Post-Doctoral Fellow

Job Description

Post-Doctoral Fellow - 29309 



University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Ophthalmology

Job Title:  Post Doc – Lab Nagaraj

Position: #00807816 – Requisition: #29309


Job Summary:

Nature of Work:

CellSight , the Ocular Stem Cell and Regeneration Program at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, seeks full-time (1.O FTE) Postdoctoral Fellows to carry out research in the areas of retinal biology, stem cell technologies, and regenerative medicine. CellSight  is expanding and we are recruiting a team of Postdoctoral Fellows with an array of qualifications to compliment our programmatic growth. CellSight  is a cross-disciplinary team of investigators working in a highly collaborative environment with the common goal of developing novel stem cell-based therapeutics to treat ocular diseases. For more information about research performed by CellSight  teams please visit: https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/ophthalmology/research/cellsight-program.

The successful postdoctoral fellows will lead specific research projects aimed at: (1) developing innovative models of retinal degenerative diseases, (2) understanding the molecular mechanisms associated with disease, and (3) evaluating novel potential therapeutic strategies. This is an exciting, new line of work using cutting-edge technology in the stem cell field and we are looking for motivated and independent scientists willing to contribute their expertise and knowledge. There is no direct patient care or contact involved in this position. Main responsibilities include developing and carrying out research projects using stem cell culture and retinal organoid tissues along with cell, developmental and molecular biology techniques. Duties include publishing and communicating research results in both oral and written formats and assisting with the training and mentoring of students and technicians.

Professional Field-  Biomedical Sciences

Supervision Received

We are recruiting a team of several Postdoctoral Fellows with an array of qualifications to compliment CellSight  programmatic growth.  The Postdoctoral Fellows will report to CellSight  principal investigators Joseph Brzezinski, Ph.D., Natalia Vergara, PhD, or Valeria Canto-Soler, Ph.D, based on the lab/project each postdoctoral fellow joins.  They will receive direction and training in carrying out duties and responsibilities by the principal investigator.

Examples of Work Performed

The responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Designing and planning research studies
  • Performing experiments using human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) cultures, retinal organoid tissues, and other molecular, developmental and cell biology techniques as needed
  • Analyzing and interpreting research results.
  • Maintaining effective communication with the investigator and other team members
  • Keeping an organized record of research experiments and results
  • Assisting in the training and mentoring of students and technicians
  • Preparing manuscripts for publication in scientific journals
  • Participating in lab meetings and attending scientific seminars and conferences

Why Join Us:

The Department of Ophthalmology is housed in the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus.  This state-of-the-art facility is one of the largest eye centers in the country and serves not only patients in the Rocky Mountain region but also patients all over the world.

The technological innovations conceived and developed by departmental faculty have changed the practice of eye care throughout the world.  Our educational programs train the next generation of leaders in ophthalmology.  Our specialists have developed national and international reputations for excellence in routine and complex ophthalmic care.  We have invested heavily in tracking our clinical outcomes and we are proud that our clinicians perform at the highest levels in their respective fields.

The mission of the Department of Ophthalmology is to be a nationally recognized department of ophthalmology by providing exemplary patient care founded on educational leadership, innovative research, and high ethical standards

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: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits-wellness .


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.



Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a MD/PhD or PhD in a relevant biomedical science discipline

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in vision science research
  • Experience with stem cell culture techniques, 3D organoid differentiation
  • Experience with cell, developmental, and molecular biology techniques
  • Understanding the pathophysiology of retinal degenerative diseases
  • Training in the use of animal models of visual impairment
  • Training in ocular surgical procedures and follow up post-operative assessment
  • A strong publishing record
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and effectively with others as part of a team

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong team player with excellent customer service and interpersonal skills and has the ability to work with a diverse group and competing interests.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively explain processes and procedures.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, work under tight deadlines.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt to various situations.
  • Ability to take direction and use independent judgment to complete assigned tasks.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Analytical and reasoning ability.
  • Ability to represent the department and University in a professional manner with tact and diplomacy.


How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):

  • A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
  • Curriculum vitae / Resume
  • Three to five professional references including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address
  • Questions should be directed to: Ashley Woodhouse ashley.woodhouse@cuanschutz.edu

    Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers .

    Screening of Applications Begins:

    Screening begins on March 17th



    Anticipated Pay Range:

    The starting salary range (or hiring range ) for this position has been established as HIRING RANGE: $56,684

    The above 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: http://www.cu.edu/node/153125

    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 hr.adacoordinator@cuanschutz.edu .


    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:

    The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:

    Anschutz: https://www.ucdenver.edu/docs/librariesprovider284/default-document-library/3000-general-admission/3012---covid-19-vaccination-requirement-and-compliance.pdf?sfvrsn=4e9df3ba_2

    Unit-Specific Exemptions:

    • Anschutz Campus – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons.


    The University of Colorado 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.




          Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References 
    Job Category
    : Faculty 
    Primary Location
    : Aurora 
    : Full-time 
    Posting Date
    : Mar 14, 2023 
    Unposting Date
    : Mar 20, 2023, 1:59:00 AM 
    Posting Contact Name: Ashley Woodhouse 
    Posting Contact Email: ashley.woodhouse@cuanschutz.edu 
    Position Number: 00807816

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