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Post Doctoral Associate

University of Colorado Boulder

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Post Doctoral Associate

Requisition Number: 43036
Location: Boulder Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full Time
Posting Close Date: 15-Jun-2023
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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History invites applications for a 30- month Postdoctoral Associate appointment. This appointment is funded by the National Science Foundation and will focus on the evolution of the symbiotic relationship between members of the diatom (Bacillariophyta) order Rhopalodiales and Cyanobacteria. We seek an individual with expertise and interest in the generation, assembly, annotation, and analysis of organellar and nuclear genomes, the evolution of symbiosis, and the congruence (or incongruence) of molecular and morphological data. We seek someone who is an excellent writer, has great communication skills, and is interested in collaborating with an international team of faculty and students. The candidate should also show a strong interest in teaching and mentoring students.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is a world-class natural history institution, nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains on the campus of Colorado’s flagship university in Boulder, Colorado. Currently, more than five million objects are part of the museum. A public museum, research labs and a comprehensive collection and library of diatoms will allow this Postdoctoral Associate to excel in research and outreach, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and assist in teaching NSF-funded workshops.

The team on this project includes faculty / curators in the Museum at CU-Boulder (with joint appointments with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) as well as faculty at the University of Montana and Grand Valley State University. International collaborators include universities and research institutes in China, India, Indonesia and Argentina.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Generating, assembling, annotating, analyzing, and managing genomics data, especially based on mitochondrial, chloroplast and individual nuclear genes sequences.
  • Analysis and construction of phylogenetic trees using nextgen and Sanger sequencing data.
  • Generating manuscripts.
  • Oversight of the lab.
  • Student Mentoring.
  • Teaching in Workshops.
  • Project management.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • We have budgeted $55,000 / year to start in our NSF grant.
  • We can offer up to $3,000 to help with relocation.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • PhD in Biology, Evolution, Molecular Biology or similar areas.
  • Expertise in generating, assembling, annotating, analyzing, and managing genomics data, especially based on mitochondrial, chloroplast and individual nuclear genes sequences.
  • Experience in the analysis and construction of phylogenetic trees using nextgen and Sanger sequencing data.
  • Proficient in R, Python, and other related bioinformatics tools.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Independent, collaborative, and motivated.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

This position will remain open until 6/15/2023.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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