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Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus


HIRING UNIT: BDC Research  - 21785





FUNDING: ST: 63024960


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Overall Description of Responsibility or Nature of Work

The Benninger lab has a postdoctoral research fellow position available in the field of cell biophysics, microscopy and diabetes research, within the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The candidate will develop research projects related to the role of cellular heterogeneity and intercellular communication in regulating the dynamics of hormone release from the islets of Langerhans and its dysfunction in diabetes. The candidate will design and conduct experiments, analyze data, mentor junior scientists, interact with collaborators and prepare manuscripts, posters and talks.

Areas of Responsibility / Scope of Research

The Benninger lab is a multidisciplinary team of scientists who broadly investigates the cellular mechanisms underlying the regulation of hormone secretion in the islets of Langerhans, how dysregulation to these mechanisms causes diabetes, and how these mechanisms can be targeted to develop new treatments for individuals with diabetes. A main focus is to take a multidisciplinary approach to understand how the islet functions as an integrated unit, which includes how heterogeneous insulin-secreting β-cells and other endocrine cells within the islet interact via electrical synapses and paracrine factors, as well as how they integrate with the surrounding vasculature and autonomic nervous system. The lab is highly collaborative, working with other research groups across the Anschutz Medical Campus, at the at Boulder campus and with other institutions. 

The ideal candidate will develop projects related to understanding the molecular basis of pacemaker-like cell populations in the islet; understanding the maintenance and temporal evolution of cell sub-populations; or understanding the mechanism governing electrical synapse plasticity within the islet. This will involve live cell imaging, molecular biology, gene transcription analysis and developing/utilizing a novel human pancreas slice platform. The candidate will also have resources and mentoring to develop their own research interests and to develop new research skills. They must be highly motivated and willing to learn new techniques and approaches, and able to work independently and in an interdisciplinary team of biological scientists, engineers and clinicians.

Further details of the Benninger lab can be found at For more specific questions about research projects, the nature of the position and duties, or any other enquiries or interest please contact Dr Richard Benninger: [email protected]

Salary & Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $53,760-$65,292. Salary will be based on the current NIH postdoctoral pay scale guidelines, as of 1st October 2021,and is  based upon skills and experience. See

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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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.


Minimum Qualifications:

    Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biological or physical sciences, engineering or related field.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

    Prior experience with techniques including live-cell imaging and advanced microscopy; RNA sequencing and analysis, molecular biology; cell and tissue culture including human tissue; working with animal models.Experience studying excitable systems, pancreas physiology or diabetes.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Dec 17, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing
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