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Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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Post-Doctoral Fellow - 21712 Faculty


Department of Immunology and Microbiology, School of Medicine

Dr. Berg's Laboratory


Position number: 00785097

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.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America's most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Overall Description of Responsibility or Nature of Work

This position reports directly to Dr. Leslie Berg, Professor and Chair of the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, and is responsible for research on T-cell receptor signaling pathways that regulate T cell activation and effector function. This individual will be expected to utilize state-of-the art genetic, molecular, biochemical, cellular, computational, and in vivo approaches and to initiate new directions at the interface of immunology and signal transduction based on insights from the literature and their own experimental findings.

Specific Position Duties with Percentages of Time

Research (75% or more):
  • Pursues research goals established by the Principal Investigator and the fellow. Responsible to the Principal Investigator for all aspects of planning, developing, operating, recording, and reporting of assigned research projects. Participates actively in designing, developing, and executing a wide variety of laboratory procedures under the supervision of the head of the laboratory. Performs experimental investigations with considerable independence on a day-to-day basis.
  • Has or acquires the skills needed to accomplish research goals, including, but not limited to, extensive techniques in molecular biology (RNA analysis and manipulation, RNA and reagent design, DNA cloning, quantitative RT-PCR, etc.), immunology (flow cytometry, cell cultures, lymphocyte isolation and adoptive transfers, etc.), biochemistry (western blotting, phospho-protein analysis, purification and characterization of DNA, RNA, proteins or other biomolecules, and bioinformatics (both basic bioinformatic analysis and interfacing with bioinformatics specialists). Performs routine and non-routine tests leading to the successful accomplishment of experimental goals, including trouble-shooting of laboratory protocols and overcoming experimental problems. Collaborates with and teaches other researchers to accomplish major research goals. Accurately collects and records experimental data and analyses data independently or in conjunction with other research staff. Reviews, develops, and implements quality control of new or modified laboratory techniques that may affect any part of major projects. Anticipates predictable needs and ensures that the laboratory remains stocked with common laboratory supplies, that equipment is properly maintained and serviced. Ensures that reagents (such as molecular constructs, plasmids, bacterial strains, cell lines, etc.) that are generated are properly documented, maintained, and stored in the common laboratory database. Assists in diagnosing and solving system/software problems, installing applications software, and addressing other computer needs related to assigned research projects. Maintains a neat and orderly laboratory. Assists the Principal Investigator and lab manager in preparing required documents to obtain and maintain University approvals to work with animals, specimens of human origins, biohazards, infectious agents, and recombinant DNA molecules as applicable to assigned research projects. Participates regularly in departmental seminars, journal clubs, research-in-progress meetings and meetings of the laboratory group

Research Publications and Grant Applications (15%):
  • Analyzes and prepares research data in appropriate formats for presentation at scientific meetings, for publication in proceedings, books, and peer-reviewed journals, and for use in grant applications.
  • Assists the Principal Investigator with the writing and editing of scientific manuscripts and grant applications. Meets regularly with the Principal Investigator to present research progress, review research data, troubleshoot problems, and plan future experiments. Presents data in formal settings as required, including but not limited to laboratory meetings, departmental seminars and journal clubs, institutional forums, and national and international scientific conferences, meetings, and workshops. Prepares applications for independent funding including postdoctoral fellowships, travel awards, and other opportunities as they arise.

Supervision and Training (10%):
  • Trains and supervises laboratory student workers, medical or graduate students, professional research assistants, or other laboratory personnel as assigned by the head of the laboratory;
  • Performs as a technical advisor to laboratory staff and/or collaborating scientists regarding complex analytical methods and/or sophisticated laboratory techniques within his/her areas of expertise.

Performs all other duties as assigned.

Salary & Benefits: The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $52,000-$56,000/yr. Salary is commensurate with skills and experience and based on current NIH NRSA postdoctoral stipend levels.

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.

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 contact [email protected] for information on disability accommodations

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.

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:
  • All requirements for graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD, MD, DVM or equivalent doctoral level degree in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, or a related field in the biomedical sciences must be completed before the starting date for this position. Candidates in the final stages of completing their doctoral level degree are eligible to apply.
  • Published work in peer reviewed journals related to one or more of these scientific disciplines.

  • Background in immunology with experience in flow cytometry
  • Productivity and excellence in previous research positions. Demonstrated skills in problem solving and working collaboratively and effectively with other members of a research team. Demonstrated effectiveness in communicating orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to work with considerable independence. Experience with computer programming and computational approaches for the analysis of large RNA sequencing data sets.

Special conditions of employment:
  • This position may require occasional extended hours and/or time outside normal working hours.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 21712

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 three 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 - 21577 - SOM-IMM MICRO GENERAL OPER

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 15, 2021

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Chris Brands Posting Contact Email: [email protected] Position Number: 00785097

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