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Post-Doctoral Fellow Immunogenetics Research

Post-Doctoral Fellow Immunogenetics Research - 27865 Faculty

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Biomedical Informatics

Post-Doctoral Fellow Immunogenetics Research

Position #00803861 – Requisition #27865

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

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The University of Colorado 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 Department of Biomedical Inforamtics has an opening for a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow.

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

Nature of Work

The Norman Lab in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and Department of Immunology and Microbiology, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow with a background in the variation of immunological responses that determine susceptibility and severity of infectious and autoimmune diseases (immunogenetics). Individuals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply

The Norman Laboratory focuses on the study of natural variation in immune responses with respect to multiple aspects of human health and medicine. To support these efforts, a postdoctoral position is proposed to provide specific research expertise on the role of genetic diversity in determining immune function during infectious disease and autoimmunity. The major focus of this position will be on the role of NK cells/innate lymphocytes in the development and course of multiple sclerosis. The postdoctoral researcher will perform specific assigned research projects under the guidance and mentoring of the laboratory director, Dr. Paul Norman. The postdoctoral position will conduct specific research as assigned and assist other Norman lab staff as necessary based on expertise. The postdoctoral position will be responsible for analyzing project data, creating presentations and manuscripts for publication, assist in developing proposals for funding and participate in all lab related activities. This position will not be responsible for supervising lab staff.

The main research efforts in which the postdoctoral position will be responsible will be related to specific research developing, optimizing, validating and evaluating new laboratory assays and bioinformatics methods, as well as laboratory assays using cohorts of human specimens in support of sponsored studies within the Norman lab. The postdoctoral position will be required to attend all Norman lab related seminars and group meetings and attend DBMI and Immunology Department seminars and School of Medicine lectures/seminars as they pertain to the genetics and immunology of human disease.

Examples of Work Performed

The postdoctoral position will develop a research plan surrounding the development, optimization, and validation of protocols to measure human NK cell and/or T cell functions. The postdoctoral position will both analyze existing data to define and understand the immunology of multiple sclerosis as well as viral infections including EBV and SARS-CoV-2. They will generate new data as needed to test hypotheses so derived. Analyzed data will be used in the preparation of presentations and manuscripts. There is a strong emphasis on manuscript preparation. This position will be eligible for a hybrid work schedule.

Professional Field:

Human Immunology, Infectious Disease, Autoimmune Disease, Human Genetics. The position requires a PhD degree in biological sciences with experience in immunological assays with specific application towards immunogenetics of infectious disease and host-pathogen interactions. Requires the ability to manage project objectives, generate and evaluate data and work both independently as well as in a team setting.

Supervision Received:

The Postdoctoral Fellow will report to the Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Paul J. Norman, PhD.

Position Duties

Percent effort in this role is as follows:

70% Perform Primary Research
    Participate in the design and initiation of research projects Independently carry out literature reviews, analysis, and interpretation of results with guidance from the PI Collaborate with the PI, other members of the lab, and local and international collaborators Maintain transparent and easy to follow documentation of research projects from start to finish, including reproducible and sharable code.

15% Communicate ideas and findings
    Present research in progress at lab meetings, project meetings, and individual PI meetings Submit abstracts and present results at local, national and international conferences Write and publish manuscripts Actively pursue fellowship awards and assist the PI in grant writing

5% Train and Mentor
    Write and share workflows and protocols Train graduate students and research associates

5% Administrative Duties
    Complete required research trainings Perform general administrative duties as requested by the PI

5% Career Development
    Attend career development seminars and networking events Complete an Individualized Development Plan (IDP) to be discussed with the PI annually Keep CV up to date

The PI is committed to supporting the candidate's research progress and career development, including the exploration of new project areas and collaborations.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $54,840 - $66,600

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.


The Norman lab seeks a highly motivated self-starter that can work effectively independently or part of a team, has excellent organizational skills, and the ability to problem-solve with the following minimum and desired qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
    PhD in in biological sciences with emphasis on immunology and/or host-pathogen interactions

Preferred Qualifications
    Proficiency in scientific communication with evidence of first author manuscript(s) in peer-reviewed journals and oral presentation(s) at local or inter(national) conferences upon or following completion of your PhD.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilites
    Experience in developing laboratory methods to study cellular immunology in vitro Experience in ex vivo cellular and humoral immunology assays Experience with high-resolution flow cytometry Experience in R, Python, and/or a comparable programming language, preferably in a High-Performance Cluster Unix computing environment Ability to use existing bioinformatics protocols (e.g. for single cell data) Experience in cell culture, cloning, retroviral transduction and molecular biology Interest in the diversity of human populations and anthropology
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: 27865. Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below 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 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 - 21925 - SOM-BIOMED Informatics Gen Ops

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 20, 2022

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Michelle Fiandra Posting Contact Email: [email protected] Position Number: 00803861

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