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Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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Department of Ophthalmology

Postdoctoral Fellow

Position Number:  00786028

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 Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, seeks a full-time (1.O FTE) Postdoctoral Fellow to carry out research in the area of retinal biology and stem cell technologies. The successful candidate will join the Retinal Development and Translational Technologies laboratory directed by Dr. Natalia Vergara. The laboratory is part of CellSight, the Ocular Stem Cell and Regeneration Program in the Department of Ophthalmology, which encompases a cross-disciplinary team of investigators working in a highly collaborative environment with the common goal of developing novel treatments for ocular diseases.

The postdoctoral fellow will lead specific research projects involving the development of innovative paradigms for the evaluation of potential therapeutic agents for retinal degenerative diseases. Research will include the development and validation of disease models using stem cell-derived retinal organoids, the study of disease mechanisms, and the development of quantitative efficacy assessment strategies for use in the validation of drug candidates.

This is an exciting new avenue of research using cutting-edge technologies. We are looking for motivated and independent scientists willing to contribute their expertise and knowledge. There is no direct patient care or contact involved in this position. Main responsibilities include developing and carrying out research projects, publishing and communicating research results, and assisting with the training and mentoring of students and technicians.

Professional Field:

Biomedical Sciences

Supervision Received:

The postdoctoral fellow will report to Dr. Natalia Vergara, PhD. They will receive mentorship, direction and training in carrying out duties and responsibilities by the investigator.

Examples of Work Performed:

The responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Designing and planning research projects.
  • Performing experiments using human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) cultures, retinal organoid tissues, and other electrophysiological, molecular and cell biology techniques as needed.
  • Analyzing and interpreting research results.
  • Maintaining effective communication with the investigator and other team members
  • Keeping an organized record of research experiments and results.
  • Assisting in the training and mentoring of students and technicians.
  • Preparing manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.
  • Participating in lab meetings and attending scientific seminars and conferences.
Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $53,761 to $65,292

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 Required Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD/MD in a relevant science discipline
Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have the following credentials:

  • Previous experience in vision science research
  • Experience with stem cell culture techniques
  • Experience with cell, developmental, and molecular biology techniques
  • Understanding the pathophysiology of retinal degenerative diseases
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and effectively with others as part of a team.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Jul 13, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing
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