Post-Doctoral Fellow - Developmental Biology (Mosimann Lab)

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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Section of Developmental Biology

Postdoctoral Fellow - Mosimann Lab

Position #760630– Requisition #16182


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The University of Colorado 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 Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental Biology, has an opening for a full time Postdoctoral Fellow. 

The Mosimann lab investigates the molecular mechanisms of cell fate determination in development and disease. The lab uses zebrafish as principal model to study the formation of cardiovascular and related cell fates with transgenics, genome editing approaches, discovery of gene-regulatory elements, and live imaging.


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Job Summary:

This full-time (1.0FTE) position for a junior level PhD post-doctoral researcher, will provide a mechanism for the hired individual to develop into a successful independent researcher in the fields of developmental biology/genetics. The research focus of the laboratory is to discover knowledge related to formation of mesodermal cell fates, with a particular emphasis on transcriptional regulation of cardiovascular lineage control. The proposed training will be conducted at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Examples of Work Performed:

Approximately 80% of the position: Perform primary research

  • Participate in the initiation of the research projects
  • Carry out projects independently

  • Develop research protocols

  • Perform experiments as related to research project
  • Trouble-shoot and problem-solve as related to the research project
  • Record results of experiments: tabulate research data and maintain a detailed, easily understandable laboratory notebook
  • Interpret experimental results
  • Collaborate with PI and others in the lab
  • Conduct literature searches
  • Train laboratory personnel in experimentation techniques
  • Prepare tissues, cells, etc. for testing
  • Measure and monitor gene expression (in zebrafish)
  • Animal care related to research procedures
  • Perform recombinant DNA work
  • Conduct biochemical and genetic experiments analyzing gene expression
  • Modify, test, verify and analyze research data
  • Prepare samples for analysis by various instrumentation
  • Develop and maintain research databases
  • Apply bioinformatics tools to analyze genomic (ChIP-seq, RNA-seq) data
  • Other related duties as assigned by PI
  • Approximately 15% of position:  Communicate research results

    • Present results at lab meetings
    • Present results at project meetings such as research in progress
    • Present results at (inter)national meetings
    • Write and publish manuscripts describing results
    • Prepare grant applications, as necessary

    Approximately 5% of the position: General Administrative and Research Compliance

    • Perform all research compliance activities required by the University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus
    • Perform general administrative duties as requested within lab

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


    Salary and Benefits:

    The hiring salary for this position is $50,004 per NIH guidelines.


    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.


    The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus 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.

    QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:

    • PhD in life sciences such as genetics, anatomy, biology, biochemistry, or related field

    • Prior experience with zebrafish 

    • Prior experience with transgenesis, CRISPR or related genome editing method

    • Prior experience with in situ hybridizations, immunostaining or similardetection methods 

    Conditions ofEmployment:

    Must be willing and able to successfully pass a national criminalbackground check

    • Prior experience with live imaging and microscopy
    • Prior experience preparing grant applications
    • Prior experience presenting research results to both large and smallaudience
    • Ability to complete basic sciencetechniques such as pipetting, lab notebook upkeep, weighing and measuring, andpreparing buffers and solvents
    • Ability to effectively operate common lab equipment 
    • Ability to effectively collect data and complete analyses 
    • Ability to work independently within a research lab 
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 
    • Strong technical research skills and reasoning ability 
    • Strong planning and organizational skills 
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
    • Ability to manage time effectively while concurrently working on multipleprojects

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Apr 25, 2019
    Unposting Date: Ongoing




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    Posted: 4/27/2019
    Application Due: 6/26/2019
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