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Research Instructor

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics

Research Instructor

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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.

The Department of Orthopedics has an opening for a full time Research Instructor.  The position will include two sets of responsibilities with a 50:50 split:  1) Manager of Imaging and Mechanical Testing Core, with oversight of various imaging and mechanical test instrumentation, and 2) Scientific Contributor to research directions in the Adams laboratory with focus on exploring the genetic basis of bone quality.

Professional Field

Skeletal Biology, Orthopedics, and Engineering

Supervision Received

Douglas Adams, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedics

Examples of Work Performed

  • Management of infrastructure in imaging and mechanical testing, which includes a Scanco µCT50, Faxitron Ultrafocus DXA, and mechanical testing instrumentation.
  • Manage use of instrumentation and computational support of imaging.
  • Training of staff who access imaging and mechanical test instrumentation and computers.
  • General lab management responsibilities, including ordering, budgeting, record keeping and development of detail around costs for utilization of infrastructure.
  • Design and execution of projects supported by extramural grants in the Adams lab.
  • Salary and Benefits:

    The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $68,000 - $77,000.

    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.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience in experimental use of animal models.
  • Understanding of skeletal system anatomy and biology.
  • Experience imaging and performing mechanical testing of skeletal tissues.
  • Communication skills, both in writing and verbal communication
  • Interpersonal skills in dealing with a broad cross-section of individuals from various backgrounds and levels of training.
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong organizational and record keeping skills.
  • Professional comportment in the training and oversight of users of instrumentation.
  • Positive attitude with the desire to advance research.
  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering or related field
  • Two or more years of experience in the imaging sciences and mechanical testing approaches to study musculoskeletal tissues.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of postdoctoral experience.
  • Experience with imaging and mechanical test instrumentation and procedures
  • Experience with numerical methods and computational image analysis
  • Track record of publications studying skeletal structural and mechanical properties.
  • Experience working with rodent, rabbit, and human skeletal tissues.

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