Post-Doctoral Fellow

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University of Colorado Denver

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Neurology

Job Code: 1438

Position Number: 00780036

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 Department of Neurology has an opening for a motivated, full-time postdoctoral fellow to lead projects investigating how alphaherpesvirus genes are regulated and how these products can initiate a sustained proinflammatory environment. The postdoctoral fellow will work independently under the supervision of the principal investigator (PI) to assist in the design, performance, and analysis of experiments, as well as preparation of manuscripts and grants. We are seeking an individual who is collaborative, communicative, detail-oriented, organized, proactive, able to think critically, focused on quality, dedicated to personal growth, and highly motivated in all areas of study coordination.


The position is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus.  Hours are usually 8:00 to 5:00 weekdays, but occasionally longer hours are required. We are the premier research university in Colorado, serving more than 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and health professions students in Denver, Aurora and online and awarding nearly 4,000 degrees each year.  The renowned researchers and award-winning faculty offer more than 100-degree programs through 13 colleges and schools. In 2008, the University was awarded more than $371 million in research grants and contracts. The Anschutz Medical Campus includes over 5 million square feet of research, educational and clinical space on 227 acres.


Examples of Work Performed

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Design experiments to determine the pathways initiated by varicella zoster virus (VZV) and herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection that initiate and maintain a proinflammatory response in both infected and bystander cells.
  • Design experiments to determine the epigenetic regulation of VZV gene transcription as the virus transitions from latent to lytic infection during reactivation.
  • Analyze NG-sequencing data obtained by ATAC, ChIP and RNA-seq libraries at the bulk and single cell level.
  • Assist with maintaining standard cell cultures along with culturing neuronal and biopsy tissue.
    Working, communicating, and collaborating with various colleagues (e.g., principal investigator, research staff, finance and billing professionals, and regulatory team).
Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position has been established at $52,704 – $64,008.

Please note, salary will be determined in accordance  with NIH stipend qualifications.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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 checks for all new employees prior to their employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

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.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Virology, Immunology, Cell Biology, Neuroscience or associated field.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to analyze cellular pathways as they apply to inflammation
  • Current understanding of transcriptional control
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work independently and within diverse team structures.
  • A positive, motivated, engaged, and caring attitude
  • Great attention to detail and quality
  • Ability to follow all department SOPs and department policies
  • Good documentation practices
  • Dedication to professional development and life-long learning
  • Ability to be adaptable, flexible, and to think on your feet
  • Interest in developing in vitro tissue culture models. 
  • Ability to analyze NG-sequencing data both through established program packages and self-generated programs.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jan 26, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 12/30/2020
Application Due: 6/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time