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Post Doctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a PostDoctoral Associate! This is a unique job opportunity merging two projects involving developing, managing, and evaluating resources for teaching at the college level. The successful candidate will work directly with Dr. Jennifer Knight (Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder; Editor in Chief, CourseSource).

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Founded in 1968 by the pioneering cell biologist and electron microscopist, Keith Porter, MCDB was among the first departments to integrate molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. For nearly 50 years, MCDB researchers have made seminal contributions to our understanding of the structures of cells and organisms and the molecular underpinnings of life processes. A few of these early discoveries include: translational regulation of gene expression; bacterial motility by rotating flagella; fine structure of plant cell walls, tight junctions, chloroplasts, and mitotic spindles; temperature-sensitive and maternal effect mutations in C. elegans, and catalytic RNA.

Today, MCDB faculty and students continue this pursuit to understand life at its most fundamental levels. But we are also addressing many of the pressing biomedical problems facing society, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, blindness, neurological and muscle disorders, infectious disease and antibiotic resistance, and environmental destruction. Beyond making discoveries, MCDB continues its long tradition of excellence in cultivating and educating the next generations of research leaders, biomedical innovators, educators, and scientifically literate citizens.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Serve as managing Editor for the Journal CourseSource (
  • CourseSource is an open-access journal of peer-reviewed teaching resources for undergraduate biology and physics. This role involves shepherding articles through the system from submission to production, working with authors, reviewers, and editors during this process, preparing final manuscript documents for publication, and helping organize and facilitate online writing workshops to help instructors share their teaching resources.
  • Evaluate the outcomes for student and instructors of a digital, open-access Scientific Teaching Course (STC) that integrates an AJEDI (antiracist, just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive) approach to teaching. This role also involves working collaboratively with groups of STEM college instructors to help develop and deploy the course prior to evaluating outcomes. This project is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

What You Should Know

The position may work in-person, fully remote, or a mix.

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this full-time position is $50,000 to $55,000 annually. Salary is based on knowledge and experience.


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.

Be Statements

Be ambitious. Be pioneering. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • A Ph.D. in education, learning sciences, or a related field.

What You Will Need

  • Skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Excellent organization and communication.
  • The willingness and capability to learn quickly and on the job.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Optional: Transcripts/Proof of Degree
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources Department using an approved online vendor. However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for a reference. We will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the posting will remain open until 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: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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