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Post-doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado

Job Description


University of Colorado | CU Denver

Position location - CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Bioengineering / College of Engineering, Design and Computing

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Position #00726328 - Requisition #28176

  • Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

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Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

  • Anschutz Campus – Exemptions are allowed for medical or religious reasons.
  • Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.
  • Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Will follow Anschutz policy on exemptions.

The University of Colorado 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.

Department of Bioengineering has an opening for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

The University of Colorado Denver is the state’s premier public urban research university and equity-serving institution. Globally connected and locally invested, CU Denver partners with future-focused learners and communities to design accessible, relevant, transformative educational experiences for every stage of life and career. Across eight schools and colleges in the heart of downtown Denver, our leading faculty inspires and works alongside students to solve complex challenges through boundary-breaking innovation and impactful research and creative work. As part of the state’s largest university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with 2,000 employees and annual economic impact of more than $800 million. For more information, visit

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

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 (

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 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 communicate progress and results clearly and effectively 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 can 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.

Salary & Benefits

Salary will be based on the current NIH postdoctoral pay scale guidelines and has been established at $55,224.

Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at

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, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The 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 investigations for all prospective employees.


Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

  • 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.
  • Expertise in organic polymer synthesis.
  • Published work in peer-reviewed journals.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience with hydrogel biomaterial design.
  • Experience working with hydrogel biomaterials as cell culture platforms.
  • Familiarity with mammalian cell culture techniques.
  • Mentorship/leadership experience.
  • Previous experience writing grant applications and obtaining funding.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to characterize products of polymer synthesis.
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively within a research team.
  • Ability to monitor cellular changes in response to biomaterials.
Special Instructions to Applicants : Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Refer to requisition number: 28176.
Application Materials Required : Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References
Application Materials Instructions : Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit:
Job Category : Faculty
Primary Location : Denver
Department : U0001 - DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 30214 - CEDC-Bioengineering
Schedule : Full-time
Posting Date : Nov 16, 2022
Unposting Date : Ongoing
Position Number : 00726328

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