Post-Doctoral Fellow


University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Fellow


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The University of Colorado Denver 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 Caino lab in the Department of Pharmacology has an opening for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to join our team researching the impact of organelle dynamics in cancer progression. The research project will focus on the role of mitochondria shape, number and subcellular distribution in tumor cell invasion and metastatic dissemination (see Caino et al, PNAS 2015 Jul 14;112(28):8638-43; Caino et al, Nat Commun. 2016 Dec 19;7:13730). The goal of this research is to understand the mechanism by which mitochondria are transported to subcellular localizations, as well as consequences of mitochondrial mislocalization in disease contexts.

Research will involve biochemistry, molecular biology and cellular biology experimental procedures, high-throughput loss-of-function screenings and work with animal models of cancer and metastatic dissemination. For additional information about the laboratory or to see recent publications, visit  Applications will be reviewed immediately and the search will remain open until the positions are filled.  Interested applicants may also send an email to [email protected] for more information.

Postdocs will be expected to plan and execute independent research, write and submit fellowship applications (if applicable), assist in the writing and publication of experimental results, and contribute positively towards the atmosphere and culture of the lab.

The postdoc will utilize tissue culture and cell biology techniques in the research, including cellular survival and proliferation assays, mitochondrial function and dynamics assays, gene knockdown methods (CRISPR, shRNA), and cellular behavior assays (migration and invasion); molecular approaches will include gene expression by quantitative-PCR and protein assays such as Western blots and immunoprecipitation. In addition, the postdoc will use small animal models of prostate and breast cancer. Work with mice (breeding, injection of tumor cells, survival surgery, drug delivery, imaging and necropsy) will be performed.

The postdoc will also play a role in training undergraduate and graduate students and professional research assistants in the laboratory

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at 53,760.00- 54,000 NIH Level 1

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.


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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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Office of Equity: 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.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Recent graduation from PhD or PhD/MD program in Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, Cancer Biology or related fields
  • Peer-reviewed publications in internationally recognized journals
  • Extensive knowledge of molecular biology, immunofluorescence, microscopy, and mammalian cell culture
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Desired or preferred:

  • Proven experience and familiarity with experimental animal models of cancer (mice)
  • Proven ability to work independently within a research lab
  • Experience supervising undergraduate and graduate students
  • 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 direct independent research, mentor more junior lab members, and apply for independent fellowship funding.

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

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