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Research Instructor

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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Biomedical Informatics

Research Track Instructor (Open Rank: Instructor / Sr. Instructor)

Position #00799052 – Requisition #26573


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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 Biomedical Informatics has an opening for a full-time Research Track Instructor (Open Rank: Instructor / Sr. Instructor).

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

Nature of Work

The Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM) and the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine invite applications for a research instructor position in the interdisciplinary area of genetic epidemiology, evolutionary and population genetics, and statistical genetics. The new faculty member will join a highly interactive, supportive, and interdisciplinary group of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students and enjoy access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The faculty member will play an important role in advancing the research mission of CCPM , which is led by Dr. Chris Gignoux.

CCPM’s mission is to advance the health of patients, families and communities by integrating patient health records and bioinformatics to deliver tailored treatments for disease. As such,  the new faculty will focus on genetic inference and risk modeling of complex traits, leveraging the CCPM biobank with computational and statistical approaches, for advancement of personalized medicine across diverse populations. CCPM is a collaboration of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, University of Colorado Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado. It is multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted, encompassing research, data analysis, clinical operations and educational components. The Anschutz Campus is home to Colorado’s only Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Each Biobank participant also has linked electronic health record (EHR) data available through an enterprise health data warehouse collecting EHR data from 12 member hospitals and dozens of clinics available for research. In addition, the campus includes a vibrant and entrepreneurial basic research community with multiple areas of excellence and translational impact. There are many opportunities on campus to translate data intensive research advances into improved care.

This search covers areas including population and evolutionary genetics, statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology for complex traits, software and pipeline development and application to large cohorts. We expect our faculty to develop diverse portfolios of research support including grants, potential commercialization opportunities, and partnerships.

Professional Field

Evolutionary, Statistical and Quantitative Genetics

Examples of Work Performed

    Contribute to a research program of national and international importance.Educate, train, and mentor trainees within the Laboratory and more broadly within the department.Teaching as assigned by the department chair, in consultation with the director of the Laboratory, which will be based on the needs of appropriate education programs such as the Computational Biosciences Program.Participate in service activities within the department, the university, and the broader scientific community that contribute to the accomplishment of laboratory, department and university missions and that promote the success and welfare of the broader scientific community.  A sample of participatory activities follow:Keeping abreast of current literature, formulating long-and short-term research goals, designing and performing appropriate experiments to achieve those goals, maintaining compliance with all institutional, state, and federal biomedical research guidelines, rules, and regulations, evaluating data and protocols, preparing and submitting manuscripts based on research conducted within the research program, and preparing and submitting grant applications to appropriate federal or private agencies to secure funding for the research program.  Interacting effectively with other members of departmental faculty and the scientific community to establish fruitful research collaborations. Presenting research in all appropriate venues to increase the awareness of research being performed in the faculty member’s research program to facilitate collaborations and interactions and to increase the visibility of positive research impacts of science within society.
Supervision Received

The Instructor reports to the CCPM director of research, Dr. Chris Gignoux. Additional mentoring and career development are available through membership in CCPM and the Department.

Supervision Exercised

The Instructor may supervise other employees. This individual may be responsible for the daily management, supervision, training and evaluation of personnel (such as graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and professional research assistants) whose positions are funded by research grants on which s/he is the principal investigator. These employee(s) will report directly to the faculty member.

Salary and Benefits:

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

    Instructor: $70,000 -$85,000Sr. Instructor: $85,000 - $110,000
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:

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: this position requires a PhD degree or its equivalent in genetics or related field and postdoctoral training experience in relevance and should otherwise be well qualified to participate in teaching, research or clinical service in the School of Medicine and its programs.A track record of published work in the topics of evolutionary and population genetics, method development, and complex trait studies in human genomicsA track record of scientific method/pipeline/software development and/or simulation frameworksResearch experience in human quantitative genetics, including genetic mappings and simulations, inference of genetic architectures, and risk prediction, in the context of genetically diverse populations or cross-population applications Computational experience working with large scale PHI data using parallel programming in a cloud computing environment, pipeline development and/or maintenanceProficient in R, Python and bash/UNIX environments
Sr. Instructor:

    3+ year postdoctoral training in genetics or related fields and should otherwise be well qualified to participate in teaching, research or clinical service in the School of Medicine and its programs.2+ year record of published work in the topics of evolutionary and population genetics, method development, and complex trait studies in human genomics2+ year record of scientific method/pipeline/software development and/or simulation frameworks1 year of experience working with sensitive data, such as patient health information and electronic health records2+ years: proficient in R, Python and bash/UNIX environments
Preferred Qualifications:

    A track record of productivity in the practice of research as evidenced through the development and dissemination of software, data and knowledgebases, preprints, and/or publications.A track record of outstanding public presentations of research as evidenced through selected or invited talks at academic conferences and publications
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilites:

    Communication skills to convey complex, technical topics clearly to multiple audiences.Ability to work with a diverse and inclusive research team comprising members with complementary skills and levels of experience.Knowledge of quantitative genetics and population genetics in the context of evolution and biomedical outcomesKnowledge and skills in applying relevant statistics and software: genome-wide associations, high-dimensional phenome-wide associations, population structure inference, polygenic risk scores, genetic simulations, heritability estimationsComputational skills, including cloud computing through job scheduler system, and proficient programming in bash/R/python, processing large databases

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 29, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing
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