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PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The laboratory of new Assistant Professor Vignesh Kasinath in the Department of Biochemistry ( is encouraging applications for talented and motivated postdoctoral scholars interested in using cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), and/or cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) to decipher the structural and mechanistic role of large macromolecular assemblies in gene regulation.

The lab offers the opportunity to work directly with the PI on many research projects. Candidates with a strong interest in structural biology, cryo-EM, a track record of publications in biochemistry or biophysics and above all, the desire and ability to learn are encouraged to apply.

CU Boulder, besides being a phenomenal place to live, has a state-of-the art Titan Krios G3i with a Gatan K3 Direct Electron Detector Camera, FEI Tecnai F30 with a Gatan K2 Summit Direct Electron Detector Camera, FEI Tecnai F20 with a Gatan K3 Direct Electron Detector Camera, and a FEI Tecnai T12 Spirit with a 4k x 4k CCD camera. CU Boulder is also currently being set up as a NIH-centre for cryo-ET with the expected arrival of FEI Aquilos 2 cryo-FIB, Leica THUNDER CLEM, and Cryosol Vitrojet.

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

Since 1986, Biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder has offered a world-class interdisciplinary research environment in a beautiful mountain setting Faculty includes a Nobel Laureate, five members of the National Academy of Sciences, three Howard Hughes Investigators, and many other esteemed scientists who have established themselves as research leaders within biochemistry. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Research, share the responsibilities for the day-to-day smooth functioning of the lab, foster an inclusive and collaborative work environment. 

What You Should Know

The candidate will play a key role in shaping the research environment in the lab. There is hence an immense opportunity to develop professionally both in research collaborations as well as in mentoring.

What We Can Offer

Annual Salary will be based on years of experience: 
0 years =  $52,704
1 year   =  $53,706
2 years =  $53,460
3 years =  $55,596
4 years =  $57,456
5 years = $59, 580
6 years =  $61,800
7+ years= $64,008


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 Collaborative. Be Flexible. Be Boulder.

What We Require

Ph.D. in biochemistry or biophysics or molecular biology. 

What You Will Need

  • Critical thinking and willingness to explore different ideas.
  • Expertise in molecular cloning and protein purification.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Expertise in one or more areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, or structural biology (NMR, X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM) is highly desired.
  • Experience with insect cell expression and mammalian cell culture would be highly advantageous but not necessary.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV: Include name and contact information for 3 references. 
  2. Cover Letter
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue 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: Vignesh Kasinath

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