Post-Doctoral Fellow (Berger Fellow)

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics – Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and NeglectPostdoctoral Fellow (Berger Fellow)Position # 757591 - CU Careers Requisition # 15463    

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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 public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

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.

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 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.

Nature of Work

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, within the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, announces the availability of a Berger Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Child Abuse and Neglect.

This is a full-time (1.0FTE), 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship designed to support the development of a Fellow who wishes to become an independent investigator in the field of child maltreatment and child welfare.

Current research projects at the Kempe Center focus on children who have experienced child maltreatment and/or other types of child trauma as well as youth-serving systems including child welfare, community mental health, and policy development. The recent projects, funded by both federal and local grants, have tested interventions in randomized controlled trials, conducted developmental risk research, evaluated effective strategies for community-based implementation of evidence-based mental health practices, and studied the impact of major child welfare policies on the health, mental health, and development of youth.

Areas of Responsibility / Scope of Research

Specific duties will vary depending on Fellow's interests and skill set but will include activities such as participating in grant writing, data management and analysis, grant activities, community training, and program development activities. There may also be opportunities to collaborate with several multidisciplinary, multi-university research groups. In addition, the Fellow will have multiple opportunities to publish and to obtain external funding sources.

Examples of Work Performed

Specific duties will vary depending on Fellow's interests and skill set but will include activities such as:

  • Participate in grant writing
  • Data management and analysis
  • Grant based activities
  • Community training and program development activities
  • Collaborate with several multidisciplinary, multi-university research groups
  • Publish and obtain external funding sources

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates may be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with NIH post-doctoral funding guidelines. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

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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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.


Minimum Requirements: 

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD and/or MD in one of these fields of study: psychology, public health, epidemiology, medicine, demography, social work, or other related field
  • Prior research experience in area(s) of child/adolescent development, mental health research, intervention development, epidemiology, health or social service policy, implementation/dissemination research, or related fields 
  • Prior experience collaborating with different types of child and family-serving service systems (e.g., mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice)
  • Prior experience with computer software including Microsoft Office products, reference products (e.g., EndNote) and one or more statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS)

Conditions of Employment

  • Must successfully pass a 10-panel drug test through Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal and sex-offender background check
  • Employment must begin no later than July 1st due to donor funding


  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • Ability to work independently within a research setting
  • Ability to effectively collect data and complete analyses
  • Strong research skills and reasoning ability
  • Ability to manage time effectively while concurrently working on multiple projects
  • Ability to publish and obtain research funding

Desired/Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience specifically in the area of child maltreatment research
  • Prior clinical practice within area of child maltreatment
  • Prior publication experience
  • Prior experience obtaining external funding for research

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jan 10, 2019
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 2/9/2019
Application Due: 4/10/2019
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