • Experience with human subjects research

Special Instructions to Applicants:Questions should be directed to Anne Starling at [email protected] Review of applications will begin immediately and continue 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: 14964

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 - 21652 - CSPH-LEAD

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 17, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Anne Starling

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00755728





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Posted: 12/17/2018
Application Due: 2/11/2019
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