Post-Doctoral Fellow


University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Dental Medicine

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 Craniofacial Biology has a full time opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory Dr. Cheng Jun Hu. The postdoctoral fellow will be working in the area of pulmonary hypertension, studying the mechanisms involved in pulmonary vascular remodeling and the response of the lung vasculature to hypoxia and other injuries. Specifically, the post-doctoral fellow will perform mechanistic studies in hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension animal models as well as in tissues/cells from PH patients.

This research group works closely with the group of Dr. Kurt Stenamrk, combining the strengths of both the Hu and Stenmark labs by employing physiological, molecular and translational approaches. The labs utilize a wide variety of model systems including primary human pulmonary vascular cells (Fibroblast, smooth muscle cell and endothelial cells) and lung tissues, small animals (mice and rats), and big animal (cow).  Current projects include studies of the alteration of the components (including chromatin structure, expression/activates of epigenetic regulators, and expression/activities of transcription factors) that are critical in controlling gene expression in pulmonary vascular cells from PH animals and patients.

Supervision received:

Dr. Kurt Stenmark is the principal investigator of the project. The post-doctoral fellow will be working with and under the supervision of co-Investigator Dr. Cheng-jun Hu who has a separate established lab on the Anschutz Medical Campus. 

Examples of work performed:

    Perform experiments using advanced biomedical research techniques and develop new methods/applications.Trouble-shoot and problem-solve as related to the research projectRecord results of experiments: tabulate research data and maintain a detailed, easily understandable laboratory notebookInterpret experimental resultsCollaborate with PI and others in the lab as well as other laboratories involved in team scienceConduct literature searchesModify, test, verify and analyze research dataPresent results at lab meetingsPresent results at project meetings such as research in progressPresent results at (inter)national meetingWrite and publish manuscripts describing resultsPrepare grant applications, as necessaryPerform all research compliance activities required by the University of Colorado DenverOther related duties as assigned by PI
Salary Range:The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $53,760 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.

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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:

    PhD degree in life sciences such as Cancer Biology, Immunology, cell biology, molecular biology or related field (PhD must be conferred prior to starting position, but need not be completed at time of application)A working knowledge of molecular biology.
Required Competencies: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The applicant must have documented training and experience in molecular/cell biology and/or animal 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.

Preferred requirements: 

    Experience with transcription factors and chromatin structurePrior experience with analyses of “omics” data.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.  

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Sep 28, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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