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PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Donaldson Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a PostDoctoral Associate!

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

The Donaldson Lab is an interdisciplinary lab housed within the Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology and the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Our lab studies the mechanistic basis for individual differences in behavior and how these impact likelihood to develop mental illness. Our work uses prairie voles, mice, and post-mortem human tissue, in advanced neurogenetic and circuit-level analysis to better understand how genes and environment shape who we are.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work on several funded projects related to the neuromolecular basis of pair bonds. Monogamous prairie voles form life-long pair bonds while promiscuous meadow voles do not. Comparisons of these two laboratory amenable species provide an ideal means to identify the mechanisms that enable pair bonding and monogamy. Existing approaches in the lab include cellular-resolution calcium imaging during the assessment of social behavior, photometry mediated real-time measurement of neuromodulators, opto- and chemo-genetics, activity-dependent labeling, and functional genetic approaches (CRISPRa/i).

What You Should Know

  • Negotiable start preferably prior to September 2022.
  • 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 $52,000 - $60,000 annually. Salary is commensurate with 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.

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What We Require

  • A PhD.

What You Will Need

  • Experience with animal handling, rodent behavioral assays, intracranial stereotactic surgery, transcardial perfusion, tissue sectioning, and experience with python and/or R is sought, but training opportunities are also available.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Excellent organizational abilities, be able to work independently and exhibit strong interpersonal skills.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  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 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: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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