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Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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Post-Doctoral Fellow - 31909 Faculty

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Medicine – Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care

Job Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Position #: 00817751 – Requisition #:31909

Job Summary:

The candidate is expected to take a leading role in projects aimed at understanding pulmonary developmental and disease mechanisms focusing on the ciliated cells of the airway epithelium in the Vladar laboratory. The major responsibility of the Postdoctoral Fellow position is to carry out all aspects of their project including primary human and mouse airway stem cell culture, animal procedures, tissue harvest from these animals, and preparation for analysis, including immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence staining, flow cytometry, molecular biology and bulk and single cell whole transcriptome RNA sequencing approaches. The candidate is expected to work in close association with technicians and graduate students in a supervisory role, including training in the use of equipment and procedures and overseeing the progress of experiments conducted by others. The candidate will be expected to present regular research-in-progress lectures to various groups within the University, present their work at international conferences, contribute to manuscript writing, and to write postdoctoral fellowship grant applications. The Postdoctoral Fellow will benefit from a highly supportive and collaborative training environment within the Pulmonary Division and the incredible breadth and depth of research in the Denver area pulmonary research community.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Primary human and mouse airway epithelial stem cell culture and associated techniques – lentiviral CRISPR and gene expression (25%)
  • Immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence staining of cultures and tissues (10%)
  • Confocal microscopic imaging and image analysis (20%)
  • Transgenic mouse colony management and genotyping (5%)
  • Perform and analyze mouse models of pulmonary injury and diseases (10%)
  • Single cell suspension preparation, flow cytometry and cell sorting (10%)
  • Molecular and biochemical assays, such as western blotting, qPCR, molecular cloning (10%)
  • Bioinformatics analysis of next-generation sequencing data (10%)
  • Maintain electronic lab notebook (ongoing)

Why Join Us:

About the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine

Thank you for your interest in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado! Our over 140 faculty are located across four sites: the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, National Jewish Health, Denver Health, and the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System.

We are very proud of our long and illustrious history. Many seminal discoveries in pulmonary and critical care medicine occurred here in Denver, including advances in tuberculosis, interstitial lung disease, airway disease, cancer, and critical care. Many of our former trainees have taken leadership roles in academic medicine, including Division and Department Chairs, Deans, and American Thoracic Society Presidents.

However, we do not rest on our laurels! We continue to enhance all aspects of our division and training program, and as a result, we have seen tremendous and sustained growth. The clinical practice sites have built new hospitals, and there are multiple new research buildings across the campuses. We have been fortunate to recruit tremendous new faculty members while retaining many of our former trainees.

About the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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

Why work for the University?

We have AMAZING Benefits and offer exceptional amounts of holiday, vacation, and sick leave!

The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:
  • Medical: Multiple plan options
  • Dental: Multiple plan options
  • Additional Insurance: Disability, Life, Vision
  • Retirement 401(a) Plan: Employer contributes 10% of your gross pay
  • Paid Time Off: Accruals over the year
  • Vacation Days: 22 (maximum accrual 352 hours)
  • Sick Days: 15 (unlimited maximum accrual)
  • Holiday Days: 10
  • Tuition Benefit: Employees have access to this the benefit on all CU campuses
  • ECO Pass: RTD Bus and light rail service
  • Additional Perks & Programs: Click here to access a few more Perks and Programs

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    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.

    The Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine strives to create a welcoming and inclusive environment, engage with diverse perspectives through a growth mindset, and maximize the success and inclusion of all trainees, staff, and faculty. We are committed to creating a healthy work environment that values and promotes the well-being of our trainees, staff, and faculty. Though we are a large division, we are continuously fostering our supportive community that values diversity and inclusion.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

    • PhD, MD, or PhD/MD preferably in pulmonary sciences, epithelial biology, or broadly cell biology

    • Three (3) years of experience with standard molecular and cellular biology, microscopy, and cell culture techniques
    • Two (2) years of experience managing genetic mouse colonies and animal handling

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Prior experience in pulmonary biology, airway epithelial biology, and/or cilia biology
    • Proven experience and familiarity with confocal/fluorescent microscopy imaging

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to work independently within the research laboratory
    • Basic knowledge in bioinformatics data analysis

    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: Christina Moldenhauer at

    Screening of Applications Begins:

    This is an ongoing search for multiple positions/ranks and screening will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.

    Anticipated Pay Range:

    The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position will be established based on the NRSA Stipend Levels. Current FY23 levels are as follows:

    · Postdoc 0 $56,484

    · Postdoc 1 $56,880

    · Postdoc 2 $57,300

    · Postdoc 3 $59,592

    · Postdoc 4 $61,572

    · Postdoc 5 $63,852

    · Postdoc 6 $66,228

    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. 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 accommodation 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 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:

    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 - 20219 - SOM-MED-PUL GENERAL OPERATIONS

    Schedule: Full-time

    Posting Date: Nov 21, 2023

    Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Christina Moldenhauer Posting Contact Email: Position Number: 00817751

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