Research Instructor

University of Colorado - Aurora, CO

University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Research Instructor

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.

SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT: School of Medicine/Department of Immunology and Microbiology

HIRING UNIT: Laurel Lenz Laboratory



Overall Description of Responsibility or Nature of Work

This position reports directly to Dr. Laurel L. Lenz. The main responsibility of the position is to perform research and to prepare oral and written reports related to and generated during the course of this research. The Instructor will also assist in the preparation of grant proposals and to assist in the supervision of investigations carried out by graduate students and professional research assistants.

The individual hired into this research faculty instructor position will study the regulation and molecular features of innate immune cell populations and their response in the context of inflammation associated with infections and other perturbations of the mammalian immune system. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Immunology or a related field, be familiar with molecular techniques and the study of murine models of the immune response to infection, tumors, or other initiators of acute or chronic inflammation. The individual will

Specific Position Duties with Percentages of Time

Research (80%):
Pursue research goals established by the head of the laboratory.
Design, execute, and interpret experiments.
Collaborate with other groups to obtain or use new technologies.
Contribute as assigned to maintenance of mouse colonies.
Accurately collect and maintain up-to-date records of experimental data in a format accessible to the laboratory head.
Ensure that generated or acquired reagents (plasmids, cell lines and other biological reagents) are properly documented, logged, and stored in the laboratory.
Optimize and troubleshoot laboratory protocols to overcome technical limitations.
Review, develop and implement new or modified laboratory techniques required for research projects.
Participate in ensuring that the laboratory remains stocked with common laboratory supplies, equipment is properly maintained and serviced, and other general functions necessary for the operation of the laboratory are taken care of in a timely fashion.
Diagnose and solve system/software problems, install applications software as related to research needs.
Analyze experimental results and prepare data for publication in peer-reviewed journals and for presentation at scientific meetings.
Maintain a neat and orderly laboratory.
Complete University laboratory safety training and maintain University certification to work with hazardous chemicals, infectious agents, recombinant DNA molecules, animals, and human materials.
Follow all University guidelines regarding the management of chemical and infectious waste.

Research Reporting and Grantsmanship (15%):
Assist the faculty mentor with the writing and editing of scientific manuscripts and grant applications.
Meet with the Principal Investigator periodically to troubleshoot issues that arise, review data, and assess project progress.
Analyze experimental results and prepare data for publication in peer-reviewed journals and for presentation at scientific meetings.
Present data in formal settings as required, including but not limited to laboratory meetings, departmental seminars and journal clubs, institutional forums, and national and international scientific conferences, meetings, and workshops.

Supervision and Training (5%):
Train, supervise and provide guidance to laboratory student workers, medical or graduate students, professional research assistants, or other laboratory personnel as assigned by the head of the laboratory.
Perform all other duties as assigned. The position requires-

Excellent communication and organizational skills.
The ability to work independently and collaboratively within a research team.
Computer software or technical skills.
Publication of work in peer-reviewed journals.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary 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.

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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:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD in Immunology or related field.
At least 5 years of postdoctoral research experience in Immunology or related field
Prior evidence of research productivity in the field of Immunology, as indicated by four or more authored publications - at least two as first-author.

Desired or preferred:
Expertise in inflammation and study of inflammation/immunity using murine models.
Expertise in studies involving pathogenic bacteria.
Expertise in studies involving tumor models.
Expertise in inflammation and myeloid cell biology.
Expertise in bioinformatics

Special conditions of employment:
This position may require effort outside of normal working hours.

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

Application Materials Instructions: APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 17311

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 three 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.