Post-Doctoral Fellow - 25719 Faculty

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine/Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

PostDoctoral Fellow

Position #00796153 – Requisition #25719

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

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Overall Description of Responsibility or Nature of Work

An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Francisco J. Asturias, in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The Asturias group works on cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and biochemical studies of macromolecular complexes involved in various essential cellular processes. This project, part of a dynamic and very productive collaboration with the group of Mamuka Kvaratskhelia (also at Anschutz), is focused on understanding the structure of HIV-1 capsid protein (CA) assemblies in interaction with capsid inhibitors and cellular factors essential in the HIV infection cycle. Studies will primarily use cryo-EM and cutting-edge image analysis approaches. Postdoctoral Fellows with background in structural biology (especially cryo-EM or X-ray crystallography) would be particularly well qualified. This position reports directly to Dr. Asturias. The applicant will receive training and acquire expertise in all aspects of cryo-EM analysis of helical CA arrays, including sample preparation, automated data collection, image analysis and map calculation, and structure interpretation.

The person in this position must be highly motivated and well-organized, and capable of working both independently and as a member of a research team. They will be expected to interact and collaborate with other members of the Asturias and Kvaratskhelia labs. Good troubleshooting skills and ability to interpret, organize, and communicate experimental data are a must.

Specific Position Duties with Percentages of Time

[ 80 ]%

[1st area of responsibility]:
    Conduct cryo-EM studies of CA complexes. This might include some protein expression/purification, preparation of stained and cryo EM specimens, preliminary sample evaluation in stain, automated cryo-EM data collection, EM image analysis using various software packages, EM map and atomic model refinement.

[ 20 ]%

[2nd area of responsibility]:
    Summarize, interpret and communicate experimental results Writing of scientific papers for peer-reviewed journals Presentation of research at meetings and conferences Initiating and maintaining relationships with collaborators, including coordination of experimental work

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $54,835-$57,846

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.
    PhD degree

Preferred Qualifications:
    Experience in virology or HIV research is not essential, but would be a plus

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    Excellent communication skills
Special Instructions to Applicants: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Refer to requisition number: 25719 Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process. Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 20085 - SOM-BioChem&Molecular Genetics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 3, 2022

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Francisco Asturias Posting Contact Email: [email protected] Position Number: 00796153

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