Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Abell Chair was endowed in 1980 by George Abell, a graduate and supporter of the College of Engineering. It has been held by several distinguished faculty members over the years. The College of Engineering has recently reallocated this Chair to promote the development of synthetic biology activities at Colorado State University. Synthetic Biology. Synthetic biology is an emerging field focused on the rational design of DNA molecules that meet user-specifications in different segments of the biotechnology market.

The Chair interacts with a vibrant synthetic biology community at Colorado State University that includes more than 25 faculty members on campus in many different academic departments, from mathematics and biology to computer science and veterinary medicine. The Chair is also interacting with a broad range of external partners including academic and industrial collaborators, funding agencies, and scientific journals. The Chair is located in the new, state-of-the-art Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building, which houses the Systems and Synthetic Biology (SSB) Research Pod. The SSB research pod is a collaborative research environment that promotes research and innovation among students and postdoctoral scholars.

Position Summary

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for the management and analysis of experimental data generated by the group research projects in systems and synthetic biology.

The data management aspect of the position involves the development of robust processes to ensure the seamless migration of large data sets from the instruments that generate them to a central storage location.
Involved in the development of processes to link data to the different components of the information systems by the research group including the LIMS and Electronic Laboratory Notebook.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is responsible for overseeing the development of data analysis workflows. This will entail working with experimentalists and software developers to specify what information needs to be extracted from raw data, manage relations with software developers and mathematical modelers, execute data analysis scripts on new data, and compare experimental data with predictions of mathematical models.

Required Job Qualifications

PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry, or other life science.

Five years of hands-on experience in molecular biology and development of gene expression vectors.

Demonstrated experience independently designing experiments, generating data, interpreting results and documenting work.

Demonstrated self-management, task planning and organization skills.

Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.

Experience managing laboratory operations.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Track record of peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals.

Demonstrated ability to use different media to communicate scientific and technical issues to different audiences including members of the general public.

Demonstrated ability to secure financial support of research projects.

Familiarity with resources used in bioinformatics including public databases, genome browsers, and other sources of bioinformatics data.

Familiarity with typical bioinformatics computing environment including Linux, Perl, and R.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

  • Develop data management processes and policies.
  • Contribute to the design and execution of experiments. Contribute or lead to the analysis of data generated by experiments.
  • Oversee the development of data analysis processes by acting as liaison between scientists generating data and computational biologists, bioinformaticians, and other software developers analyzing the data.
  • Keep laboratory notebook and other research records.
  • Lead or contribute to the writing of scientific articles.
  • Assist with the development of research proposals.
  • Train and advise undergraduate and graduate students.

Percentage Of Time 80 Job Duty Category Communication Duty/Responsibility

  • Update the content of the Peccoud Lab web site ( to communicate recent developments in the group to stakeholders inside and outside of CSU.
  • Use Search Engine Optimization techniques to develop new content with the goal of attracting new sponsors.
  • Manage the group presence in social media to promote the content of the group web site.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Laboratory Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Comply with existing Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Develop new Standard Operating Procedures as needed.
  • Actively participate in laboratory organization activities.
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety policies.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please provide copy of your CV/resume, a cover letter addressing your qualifications and experience related to the position, and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of the candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

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Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.