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Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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Physiology & Biophysics, School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Fellow

Position Number: 00785700

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.

Nature of Work:

The Proenza and Bankston laboratories in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus seek creative, independent, and motivated postdoctoral scientists for NIH-funded projects to study HCN ion channel biophysics and the physiology of cardiac pacemaking.

Exciting high-impact studies await first authors! Projects in the lab follow from our recent identification of two novel HCN4 channel interacting proteins (Peters et al., 2020, PNAS). A few of the questions to be answered include: What domains on the channels and the proteins determine the interactions? What is the affinity? What are the mechanisms of action? How do the two homologous interacting proteins exert opposing effects on the channels? What determines their specificity for the HCN4 isoform? Do the proteins co-localize with HCN4 in cardiac pacemaker cells? What effects do they have on heart rate regulation? Is the decline in maximum heart rate with age caused by downregulation of these proteins?

Techniques include patch clamp electrophysiology, quantitative biochemistry, proteomics, structural biology, confocal microscopy, and mathematical modeling. Training is available and all resources are in place for rapid progress.

Supervision Received:

The position will be directly supervised by Dr. Cathy Proenza, but will also receive supervision from Dr. John Bankston.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Contribute to experimental design
  • Acquire and analyze data
  • Troubleshoot protocols and equipment and develop new techniques as required
  • Prepare figures and write manuscripts for publication in top journals
  • Apply for postdoctoral fellowships
  • Present work at national and international meetings
  • Contribute to collaborative projects in the labs
Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $53,760-$56,712

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 (or hiring 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:

Please contact [email protected] for information on disability accommodations

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.

Minimum Requirements:

    PhD in physiology, biophysics, or related fieldExpertise and first author publications in at least one of the following areas: patch clamp electrophysiology, biochemistry, structural biology, or proteomicsKnowledge of basic principles of ion channel biophysics

    Self-motivated, creative problem solver Strong work ethic and highest ethical standardsExcellent oral and written communication skillsAbility to work both independently and as a member of a collaborative team
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jul 12, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing
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