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PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

This 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. The primary purpose of this role is to develop new or advanced research skills and competencies. This includes additional skills in publishing peer-reviewed academic journals, data analysis, the development of funding proposals, and the supervision and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students.   

Who We Are

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 Division of Natural Sciences is the home of four active Nobel Laureates. Due to the outstanding academic research reputation and geographic location in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains adjacent to a major metropolitan area (Denver), CU Boulder attracts outstanding faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, and staff to lead and support scientific investigation.

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 largest number of undergraduate student majors (~1800) on the CU Boulder campus. The Department has ~25 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 10 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

The Postdoctoral Associate will work on independent projects, travel to conferences, and present relevant publications as appropriate.

What You Should Know

Alderete Diabetes and Obesity Research (ADOR Lab), located in the Department of Integrative Physiology, is applying a multidisciplinary approach to dissecting the contributions of diet, environmental exposures, and the gut microbiome to human health. The Lab’s primary focus on obesity, type 2 diabetes, and health disparities. Current research is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

What We Can Offer

$50,000 – $55,000, depending on experience.

The initial appointment is for one year, with the expectation of annual renewal for additional years upon satisfactory performance. 


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

  • Ph.D. in a field relevant to bioinformatics, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and/or environmental epidemiology. While applicants are required to have received their Ph.D. before starting the position, their Ph.D. need not be from one of those fields, as long as they can demonstrate an excellent track record of research in relevant areas.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A strong foundation in data analysis and programming in R along with experience analyzing targeted and untargeted sequencing data.

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. 2–3 first-author journal papers in PDF
4. A list of 4–5 references who are very familiar with your research work.
5. Copy of Degree
6. You will need to submit 4 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 and viewable only by the search committee.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Tanya Alderete

Posting Contact Email:

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