Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Position #00799080 – Requisition #26559


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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 Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease has an opening for a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow. 

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

Openings are available for PhD post-doctoral researchers with experience in molecular virology, cell biology, and/or mouse models to study interactions between RNA viruses and mammalian host cells. We are interested in the molecular biology of RNA virus life cycles and their interactions with host proteins (doth dependency and restriction factors). Virus life cycles we have studied include HIV-1, SARS-CoV-2 and picornaviruses. Currently the MDA5-MAVS pathway and other nucleic acid sensing mechanisms are under study in an exciting picornavirus replicase-transgenic mouse with well-tolerated constitutive MDA5 activation and other unique features. Projects have relevance to innate antiviral defense, antiviral effectors interferon-stimulated genes, and prevention of autoimmune disease. The proposed training will be conducted at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver, Colorado.

The project and environment will provide intensive training, opportunities to interact and network with collaborators across multiple institutions, and can provide the opportunity for transition as an independent investigator in academia or industry. 

Positions report to Professor Eric Poeschla, Tim Gill Professor and Head, Division of Infectious Diseases. The responsibilities pertain to the research summarized above. A scientist may supervise the work of graduate students and technicians.  

Specific Position Duties with Percentages of Time:

 Performance of Primary Research - 85%

    Participate in initiation and design of research projectsPerform experiments at BSL2 and BSL3 conditionsWork with laboratory animals (mice)Carry out projects independently, with assistance of lab membersDevelop research protocolsPerform experiments as related to research projectTrouble-shooting and problem-solving as related to the research projectRecord results of experiments: Tabulate research data and keep a detailed, easy to understand laboratory notebookInterpret experimental resultsCollaboration with PI and others in the labConduct literature searchesTraining of laboratory personnel in experimental techniques as neededPreparation of tissues, cell cultures, blood samples, etc.Measure and monitor gene expression (experience with western blotting, PCR, plasmid cloning in E coli, cell culture is required).Bioinformatics skills appreciatedIsolate and analyze DNA and RNA from cells and/or virusesPrepare samples for analysis by various instrumentation
Communication of Research Results - 10%

    Present results at lab meetingsWrite and publish manuscripts describing resultsHelp prepare grant applications, as necessary
 General Administrative and Research Compliance - 5%

    Perform research compliance activities required by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical CampusPerform general administrative duties requested by principal investigator
Salary and Benefits: 

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $54,840-$55,632. 

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 Requirements:

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    Requirements of graduation from an accredited college or university with a Ph.D., M.D, D.V.M., or equivalent doctoral level degree in microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field before the starting date for this position. Candidates in the final stages of completing their doctoral level degree are eligible to apply.
Preferred Qualifications:

    Self-motivated, hard-working, and willingness to work flexible hoursExperience in innate immunity, molecular biology, cell culture, mouse experimentation, and/or bioinformatics is valuable.Other duties as assigned by PIFamiliarity with Microsoft office suite of applications, Adobe suite of applications, FlowJo and Graphpad Prism. 

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

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