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Job ID: 141347

Post-Doctoral Fellow
University of Colorado Denver

Date Posted Apr. 20, 2020
Title Post-Doctoral Fellow
University University of Colorado Denver
Aurora, CO, United States
Department Bioengineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2020
  • Post-Doc
  • Polymer Science
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)

University of Colorado – School of Engineering
Post-Doctoral Fellow

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Overall Description of Responsibility or Nature of Work

The Bio-inspired Pulmonary Engineering Lab in the Departments of Bioengineering and Medicine seeks a talented, passionate and industrious experimentalist to join our team as a fulltime Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus.

Research in the Bio-inspired Pulmonary Engineering Lab ( focuses on developing biomaterial-based cell culture platforms that mimic the complex structure, mechanics, and composition of lung tissues and blood vessels. We design and synthesize dynamic biomaterials and use them to build cell culture systems with biomanufacturing techniques such as 3D-bioprinting. These platforms enable us to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying chronic pulmonary diseases, including pulmonary fibrosis and hypertension, and provide a foundation for the development of precision medical treatments ( We work in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative team that includes basic scientists, engineers and clinicians. Our laboratory pursues high-risk research that will transform the way we diagnose and treat chronic pulmonary diseases.

Specific Position Duties:

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic candidate to work on projects at the interface of bioengineering and pulmonary medicine. More specifically, the candidate will design and synthesize novel dynamic hydrogel biomaterials with the goal of building cell culture platforms to study chronic pulmonary diseases in vitro. Responsibilities include design and execution of projects that use organic polymer synthesis techniques to create and characterize phototunable biomaterial components. Expertise in organic chemistry, biomaterial design, polymer synthesis, as well as characterization methods such as NMR and rheology are required. Familiarity with cell culture, tissue engineering, and evaluation of cellular and molecular changes in response to dynamic 3D hydrogel-based cell culture platforms is preferred. The candidate will develop research protocols, carry out experiments, collect, analyze and interpret data, and have the responsibility to clearly and effectively communicate progress and results both within the laboratory and through presentations and publications.

This position provides interdisciplinary training in a research environment that connects bioengineering research ideas and prototypes with the medical doctors who implement these tools clinically. The ability to communicate across disciplines is essential. The successful applicant is highly motivated, driven and collaborative, and has demonstrated the ability to independently complete research projects. The applicant will begin by working on projects in the laboratory that are currently funded and then has the opportunity to transition to pursuing grant funding for their own creative solutions to challenges in pulmonary medicine. This position will provide in-depth training in technical skills including using biomaterials for cell culture, 3D biofabrication, and evaluation of cell-matrix interactions as well as project management, grant writing, and leadership. Dr. Magin is uniquely positioned with experience and professional networks in both industry and academia to provide the training and connections to support diverse career goals.

Special Conditions of Employment:

This position may require occasional extended hours and/or time outside normal working hours.

Underrepresented minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Required application materials: Cover letter Curriculum vitae, including list of publications and conference presentations and summary of past accomplishments Contact information for 3 professional work references

Special Notices to Applicants:

The University of Colorado at Denver is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act require that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process, and selection committee members may choose to contact work references during the search process other than those listed in your application.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be based on the current NIH postdoctoral pay scale guidelines, and is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background checks for all new employees prior to their employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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Diversity and Equity:
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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Minimum Requirements:

A PhD degree or equivalent doctorate degree from an accredited college or university awarded in a relevant discipline such as Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or other closely related field. Experience with hydrogel biomaterial design. Expertise in organic polymer synthesis. Demonstrated ability to characterize products of polymer synthesis. Published work in peer-reviewed journals. Excellent communication and organizational skills. The ability to work independently and collaboratively within a research team.

Desired or Preferred Requirements: Experience working with hydrogel biomaterials as cell culture platforms. Familiarity with mammalian cell culture techniques. Ability to monitor cellular changes in response to biomaterials. Mentorship/leadership experience. Previous experience writing grant applications and obtaining funding.

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 18625

When applying, applicants must include: A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications A current Resume/CV The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for 3-5 professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document

Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.
Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Denver
Department: U0001 — DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS – 30214 – CEDC-Bioengineering
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Apr 15, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing
Posting Contact Name: Chelsea Magin, PhD
Posting Contact Email:
Position Number: 00050302

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Contact Information

  • Chelsea Magin
    University of Colorado Denver
    12700 E. 19th Avenue
    Ms C272
    Aurora, CO 80045
  • 3037243344


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