Post-Doctoral Fellow


University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Division of General Internal 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 Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow with a background in epidemiology, mathematics, computer science, engineering, statistics/data science. This position will be with the Barocas Lab, an innovative, interdisciplinary research program that is aimed at studying the intersection of infectious diseases, substance use disorders, and social determinants of health. This research program uses a combination of clinical epidemiology, simulation modeling, machine learning, and health economics to 1) improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations, 2) uncover structural factors that drive health inequities, and 3) inform health policy.

Housed within this lab are several highly innovative programs including 1) The Missing US Project, a project aimed at uncovering hidden populations and hidden risk factors for substance use and HIV and re-defining epidemiologic surveillance systems using a community-engaged approach, 2) The ReDUCE Project, a simulation model aimed to understand cost-effective strategies to reduce infectious complications associated with substance use, and 3) the HEALing Communities Study, a large-scale, multi-state intervention study to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40%. We will work with the fellow to find the projects within the lab that are most tailored to their 1) skillset and 2) long-term career goals. To achieve our goal, we work with a broad range of stakeholders including government organizations, non-profit, and community-based organization.

A person in this position will work alongside the principal investigator and several team members in several states in the analytic aspects of the research. The Barocas Lab aims to develop help the Postdoctoral fellow develop skills not obtained during doctoral studies including making research relevant to clinicians, policymakers, and other decision-makers.  At the end of the Postdoctoral fellowship, the fellow should highly competitive for independent funding.

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyze epidemiologic and administrative data using advanced statistical methodologies including Bayesian synthesis, machine learning, and/or natural language processing
  • Use an established computer simulation model (written in C++) and build out additional modules and features of the model
  • Create natural language processing algorithms
  • Synthesize multiple forms of evidence to estimate parameters for simulation modeling
  • Interpret model results
  • Balance multiple competing priorities and tasks
  • Prepare and coordinate applications to IRBs
  • Write grants and manuscripts, and present at scientific conferences. 
  • Assist with project documentation and reporting
  • Maintain and update project and regulatory files, as necessary
  • Developing standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Collaborating with researchers at other institutions and with government officials
  • Attend multidisciplinary meetings and work groups
  • Salary Range

    $53,760-   $65,292, in alignment with current NIH salary range dependent upon years of postdoctoral experience


    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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    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 PhD degree in an analytic area such as epidemiology, mathematics, computer science, engineering, statistics/data science.

    Records of first author manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • A background in infectious diseases and/or substance use preferred.
    • Knowledge of advanced mathematics
    • Understanding of transmission dynamics
    • Database software expertise (proficient or advanced) including but not limited to R, STATA, SAS, C++, or python
    Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Sep 30, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing

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