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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado Denver

Post-Doctoral Fellow - 28637 Faculty Description

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Department of Bioengineering / College of Engineering, Design and Computing

Job Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Position ##00726328 - Requisition #28637

Job Summary:

Department of Bioengineering has an opening for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
The Translational Biomaterials Research Laboratory (TBRL) in the Bioengineering Department at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is looking for a postdoctoral research fellow who has experience in synthesis and engineering of functional biomaterials for tissue engineering application and animal studies in tissue engineering. The candidate must be willing to work both independently and in an interdisciplinary team of engineers, clinicians, and industrial partners.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Collect native tissues from animals including brain, heart and optic nerve
  • Perform the decellularization of tissues and further chemical modification to induce polymerizable functional groups
  • Build mechanical property-variable three-dimensional disease model for the mechanobiology in neural diseases including Alzheimer's disease and optic neuropathies
  • Optimize the 3D model by rheology studies
  • Grow ocular or brain organoids using human iPSCs and monitor neural or ocular cell behavior in the 3D model and explore gene expression changes using PCR and RNA-seq analysis including sample preparations
  • Train PhD, MS, and undergraduate students in PI's lab for iPSC cultures and basic polymerization skills
  • Help PI with grant application including data processing and small section of grant writing

Why Join Us:

The University of Colorado Denver is the state's premier public urban research university and equity-serving institution. Globally connected and locally invested, CU Denver partners with future-focused learners and communities to design accessible, relevant, transformative educational experiences for every stage of life and career. Across eight schools and colleges in the heart of downtown Denver, our leading faculty inspires and works alongside students to solve complex challenges through boundary-breaking innovation and impactful research and creative work. As part of the state's largest university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with 2,000 employees and annual economic impact of more than $800 million. For more information, visit

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

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off - vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado 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.


Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
  • A PhD degree or equivalent doctorate degree from an accredited college or university awarded in a relevant discipline such as Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or other closely related field.
  • At least 3 years of experience in polymers synthesis.
  • Published work in peer-reviewed journals.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with hydrogel, dECM-based biomaterial design.
  • Experience working with hydrogel biomaterials as cell culture platforms.
  • Mentorship/leadership experience.
  • Previous experience writing grant applications and obtaining funding.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to characterize products of polymer synthesis.
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively within a research team.
  • Ability to monitor cellular changes in response to biomaterials.

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

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):
  1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
  2. Curriculum vitae / Resume
  3. Five professional references including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

Questions should be directed to: Daewon Park, PhD, [email protected]

Screening of Applications Begins:

Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by 2/15/2023. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.

Anticipated Pay Range:

The starting salary range for this position is based on the current NIH postdoctoral pay scale guidelines has been established as HIRING RANGE:

$54,840 to $55,224

The above salary range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation unless it is non-exempt.

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.

Total Compensation Calculator:

ADA Statement:

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]​.

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado 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.

Vaccination Statement:

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date. Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:



Unit-Specific Exemptions:
  • Anschutz Campus - Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons.

The University of Colorado 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.

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Job Category
: Faculty Primary Location
: Denver Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 30214 - CEDC-Bioengineering Schedule
: Full-time Posting Date
: Jan 11, 2023 Unposting Date
: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Daewon Park, PhD Posting Contact Email: [email protected] Position Number: 00695027

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