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PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Sleep and Neuroinflammation Research Laboratory in the Department of Integrative Physiology is seeking an exceptional candidate for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate will contribute research effort to an innovative project that uses pre-clinical models to elucidate mechanisms underlying traumatic brain injury-induced alterations in sleep. In this academic position, you will conduct a specified program of research and receive training under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator. Responsibilities include conducting high-quality, innovative research in the areas of sleep, neuroinflammation, and brain injury, preparing and publishing scientific manuscripts, providing leadership for undergraduate and graduate students 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 renewal for a second year contingent upon funding and satisfactory job performance. The position will begin no later than August 2019.

Who We Are

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

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 the Department of Integrative Physiology, the Division of Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and 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 a project funded by the state of Colorado Department of Human Services Mindsource Brain Injury Network to determine the role of the hypocretinergic system in the sleep-wake disturbances that often occur after traumatic brain injuries. You will:
  • Design and conduct experiments according to the aims of the grant, and adapt new procedures, methods or instrumentation relative to research procedures.
  • Collect, prepare and analyze the research data; maintain records of research data and summarize experiments; and use graphical and statistical software to analyze and present data; prepare data for presentation at research conferences and for peer-reviewed academic publications. 
  • Conduct scientific literature searches as needed.
  • Supervise other laboratory personnel to coordinate research efforts for increased efficiency; provide mentoring to undergraduate and graduate students in the research group.
  • Assist in the development of funding proposals, including applications that will advance your career.

What You Should Know

This position is for a 2-year project funded by an RFP from the state of Colorado.

What We Can Offer

Starting salary commensurate with NIH guidelines for postdoc compensation for Y0 experience, currently $50,004/year.

The initial appointment is for one year, with the expectation of renewal for an additional year upon satisfactory performance and 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. In addition, candidates should demonstrate a deep commitment to doing high quality, innovative neuroscience research; a record of research and publications in relevant journals; a strong foundation in data analysis and general laboratory techniques; 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. A CV, including date of availability
  3. PDFs of any publications you have authored or co-authored
  4. A list of 4–5 references who are very familiar with your research work. 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.
  5. A proof of your Degree will be required prior to the start of work.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Mark Opp

Posting Contact Email:

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