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Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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Post-Doctoral Fellow - 20570 Faculty

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

Post-Doctoral Fellow/ Trainee

School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental Biology

The University of Colorado Denver l 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.

Overall Description of Responsibility or Nature of Work:

This position reports directly to the Faculty in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental Biology. This full-time (1.0FTE) position for a junior level PhD post-doctoral researcher will provide a mechanism for the hired individual to develop into a successful independent researcher in the field of developmental biology. The research focus of the Section is to discover knowledge related to embryonic development, with a particular emphasis on development of the body axis, limbs, craniofacial structures, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, the central nervous system and the meninges. The proposed training will be conducted at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Areas of Responsibility / Scope of Research:

We aim to improve our knowledge of the cellular and molecular control of embryonic development, using zebrafish, mice, Drosophila and human stem cells and organoids as model systems. This research project will provide intensive training, with the ultimate goal of successful transition into a position as an independent investigator in academia or industry.

Examples of Work Performed:

Approximately 80% of the position:
• Participate in the initiation of the research projects
• Carry out projects independently
• Develop research protocols
• Perform experiments as related to research project
• Trouble-shoot and problem-solve as related to the research project
• Record results of experiments: tabulate research data and maintain a detailed, easily understandable laboratory notebook
• Interpret experimental results
• Collaborate with PI and others in the lab
• Conduct literature searches
• Train laboratory personnel in experimentation techniques
• Maintain animal stocks for experimentation
• Measure and monitor gene expression
• Animal care related to research procedures
• Perform recombinant DNA work
• Perform light microscopy
• Modify, test, verify and analyze research data
• Prepare samples for analysis by various instrumentation
• Develop and maintain research databases
• Apply bioinformatics tools to analyze genomic (ChIP-seq, RNA-seq) data
• Other related duties as assigned by PI

Approximately 15% of position:
• Present results at lab meetings
• Present results at project meetings such as research in progress
• Present results at (inter)national meetings
• Write and publish manuscripts describing results
• Prepare grant applications, as necessary

Approximately 5% of the position:
• Perform all research compliance activities required by the University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus
• Perform general administrative duties as requested within lab

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position has been established at $53,760 to $64,292. Postdoc-specific benefits are found here:

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 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:

Please click here for information on disability accommodations:

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 degree in life sciences such as developmental biology, cell biology or molecular biology or related field (PhD must be conferred prior to starting position, but need not be completed at time of application)
- Prior experience with molecular biology techniques
- Prior experience with cell or animal models
- Prior experience with light microscopy

Preferred Requirements:

- Knowledge of developmental biology, cell structure and cellular functions

- Prior experience presenting research results to both large and small audiences

- Minimum of one course in statistical analyses

Special conditions of employment:

Must successfully pass a 10-panel drug test through Children's Hospital Colorado
Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal and sex-offender background check


- Ability to complete basic science techniques such as pipetting, lab notebook upkeep, weighing and measuring, and preparing buffers and solvents
- Ability to effectively operate common lab equipment
- Ability to effectively collect data and complete analyses
- Ability to work independently within a research lab
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Proficiency with statistical analyses
- Strong technical research skills and reasoning ability
- Strong planning and organizational skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to manage time effectively while concurrently working on multiple projects

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 20570

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for 3-5 professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
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 - 21300 - SOM-PEDS Devl Biology-GenOp

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 25, 2021

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Rob Murchison Posting Contact Email: [email protected] Position Number: 00602474

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