Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics




RESEARCH AREA: Mechanism and modulation of pre-mRNA Splicing

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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.

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Zhao Laboratory

The laboratory of Dr. Rui Zhao is seeking a motivated, independent, creative post-doctoral researcher to join our laboratory at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Our lab is interested in understanding the molecular mechanism of pre-mRNA splicing and its role in disease processes, including cancer, as well as developing potential therapeutic approaches targeting splicing in these processes. We use a combination of structural (cryoEM and crystallography), biochemical, genetic, molecular biology, and cell biology approaches.

Candidates will be expected to plan and execute independent work, write and submit fellowship applications, assist in the writing and publication of experimental results, and contribute positively towards the atmosphere and culture of the lab.

Specific Position Duties with Percentages of Time


The postdoc candidate will study the mechanism of splicing using biochemistry, structural biology, and molecular biology approaes or the role of a splicing factor in Myc-driven cancer and drug discovery targeting the splicing factor.


The candidate will also assist in the preparation of manuscripts to publish their work, the preparation of grant applications, both internal and external, and the preparation of scientific data for presentation at various meetings and conferences.  The candidate will also mentor junior scientists in the lab in their scientific development.

Salary Range and Benefits

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

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.

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The successful candidate is expected to be highly motivated, have ample scientific curiosity, have strong interpersonal skills, and be able to contribute in a positive manner to the collegial atmosphere of the laboratory and the department. The candidate will be expected to plan and execute independent research, mentor more junior lab members, and apply for fellowship funding.

Minimum requirements:

  • PhD in biology-related field
  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilties:

  • Strong record of productivity as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications in internationally recognized English language journals
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Experience in molecular biology, cell culture, and biochemical techniques
  • Experience in structural biology is a plus but not required

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Aug 20, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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