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Postdoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

JILA is searching for a Postdoctoral Associate in single-molecule biophysics in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Perkins. We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented postdoc to develop and apply state-of-the-art atomic force microscopy (AFM) to elucidate the dynamics and energetics of single bio-molecules. JILA is located on the University of Colorado’s main Boulder campus.

For more information about the Perkins lab, please visit:

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

JILA is a joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. We support eclectic and innovative research programs that foster creative collaborations among our scientists. The wide-ranging interests of our scientists have made JILA one of the nation’s leading research institutes in the physical sciences. JILA science encompasses eight broad categories: Astrophysics, Atomic & Molecular Physics, Biophysics, Chemical Physics, Laser Physics, Nanoscience, Precision Measurement, and Quantum Information Science & Technology. To learn more visit:

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Conduct single-molecule force spectroscopy of diverse proteins using AFM.
  • Develop assays to pursue complementary new research directions.
  • Analyze data and prepare manuscripts for submission.
  • Work in a collaborative atmosphere within the group and with external collaborators.
  • Participate in preparing external grants and, as appropriate, apply for fellowships.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

What We Can Offer

  • Salary Range: $48-55k/yr, depending on experience.
  • Moving Expenses: $1500 + one-way economy airfare.


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 Physics, Biophysics, Biochemistry, or a closely related field, awarded no more than five years prior to the appointment.
  • A proven track record of outstanding research as reflected in publications.

What You Will Need

  • The ideal candidate will be highly motivated to conduct independent research, have excellent communication skills, and enjoy working in a collaborative environment. Expertise in methods development, quantitative analysis, and/or modeling is desirable. Background in single-molecule biophysics or atomic force microscopy is a plus but not essential.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 references who may be contacted on your behalf. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your application. If you are selected as a finalist for this role, we will also use Skillsurvey to check references. SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. 
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. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

The position will be open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.

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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