Research Instructor

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DescriptionUniversity of Colorado Anschutz Medical CampusCell and Developmental BiologyResearch InstructorPosition Number: 00768985Requisition Number: 17525


The University of ColoradoDenver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitmentto creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value theability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diversebackgrounds.

Nature of Work

A full-time Instructor position is available in the Departmentof Cell and Developmental Biology at University of Colorado Anschutz MedicalCampus. In this faculty position, the Instructor will have duties in bothresearch and service, and is expected to pursue and achieve excellence inresearch with a good publication record.

The Instructor will work under the supervision of Dr. DiegoRestrepo and conduct innovative research on the understanding of the neuralcircuit underlying odor plume navigation under a grant funded by the NationalScience Foundation. To be able to carry out the projects, the Instructor willneed to have expertise in a combination of methodologies including go-no goolfactory behavior, olfactometry, python and MATLAB programming and neuralmodeling. The percent of time for the Instructor to spend on research should bearound 90% of the total work time.

The Instructor will also have a service responsibility ofinstructing graduate students and co-workers as needed to carry out experimentsand move forward with multiple projects. The percentage of time should bearound 10% for this duty.

Professional FieldNeuroscience Research 

Examples of WorkPerformed

Perform two photon imaging of neuronal activityin the hippocampus and cerebellum of the awake behaving mousePerform animal survival surgery to enable theadeno-associated virus mediated neural circuit imaging, tracing and functionmanipulation.Master the surgery techniques needed to enableglass window and Gradient-Index lens implantation to different brain regionsincluding olfactory bulb, piriform cortex, cerebellum and hippocampus to servedifferent projects.Collect of data from in vivo awake animal2-photon calcium imaging and electrophysiology using software such as Slidebookand Intan.Conduct the data extraction and analysis withcustom-written Matlab packages and commercial software.Instruct graduate students and co-workers to beable to perform animal behavior training and imaging using the 2-photon imagingsetup.  Prepare the manuscript and grant by composingthe texts and figures in a clear logic.Share research findings by publishing scientificarticles and making presentations at scientific conferences.Perform experiments to image and optogeneticallymodify neural activity using theminiature two-photon fiber coupled microscope developed by the CUNeurophotonics engineering team.

Salary andBenefits:

The hiring salary isnegotiable and is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers afull benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, includingeligibility, is located at Employee Services.

University ofColorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe andsecure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist inachieving that goal, we conduct background checks for all new employees priorto their employment.

The ImmigrationReform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility bedocumented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternativeformats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Yourtotal compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University ofColorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributionsthat add to your bottom line.



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 Diversity and Equity

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The Universityof Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting andsupporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. Theuniversity strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect,communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnicminorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Coloradois committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • The candidate should possess the knowledge, skills and abilities including but not restricted to the following:
  • Knowledge of mouse organisms, tissues, cells, functions and interactions with each other.
  • Knowledge of mouse brain anatomy, neuronal signal processing on cellular and synapse level and neural circuit function in mediating behaviors.
  • Knowledge of mouse olfactory system including how the odorants are sensed and olfaction information is processed at olfactory epithelium, olfactory bulb, piriform cortex and other possible downstream brain regions such as hippocampus and cerebellum.
  • Skills in training mouse in head-fixed go/no go behavior task and obtaining stable longitudinal calcium imaging data from specific brain regions.
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the problems and use scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Ability to conduct independent research and analyze data utilizing various methods.
  • Ability to prepare scientific manuscripts and communicate to others effectively.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and organize multiple work assignments.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Skills in performing experiments to image and optogenetically modify neural activity using the miniature two-photon fiber coupled microscope developed by the CU Neurophotonics engineering team.
Minimum Requirements
  • The candidate must have a PhD degree or equivalent in related fields including Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Neuroscience.
  • Experience with awake mouse go-no go behavioral experiments and neuronal modeling is required. 
  • The candidate should also be a highly motivated and collaborative researcher who is capable of moving projects forward efficiently.
  • The candidate must be willing to learn the skills necessary to perform experiments to image and optogenetically modify neural activity using the miniature two-photon fiber coupled microscope developed by the CU Neurophotonics engineering team.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Oct 18, 2019
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 10/20/2019
Application Due: 11/10/2019
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