Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Post Doctoral Fellow


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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 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has a full time opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Reproductive Sciences (Jansson/Powell group). The postdoctoral fellow will be working in the area of placental origins of disease, studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating placental function and to investigate the role of placental function in determining fetal growth and long-term health. Specifically, the post-doctoral fellow will perform mechanistic studies in human placental experimental models and novel cutting-edge mouse models employing Piggy Bac transposon mediated transgenesis and lentivirus-mediated blastocyst transfection, respectively, to achieve trophoblast-specific gene targeting. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will test the hypothesis that proteins associated with the development of key organ systems adversely affected by preterm birth are secreted by the placenta into the circulation in extremely and very preterm fetuses and administration of a subset of these proteins improves outcomes in a guinea pig model of prematurity.

 The research group employs physiological, molecular and translational approaches. The lab utilizes a wide variety of model systems including primary human trophoblast cells and explants, human placental tissue, mice, rats, and non-human primates.  Current projects include studies of the impact of lipids on placental function, identifying mechanistic links between altered placental function, fetal growth and adult health, placental-fetal signaling in modulating fetal organ development, the role of placental small extracellular vesicles in the development of pregnancy complications and exploring the potential of proteins and miRNA secreted by the placenta as novel interventions in premature neonates. 

 Supervision received:

A principal investigator (Dr. Thomas Jansson) with an established laboratory on the Anschutz Medical Campus will supervise this position. 

 Supervision Exercised: None

 Examples of work performed: The successful applicant will 

  •  Perform experiments using advanced biomedical research techniques and develop new methods/applications.
  • Have the primary responsibility for writing scientific publications. Present the results at national and international scientific meetings.Write and submit grant applications to major funding agenciesProvide instruction to students, research associates and other post-doctoral fellows.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The applicant must have documented training and experience in integrative physiology, molecular/cell biology and/or mouse models. The applicant should be motivated, maintain methodic and careful work practices, have interest in learning new skills and knowledge, have excellent communication skills, be able to have flexible work schedule as required for completion of study goals and enjoy teamwork.  Moreover, the successful applicant is expected to have an ability to work independently, a strong work ethic and a commitment to becoming an independent scientist with excellent skills in scientific writing.

Salary Range:

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.

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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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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.

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 qualifications:

    A minimum of a PhD in relevant scientific area such as Physiology, Molecular Biology and Cell BiologyA working knowledge of computer software for data analysis and presentation.

Preferred requirements: 

    Background in placental and/or perinatal biology.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.  

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Aug 11, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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