Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Universityof Colorado – School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Fellow 

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.

The University of Colorado-Anschutz medical campus is seeking a talented and motivated Post-doctoral fellow in the field of Immunology with an emphasis on immunology and/or molecular biology.  The candidate must have a Ph.D. in immunology, cell biology, molecular biology or a related field.  Experience in Immunology and/or molecular biology is preferred. 


As an important member of the basic science research team, the post-doctoral fellow will work on projects related to dendritic cell trafficking and signaling mechanisms.  This position will be part of the Immunology Program, a collaborative research program at the University of Colorado that integrates basic and clinical science with the goal of determining mechanisms of immunology that relate to infection, autoimmunity, and cancer. This multidisciplinary approach fosters collaboration between key personnel from different departments and divisions of the School of Medicine to provide novel research outcomes.


This position reports directly to Beth Tamburini, PhD and is responsible for developing, executing and analyzing data from research projects aimed at understanding processes of dendritic cell trafficking following infection and the signaling mechanisms involved. This position is an opportunity for a bright, creative and enthusiastic individual to advance their career by performing impactful, cutting-edge biomedical research in an exciting field of study.


There is no direct patient care and no patient contact involved in this position.  There are no supervisory duties associated with this position.

Examples of Work Performed

This position will work independently under the guidance of the principal investigator.  Work will involve designing, planning, and executing experiments to better understand how dendritic cells utilize membrane proteins to regulate trafficking from the skin to the lymph node.  Specific duties include:

  • Utilizing specialized knowledge and sophisticated research techniques examining inflammation-related signaling by intestinal epithelial cells.
  • Design and implement projects relating to the laboratory’s overall research program.
  • Analyze, interpret, and fully document experimental results
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment
  • Prepare data and manuscripts for publication
  • Prepare grant proposals to obtain independent post-doctoral funding
  • Actively participate in and present data at group meetings, journal clubs and conferences
  • Work in conjunction with the PIs and other lab staff to achieve programmatic goals
  • Meet with the project Principal Investigators on a weekly basis for the purpose of progress updates and mentoring
  • Other duties as assigned
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

Salary and Benefits: Salary iscommensurate 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.

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 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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 Office of Equity: TheUniversity of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed torecruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrativestaff. The university 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 ofColorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

QualificationsMinimum Requirements

  • A doctoral level degree (PhD, MD, MD/PhD) in immunology, cell biology, molecular biology, or related field from an accredited institution.
  • At least one first-author publication in an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journal.

Applicants mustmeet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.


Conditions of Employment:

  • Candidate must be willing and able to work with laboratory animals and animal tissues.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate Training in a biomedical laboratory setting, studying immunology, molecular biology, and/or cell biology
  • Experience and knowledge of the immune system and/or lymphatic system is essential
  • Expertise and experience in cellular imaging using immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy and multi-photon microscopy of lymph nodes or other tissues including familiarity with software programs related to data analysis of images (IMARIS, Slidebook, Zen) are desired.  
  • Experience with tissue processing for sectioning, mounting, and staining for imaging, or tissue processing for staining and flow cytometry is desired and will be taught. 
  • Experience or demonstrated familiarity with flow cytometry and flowjo analysis software.  
  • The applicant should be acquainted with animal husbandry procedures and be comfortable handling animals. 
  • Other basic molecular biology techniques such as Western blotting, immunoprecipitation, cloning or other protein experience. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to problem-solve, multi-task, and work independently.
  • Good command of the English language, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member within a research environment.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with computer software, including Microsoft Office.
  • Skilled with the use of aseptic mammalian cell culture techniques.
  • Skilled with common laboratory techniques and equipment consistent with PhD-level graduate training.
  • Ability to commit to an independent scientific career in immunology, or a related field, with a proven high degree of independence and self-motivation to achieve these ends.
  • Ability to interpret and comprehend complex information.
  • Knowledge of basic human anatomy, physiology, medical terminology.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Oct 2, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 10/3/2020
Application Due: 1/1/2021
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