Post-Doctoral Fellow



Center for Health AI

Postdoctoral Fellow

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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.

Translational and Integrative Sciences Laboratory (TISLab)

Directed by Dr. Melissa Haendel, the Translational and Integrative Sciences Laboratory (TISLab) is part of the Center for Health Artificial Intelligence (CHAI) and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. We are an interdisciplinary program that provides expert advice and development on data standards and ontologies, data integration technologies, and semantic bioinformatics methods. An ontology is a formal representation about a set of concepts and relationships between those concepts within a given domain. TISLab serves the CU-Anschutz and global research communities in support of their data management and analysis needs, and performs pivotal roles in coordinating community development of metadata and ontology standards for biomedical data integration, interrogation, and dissemination.

Nature of Work:

The TISLab seeks a full-time (1.0 FTE) Postdoctoral Fellow to carry out research in the area of biomedical data science. The new postdoc will join a highly interactive, supportive, and interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and students and enjoy access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The postdoc will have the opportunity to apply their veterinary knowledge and be trained in development a Breed Ontology to provide a formal classification of breeds for use in structured annotations and downstream computational analysis and perform data ingest of veterinary genotype and phenotype data into the Monarch Initiative platform ( in collaboration with Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals  OMIA ( Additionally, they will work with veterinary electronic health record (EHR) resources at Colorado State University to conform them to OMOP Common Data Model standards.

Postdocs are expected to contribute to the lab's culture of creativity, integrity, courage, and openness. We expect all postdocs to share their own methodological advances and biological discoveries at both national and international venues. The TISLab Lab encourages compassionate postdocs with diverse backgrounds and career aspirations to apply.

The candidate would be expected to contribute to a diverse portfolio of research undertaken by faculty in the Center for Health AI, including the labs of Professors Haendel, Greene, and Hunter. Other duties include contributing to publications, submission of grants and funding applications, and potential commercialization opportunities, as well as partnerships and collaborations with the community-wide efforts aimed at promoting open, integrated, and rigorous practices in research and scholarly communication. This position may be eligible for remote or remote/office flex work.

Professional Field:

Veterinary Sciences and Bioinformatics

Supervision Received:

The Postdoctoral Fellow will report to the Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Melissa Haendel, PhD and will be co-mentored by Nicole Vasilevsky, PhD and Tim Putman, PhD.

The PI will mentor, provide research direction, and train the Postdoctoral Fellow in effective management and scientific approaches. The PI aims to provide personalized mentorship and opportunities to fulfill the specific career goals as mutually established.

Examples of Work Performed:

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

    Performing ontology development for a Breed Ontology in a collaborative environment under the guiding principles of the OBO Foundry ( Performing data ingest of veterinary genotype and phenotype data into the Monarch Initiative platform ( in collaboration with Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals OMIA ( the OMOP common data model to veterinary Electronic Health Records (EHR) for data exchange and analysisAssisting in research grant applicationsAnalyzing and interpreting research resultsMaintaining effective communication with the investigator and other team membersKeeping an organized record of research experiments and results on GitHubAssisting in the training and mentoring of students and techniciansPreparing manuscripts for publication in scientific journals
Participating in lab meetings and attending scientific seminars and conferences


Salary and Benefits:

The salary for this position has been established at $70,000.

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:

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.


When applying, applicants must include:

    A letter of application that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  1. A current Resume/CV
  2. A one to two-page description of research interests noting the alignment of these interests with the TISLab’s research program.
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document

Minimum Required Qualifications

    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a DVM or PhD in a relevant scientific discipline such biology, animal sciences, zoology, or closely related fieldIntroductory-level computational and/or computer programming skills, such as experience with data curation or management via spreadsheets, databases, or similar.
Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

    A deep interest in and excitement about working with veterinary and biological dataInterest and knowledge of canine genetics and veterinary records standardsDemonstrated experience using software/querying languages such as Python, SQL, or R for clinical data extraction, transformation, or other analytics usesA track record of productivity and a commitment to your craftContributions to research or practice-based collaborations
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    Ability to work independently and effectively with others as part of a multidisciplinary scientific teamStrong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills (especially via teleconferencing venues).  Demonstrated ability to work productively in teams.Motivated and excited to learn. A successful candidate should be able to adapt to new environments, approaches, tools and, when necessary, be able to extend approaches for a new purpose or, if necessary, develop an entirely new approach to solve a problem.Self-directed:  A successful candidate needs to be able to set their own schedule and goals but, at the same time, is willing and able to ask for guidance and assistance when uncertainty and blockers arise.Communicative: Able to communicate effectively with geographically-distributed collaborators. This includes email and slack, but also importantly code and dependency documentation.Collaborative: Contributions to open source software development and informatics projects within the Center and with members from diverse organizations from around the world. Dedicated to diversity: Participation in activities within the laboratory, department, the university, and the broader scientific community that promote the success and welfare for all people.  Committed to quality: This position will require a focus on documentation and quality assurance.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Dec 15, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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