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Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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Post-Doctoral Fellow - 29956 Faculty

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Job Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Position #:00809797 – Requisition #:29956

Job Summary:

The laboratory of Dr. Ning Zhao focuses on developing technologies to understand how proteins are regulated by tracking proteins in living cells with high spatiotemporal resolution. The major approach is single-molecule tracking using super-resolution microscopy. Traditional biochemistry and biophysics approaches will also be applied in our research, such as ELISA, western blots, protein purification, circular dichroism, ITC, DSC, et al.

The candidate for this position is expected to be an experienced protein engineer. The main focus is developing live cell imaging biosensors used for studying protein regulations. The candidate will design biosensors in silico, screen and test the designs experimentally. The candidate is expected to plan and execute independent experiments, analyze data, assist in the writing and publishing of experimental results, assist in grant applications, mentor graduate students, and contribute positively to the atmosphere and culture of the lab.

Key Responsibilities:


The postdoc candidate will develop, including design, clone, screen, and test, biosensors used for live cell imaging, particularly for studying protein regulation by applying a single-molecule tracking approach. The candidate will also characterize the biosensors using traditional biochemistry and biophysics approaches.


The candidate will also assist in the preparation of manuscripts to publish their work, the preparation of grant applications, both internal and external, and the preparation of scientific data for presentation at various meetings and conferences. The candidate will also mentor junior scientists in the lab in their scientific development.

Why Join Us:

Our department conducts research across a wide biological scale for fundamental scientific understanding with applications to many disease contexts. The overarching goal is to reach a level of molecular insight that helps develop therapeutic approaches to disease.

As biochemists and molecular geneticists, we are in the midst of an unprecedented time of discovery - our conception of the molecular biology of cells is going from the equivalent of grainy black-and-white to high-resolution technicolor. From deciphering the choreography of transcription complexes, chromosomes, and RNA molecules within cells to developing novel approaches to 3D molecular structure determination to understanding how viruses hijack a cell's machinery and alter its metabolome, the researchers in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (BMG) are at the forefronts of their fields both conceptually and technologically.

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 Denver 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.
  • PhD in biochemistry, engineering, biophysics, or biology-related field
  • Experience in de novo protein design and experimental protein engineering
  • Strong record of productivity as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications in internationally recognized journals (manuscripts under review may be considered on a case-by-base basis)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally
  • Strong work ethic and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion
  • Ability to interpret and master complex research protocol information
  • Highly motivated, eager to learn, taking initiative and excellent problem-solving skills
  • Great organizational skills and record keeping abilities
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Ability to handle and process detail-oriented documentation and meet designated deadlines
  • Experience in mammalian cell culturing and fluorescence microscopy is a plus

  • 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. Three 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: Ning Zhao,

    Screening of Applications Begins:

    Immediately and continues until position is filled.

    Anticipated Pay Range:

    The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established as HIRING RANGE:

    · $56,484 - $68,604

    The above starting salary 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​.

    Background Check Statement:

    The University of Colorado Denver 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:

    CU Anschutz strongly encourages vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and other vaccine preventable diseases. If you work, visit, or volunteer in healthcare facilities or clinics operated by our affiliated hospital or clinical partners or by CU Anschutz, you will be required to comply with the vaccination and medical surveillance policies of the facilities or clinics where you work, visit, or volunteer, respectively. In addition, if you work in certain research areas or perform certain safety sensitive job duties, you must enroll in the occupational health medical surveillance program.

    Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

    Job Category: Faculty

    Primary Location: Aurora Department: U0001 -- Anschutz Med Campus or Denver - 20085 - SOM-BioChem&Molecular Genetics

    Schedule: Full-time

    Posting Date: May 12, 2023

    Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Ning Zhao Posting Contact Email: Position Number: 00809797

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