Assistant Professor-Research

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Research Assistant Professor

Physiology & Biophysics, School of Medicine

Position Number: 00784419

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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 University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Nature of Work

The Peng Lab in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics seeks up to two Research Assistant Professors, for an NIH-funded research project focusing on the molecular mechanisms of hair cell mechanotransduction that build on recently published work (Caprara et al., 2020, Science Advances; Li et al., 2020, Nature Communications). To see more about research in the lab, please visit The position will primarily entail performing patch clamp electrophysiology with mechanical stimulation and high-speed video recordings (10,000 fps). This position reports directly to Dr. Anthony Peng in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. The applicant will be responsible for designing, performing, and analyzing research experiments. Applicants with experience in neuroscience, neurobiology, ion channel physiology, cell biology, or engineering would be strong candidates. The positions are available now. The department and campus have multiple auditory and vestibular researchers as well as ion channel physiologists in a very collegial environment leading to multiple opportunities of collaboration. Additionally, our lab closely collaborates with Jung-Bum Shin’s lab at UVA which provides complementary expertise in hair cells.

Supervision Received

This position will report to Dr. Anthony Peng.

Examples of Work Performed

  1. Design, perform, and analyze hair cell electrophysiology experiments
  2. Software development to support experiments
  3. Patch clamp electrophysiology with mechanical stimulation and high-speed video recording (if no experience in this area, desire to learn electrophysiology is required)
  4. Equipment maintenance, calibration, and troubleshooting
  • and effectively adapt to a varied and shifting workload.
Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position has been established at $65,000 to $80,000.

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.

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Diversity and Equity:

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Office of Equity:

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.

Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in neuroscience or closely related field, or MD with neuroscience, or closely related, research experience.
  • Experience working with small rodents for research
Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in electrophysiology and high-speed video recording
  • Matlab, python, or other programming experience
  • Documented experience working in the peripheral auditory system and cochlear dissections.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Strong multitasking and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and effectively adapt to a varied and shifting workload.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire. 

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 1, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 6/3/2021
Application Due: 9/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time