Post-Doctoral Fellow

Job title: Post-Doctoral Fellow

$53760 – 56712 per year

Company: University of Colorado Denver

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Job description: University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Medicine

Division of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine

Position Number: 00787060

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Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

  • Anschutz Campus – Exemptions are allowed for medical or religious reasons.
  • Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Will follow Anschutz policy on exemptions.

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 University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America’s most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Nature of Work:

The Claw Lab at the University of Colorado seeks a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to work in the Division of Biomedical Informatics & Personalized Medicine and the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. In our lab, we are interested in the role of the pharmacogenetic variation (e.g., CYP450 variation) related to health and disease and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic research in historically marginalized populations. Pharmacogenomics is a field of research that studies how a person’s genes affect how they responds to medications and is at the core of personalized medicine. The overall goal of this position is to identify novel genetic and epigenetic influences on nicotine metabolism (nicotine metabolite ratio, or NMR) using a genome-wide approach, and to examine the associations to tobacco-related disease and death in underrepresented populations. 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.

Examples of Work Performed:

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for analytical aspects of the research proposed by the Claw lab, including data cleaning and association testing, and development of new computational pipelines.
  • Engage in GWAS/EWAS array and whole genome sequencing data analysis using bash scripting and parallel programming in a High Performance Computing (HPC)/cluster Unix/Linux environment.
  • Population genetics analysis (e.g., inference and analysis of global and local population substructure)
  • Analysis of high throughput multi-omic data.
  • Perform research related to the measurement of nicotine metabolites and other small molecules using liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS).
  • Interpret data and communicate experimental results and findings to colleagues in the laboratory, the division, and campus in verbal (presentations) and written (abstracts, manuscripts) forms.
  • Biospecimen handling and organization of many samples from a large cohort.
  • Analyze experimental results, prepare figures and tables for publication, grant applications, and progress reports
  • Maintaining communication with various core facilities and lab members for coordinating experiments/data generation.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records of experimental findings.
  • Assist with development of laboratory protocols.
  • General laboratory duties as assigned.


Must be knowledgeable in samples inventory (receiving and data entry), and some experience with nucleic acid extractions and fluid handling. The candidate will perform established laboratory assays with the initial supervision of senior personnel until capable of performing those assays independently.

Salary and Benefits:

Current NIH salary levels for 0-3 years of experience: $53,760 – $56,712. The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the rate at the time of posting.

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.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at .

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Diversity and Equity:

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Office of Equity:

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.

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.


Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in the biological sciences.
  • Some experience in the analysis of genomic data and use/development of bioinformatics protocols.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous interactions and cultural competency when working with diverse populations, in particular with Indigenous peoples.
  • Experience using R, python, and/or bash scripting in a Linux environment.
  • Experience with mass spectrometry, proteomics, and small molecule compounds.
  • Knowledge of scientific principles and concepts in high-throughput genomics platforms, including next-generation sequencing, with a basic understanding of data analysis.
  • Ability to effectively review data and generate conclusions resulting in presentations and manuscripts for publication
  • Ability to assist in the preparation of proposals for funding.


  • Ability to work individually and in a team setting
  • Ability to “think on their feet” but also seek guidance from mentors, staff and the literature if problems are encountered.
  • A “self-starter” who can manage project milestones and deliverables
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills with a diverse team.
  • Displays high standards of attendance, punctuality, maintains confidentiality, and manages time effectively.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Independent, innovative, and creative thinker.
  • Willingness to learn new laboratory techniques and innovative scientific strategies is essential. Will have opportunities to learn more skills in bioinformatics and small molecule analysis.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Location: Denver, CO

Job date: Sun, 15 Aug 2021 04:26:32 GMT

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