Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Immunology and Microbiology

Postdoctoral Fellow

Position #00796628 – Requisition #25868


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The University of Colorado 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 Immunology and Microbiology has an opening for a full-time Posdoctoral Fellow position. 

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Job Summary:

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow. This full-time, Postdoctoral Fellow position in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology will report to Dr. Alexander Horswill and will be physically located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Department of Immunology and Microbiology. 

This Postdoctoral Fellow will design, organize and conduct specialized and advanced experiments in the field of biological sciences, using either currently established scientific protocols or by developing new procedures necessary to achieve the research goals. The position also involves summarizing experimental findings and publishing these results in research journals. The position requires a general responsibility for scientific operations of the laboratory and providing supervision and guidance to laboratory technicians, students, and other researchers

Examples of Work Performed:

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

    Understand the biology of the antibiotic resistant bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and explore through research development new ways to prevent infections caused by these bacteriaDevelop and implement microbial genetic tools to characterize new antibacterial or antivirulence targets against Staphylococcus aureusDevelop and implement mouse skin infection models for testing the mechanisms of Staphylococcus aureus virulence factorsDesign next generation DNA sequencing experiments including bacterial genome sequencing, bacterial transcriptional analyses and skin microbiome analyses and implement the computational tools required to analyze these DNA sequencing data. Design experiments, write scientific papers describing the experimental results and review external manuscripts for scientific journals with Dr. Alexander Horswill Mentor and train graduate students, laboratory technicians and other researchers.Represent the lab at scientific meetings, symposiums and conferences within and outside the institution.Establish and maintain inter- and intra-university collaborations.
Supervision Recieved:

The Postdoctoral Fellow reports to the Professor, Dr. Alexander Horswill

Supervision Exercised:

The Postdoctoral Fellow will not supervise other employees. The postdoctoral fellow will mentor and train graduate students, laboratory technicians and other researchers.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary has been established at $56,712.

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:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

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, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, 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.




Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Education: Ph.D. in a basic, health sciences or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

A doctoral degree in the field of basic or biomedical sciences.

A minimum of 5 years of research experience in bacterial genetics, physiology, and pathogenesis.

Experience in animal models of infection.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 4, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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