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Post-Doctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Sleep and Neuroinflammation research lab in the Department of Integrative Physiology is seeking an exceptional candidate for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, to work on an innovative project to elucidate the role of sleep disruption on the etiology and pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. This NIH-funded position is an academic research role where you will conduct a specified program of research supported by research training under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator. Responsibilities include conducting high-quality, innovative research in the areas of sleep, neuroinflammation, and Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis, preparing and publishing scientific manuscripts, providing leadership within our research group, and carrying out other research and professional service activities.

The initial term of the position is one year, with the possibility of annual renewal for up to an additional 4 years, dependent on continued funding and job performance. This position will start no later than September 2019.

Who We Are

The Sleep and Neuroinflammation Laboratory’s (PI: Dr. Mark Opp) primary focus is to determine how chronic insufficient sleep induces, or contributes to inflammatory disease. Current research is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the University of Colorado. 

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the flagship campus of the University of Colorado system and one of the top state-affiliated research universities in the United States. Biological, biomedical, and physical sciences are particular strengths of the CU Boulder campus. In addition to Integrative Physiology, the College of Arts and Sciences: Division of Natural Sciences houses numerous nationally recognized science departments including Physics, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and Chemistry/Biochemistry, along with several internationally renowned research institutes that provide access to shared core facilities. 

The CU Boulder Department of Integrative Physiology was ranked sixth overall among Physiology units in the U.S. in the most recent (2010) National Research Council report on doctoral programs. The Department of Integrative Physiology is one of the top four departments in extramural funding in the Division of Natural Sciences and has the second largest number of undergraduate student majors (~1800) on the CU Boulder campus. The Department has ~22 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 9 full-time instructors, and ~70 graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) students. Faculty research and the undergraduate and graduate curriculums focus on physiological function from molecules and genes to human populations and public health. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Your specific responsibilities in this position will be to complete part of an NIH-funded project to understand the role of sleep-wake disturbances in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. You will design and conduct experiments according to the aims of the grant; collect and analyze the data; prepare the data for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals, travel to and present at research conferences, provide mentoring to undergraduate and graduate students in our lab and assist in the development of funding proposals.

What You Should Know

This position is contingent upon notice of award of a 5 year NIH-funded RO1.

What We Can Offer

Salary in accordance with NIH postdoctoral stipend guidelines, currently $50,004/year for Y0.

The initial appointment is for one year, with the expectation of annual renewal for up to four additional years, dependent upon satisfactory performance and continued availability of funds. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

A Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in a field relevant to neuroscience or physiology, conferred no later than August 2019. Applicants are required to have received their Ph.D. before starting the position.

What We Would Like You To Have

Ideal candidates will have a strong background in neuroscience and expertise with preclinical models of sleep and/or neuroinflammation and/or neurodegenerative disease. In addition, candidates should demonstrate a deep commitment to doing high quality, innovative neuroscience, a record of research and publications in selective venues, a strong foundation in data analysis, and a commitment to working in a collaborative environment.

Special Instructions

 To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A cover letter describing your research interests
  2. Resume/CV, including date of availability
  3. PDFs of any publications you have authored or co-authored
  4. You will need to submit 4-5 references for this position. These individuals may be contacted at a later time and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials. This information will be kept confidential.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Professor Mark Opp

Posting Contact Email:

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