Post-Doctoral Fellow

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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER | ANSCHUTZSchool of Medicine/Department of Medicine/Division of Pulmonary Science &Critical Care MedicinePost-Doctoral Fellow/Trainee HIRING UNIT:  MaginLab

POSITION CLASSIFICATION: RESEARCH FACULTY       POSITION NUMBER: 00760595 Nature of WorkThe Bio-inspired Pulmonary Engineering Lab in theDepartments of Medicine and Bioengineering seeks a talented, passionate and industriousexperimentalist to join our team as a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow in theDivision of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine at the Universityof Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus.

 Research in the Bio-inspired Pulmonary Engineering Lab( focuses on developing biomaterial-based cell cultureplatforms that mimic the complex structure, mechanics, and composition of lungtissues and blood vessels. We design and synthesize dynamic biomaterials anduse them to build cell culture systems with biomanufacturing techniques such as3D Bioprinting. These platforms enable us to study the cellular and molecularmechanisms underlying chronic pulmonary diseases, including pulmonary fibrosisand hypertension, and provide a foundation for the development of precisionmedical treatments ( We work in ahighly interdisciplinary and collaborative team that includes basic scientists,engineers and clinicians. Our laboratory pursues high-risk research that willtransform the way we diagnose and treat chronic pulmonary diseases.

 Position Summary:We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic candidate tobuild biomaterial-based platforms that improve the way that we study chronicpulmonary diseases in vitro. The successful applicant is highly motivated,driven and collaborative, and has demonstrated the ability to independentlycomplete research projects. Expertise in biomaterial design, synthesis, andcharacterization as well as familiarity with cell culture and tissueengineering is required. Experience with lung and vascular cell types is ideal,but not essential. This position provides interdisciplinary training in aresearch environment that connects bioengineering research ideas and prototypeswith the medical doctors who implement these tools clinically. The applicantwill begin by working on projects in the laboratory that are currently fundedand then has the opportunity to transition to pursuing grant funding for theirown creative solutions to challenges in pulmonary medicine. This position willprovide in-depth training in technical skills including synthesis of specificbiomaterials, 3D bioprinting, and evaluation of cell-matrix interactions aswell as project management, grant writing, and leadership. Dr. Magin isuniquely positioned with experience and professional networks in both industryand academia to provide the training and connections to support diverse careergoals.

 Specific Duties:The Postdoctoral Fellow will work on projects that lie atthe interface of pulmonary medicine and bioengineering. More specifically, theapplicant will explore biomaterial and biomanufacturing strategies forrecapitulating healthy and disease pulmonary tissues in vitro. This includes,but is not limited to, the design, synthesis, and characterization of novelbiomaterials, the application of biomanufacturing techniques such as 3Dbioprinting, and the evaluation of cellular responses to these microenvironments.Ultimately this work will lead to the identification of novel targets for thetreatment of chronic pulmonary diseases. The applicant will participate in thecompletion of ongoing research projects as well as the initiation of newresearch projects. They will develop research protocols, carry out experiments,collect, analyze and interpret data, and have the responsibility to clearly andeffectively communicate progress and results both within the laboratory andthrough presentations and publications.

 Salary & Benefits: 

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience and basedon current NIH NRSA postdoctoral stipend levels. The University of Coloradooffers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs,including eligibility, is located at

 Diversity and Equity Please click here for information on disabilityaccommodations:     The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campusis committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty andadministrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture ofinclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourageapplications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and allveterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality ineducation and employment.


  • A PhD degree or equivalent doctorate degree from an accredited college or university awarded in a relevant discipline such as Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Training in organic polymer (biomaterial) design, synthesis, and characterization.
  • Experience with cell culture and evaluation of biological outputs.
  • Published work in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively within a research team.
  •  Desired or Preferred Requirements:
  • Expertise in lung and/or vascular specific cell types.
  • Mentorship/leadership experience.
  • Previous experience writing grant applications and obtaining funding.
  •  Special Conditions of Employment:
  • This position may require occasional extended hours and/or time outside normal working hours.

  • Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Mar 28, 2019
    Unposting Date: Ongoing




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    Posted: 3/30/2019
    Application Due: 5/29/2019
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