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Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado DenverPostdoctoral FellowDepartment of NeurologyJob Code: 1438Position Number: 00792741


The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date.  Information regarding this requirement and exemptions can be found at:



Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

    Anschutz Campus – Exemptions are allowed for medical or religious reasons.Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Will follow Anschutz policy on exemptions.
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


Nature of Work

The Department of Neurology has an opening for a full-time Post-Doc to work in the laboratory of Kenneth Tyler, M.D. (Department Chair). The lab is funded by grants from the National Institute of Health and the Veteran’s Administration and investigates viral infections of the Central Nervous System. Current projects in the lab involve identifying mechanisms of virus-induced cell death, host immune responses, and the evaluation of potential treatments for West Nile Virus and Enterovirus D-68 infections. We are seeking an individual who is collaborative, communicative, detail-oriented, organized, proactive, able to think critically, focused on quality, dedicated to personal growth, and highly motivated.

The position is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus.  Hours are usually 8:00 to 5:00 weekdays, but occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.  We are the premier research university in Colorado, serving more than 30,000 undergraduate, graduate and health professions students in Denver, Aurora and online and awarding nearly 4,000 degrees each year.  The renowned researchers and award-winning faculty offer more than 100-degree programs through 13 colleges and schools. In 2008, the University was awarded more than $371 million in research grants and contracts. The Anschutz Medical Campus includes over 5 million square feet of research, educational and clinical space on 227 acres.

Examples of Work Performed

    Coordinate the design, performance, and analysis of experiments independently and in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI)Typical experiments will involve the maintenance of tissue culture cells, virus propagation, construction and expression of recombinant plasmid clones, gel electrophoresis, Western Blots, RTPCR, ELISAs, and immunofluorescence microscopy.  A large amount of mouse work is required, and typical experiments include injections, monitoring disease progression, and harvesting tissues from neonatal and adult mice.The candidate is encouraged to obtain independent funding in the form of local and institutional grantsThe candidate is expected to work independently under the supervisor of the PI but will also engage, communicate, and collaborate with various colleagues (e.g., principal investigator, neurology research staff, finance and billing professionals, and regulatory team) and is responsible for providing a high level of professionalism to both internal and external constituents that will maintain the positive image of the department and UniversityManaging accurate and timely documentation of all research activities and correspondences with collaborators (e.g., chain of custody lab samples, progress reports) that adhere to department, University and federal policies and protocols. The candidate may be responsible for the supervision of more junior members of the laboratory.
This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work independently and within diverse team structures.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • A positive, motivated, and engaged attitude
  • Great attention to detail and quality
  • Ability to follow direction of the PI and direct supervisor, follow all department SOPs and department policies
  • Good documentation practices
  • Dedication to professional development and life-long learning
  • Ability to be adaptable, flexible, and to think on your feet
    Salary and Benefits:

    The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at:

    • Postdoc 0 - $25,836
    • Postdoc 1 - $54,144
    • Postdoc 2 - $54,540
    • Postdoc 3 - $56,712
    • Postdoc 4 - $58,608
    • Postdoc 5 - $60,780
    • Postdoc 6 - $63,036
    • Postdoc 7 - $65,292
    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.

    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 checks for all new employees prior to their employment.

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

    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.



    Minimum Requirements:

    • PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry or equivalent discipline
    • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • Experience in molecular biology or tissue culture techniques
    *Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Preferred Qualifications: (but not required)

    • Experience in molecular biology and tissue culture techniques
    • Experience in small animal handling
    • Experience in primary cell cultures, adherent and suspension

    Job Category: Faculty
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Jan 13, 2022
    Unposting Date: Ongoing
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