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PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

A postdoctoral position in the Spencer Lab is available for a cell biologist, cancer biologist, systems biologist (or similar) to perform research on single-cell proliferation-quiescence-senescence decisions.  In addition, there is a possibility to collaborate with biotech on a project. 

The Spencer Lab is located in the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, home of the interdisciplinary BioFrontiers Institute.  The Spencer Lab opened in August 2014 and is friendly, energetic, interdisciplinary, well-funded, and productive. We work at the interface of cell biology, cancer biology, and systems biology with a focus on single-cell heterogeneity, cell proliferation, cell-cycle withdrawal, and cancer drug resistance.

Please see the following recent publications for an indication of the type of work we do:

Arora et al. Rapid adaptation to CDK2 inhibition exposes intrinsic cell-cycle plasticity. Cell (2023).

Hoffman et al. Multiple cancer types rapidly escape from multiple MAPK inhibitors to generate mutagenesis-prone subpopulations.  bioRxiv and in press at Science Signaling (2023). 

Ashraf et al. The intensities of canonical senescence biomarkers integrate the duration of cell-cycle withdrawal. bioRxiv and in press at Nature Communications (2023).

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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 include 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

  • Perform research on single-cell proliferation-quiescence-senescence decisions.

What We Can Offer

The starting salary range associated with this position is $56,484-$66,228 annually.


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

  • PhD completed or nearly completed in cell biology, cancer biology, systems biology, computational biology or similar.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV that includes name and contact information for 3 references.
  2. Cover Letter.
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.

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. Please apply by December 15, 2023 for consideration.
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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