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University of Colorado Post-Doctoral Fellow in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Fellow

The University of Colorado Denver l 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 University of Colorado-Anschutz medical campus is seeking a talented and motivated Post-doctoral fellow in the field of Immunology with an emphasis on immunology and/or molecular biology. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in immunology, cell biology, molecular biology or a related field. Experience in Immunology and/or molecular biology is preferred.

As an important member of the basic science research team, the post-doctoral fellow will work on projects related to dendritic cell trafficking and signaling mechanisms. This position will be part of the Immunology Program, a collaborative research program at the University of Colorado that integrates basic and clinical science with the goal of determining mechanisms of immunology that relate to infection, autoimmunity, and cancer. This multidisciplinary approach fosters collaboration between key personnel from different departments and divisions of the School of Medicine to provide novel research outcomes.

This position reports directly to Beth Tamburini, PhD and is responsible for developing, executing and analyzing data from research projects aimed at understanding processes of dendritic cell trafficking following infection and the signaling mechanisms involved. This position is an opportunity for a bright, creative and enthusiastic individual to advance their career by performing impactful, cutting-edge biomedical research in an exciting field of study.

There is no direct patient care and no patient contact involved in this position. There are no supervisory duties associated with this position.

Examples of Work Performed

This position will work independently under the guidance of the principal investigator. Work will involve designing, planning, and executing experiments to better understand how dendritic cells utilize membrane proteins to regulate trafficking from the skin to the lymph node. Specific duties include:

  • Utilizing specialized knowledge and sophisticated research techniques examining inflammation-related signaling by intestinal epithelial cells.

  • Design and implement projects relating to the laboratory’s overall research program.

  • Analyze, interpret, and fully document experimental results

  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment

  • Prepare data and manuscripts for publication

  • Prepare grant proposals to obtain independent post-doctoral funding

  • Actively participate in and present data at group meetings, journal clubs and conferences

  • Work in conjunction with the PIs and other lab staff to achieve programmatic goals

  • Meet with the project Principal Investigators on a weekly basis for the purpose of progress updates and mentoring

  • Other duties as assigned

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed; it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services at .

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 checks for all new employees prior to their employment.

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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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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 and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Requirements

  • A doctoral level degree (PhD, MD, MD/PhD) in immunology, cell biology, molecular biology, or related field from an accredited institution.

  • At least one first-author publication in an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journal.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Candidate must be willing and able to work with laboratory animals and animal tissues.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate Training in a biomedical laboratory setting, studying immunology, molecular biology, and/or cell biology

  • Experience and knowledge of the immune system and/or lymphatic system is essential

  • Expertise and experience in cellular imaging using immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy and multi-photon microscopy of lymph nodes or other tissues including familiarity with software programs related to data analysis of images (IMARIS, Slidebook, Zen) are desired.

  • Experience with tissue processing for sectioning, mounting, and staining for imaging, or tissue processing for staining and flow cytometry is desired and will be taught.

  • Experience or demonstrated familiarity with flow cytometry and flowjo analysis software.

  • The applicant should be acquainted with animal husbandry procedures and be comfortable handling animals.

  • Other basic molecular biology techniques such as Western blotting, immunoprecipitation, cloning or other protein experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.

  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to problem-solve, multi-task, and work independently.

  • Good command of the English language, both written and verbal.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Ability to work independently and as a team member within a research environment.

  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with computer software, including Microsoft Office.

  • Skilled with the use of aseptic mammalian cell culture techniques.

  • Skilled with common laboratory techniques and equipment consistent with PhD-level graduate training.

  • Ability to commit to an independent scientific career in immunology, or a related field, with a proven high degree of independence and self-motivation to achieve these ends.

  • Ability to interpret and comprehend complex information.

  • Knowledge of basic human anatomy, physiology, medical terminology.

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Oct 2, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Spencer LaFasto

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00778240

Req ID: 19178

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.