Postdoctoral Fellow - Barfield Lab

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
10 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Fellow - Barfield Lab Research  

Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 201700914AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional Number of Vacancies 1 Work Hours/Week 40 Proposed Annual Salary Range Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Desired Start Date 01/01/2018 Position End Date (if temporary) 12/31/2018 Open Posting Date Open Until Filled Yes To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/01/2017

Description of Work Unit

The Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory (ARBL) and the Equine Reproduction Laboratory (ERL) are recognized as one of the first 16 Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence (PRSE) at Colorado State University (CSU). The vision of the ARBL/ERL PRSE is to be a world-class center that fosters advancement in reproductive health for animals and humans through integrative research and training. This internationally known program has an administrative home in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, but also includes faculty members from other departments in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) and the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS). A team approach is used to identify problems, determine approaches and conduct research. The ARBL is devoted to helping animals, people and the planet and champions CVMBS values of accountability, collaboration, team and transparency.
The ARBL service centers (Morphological Services: Light and Electron Microscopy, Reproductive Endocrinology Diagnostics, and Large and Small Animal Care) and the ERL are unique. The ARBL also manages care and housing of hundreds of large research animals (horses, cattle, sheep, goats, bison, camels, and pigs) on the CSU foothills campus. The ERL is a program of international excellence within the ARBL and after completion of construction of a state of the art facility, is positioned to be the best equine reproduction program in the world.

Graduate student funding opportunities are supported at the ARBL through competitive research grants, USDA National Needs Fellowships, several scholarships and clinical income. For this reason, experience in training and placing graduate students is desirable. Additional information on the ARBL/ERL and the Department of Biomedical Sciences can be found at:

The Department of Biomedical Sciences houses strong and diverse research programs in reproductive biology, neuroscience and cardiovascular science, with outstanding resources and opportunities for collaboration. The clinical program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is among the best in the nation, with outstanding facilities and faculty, and includes highly successful bovine, equine and other large animal clinical sections.

Position Summary

The postdoctoral fellow will conduct research on early embryo development and micromanipulation of embryos from large animals. This includes bovine embryo handling, in vitro embryo production and evaluation, and basic molecular techniques such as PCR and immunofluorescent staining of cells. The position involves critical scientific thinking and creativity in the design, conduct and analysis of experiments.

Required Job Qualifications

  • PhD degree in reproductive physiology, large animal reproduction or related field.
  • Experience in reproductive biology, embryology, cell culture and/or in vitro embryo production.
  • Experience with embryo micromanipulation systems.
  • Must have an interest in comparative reproduction.
  • Working knowledge of SAS or similar statistic program and experimental design.
  • An established publication record in reproductive physiology or related area.
  • Comfortable working in slaughterhouses or similar environments.
  • Critical scientific thinking and creativity; ability to design, conduct and analyze experiments.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Willingness to help others and to function as a team member.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience with cattle or other large animal embryo production.
  • Technical expertise with PCR, genotyping, cell culture, and immunofluorescent cell staining and analysis.
  • Ability to troubleshoot in vitro embryo production systems based on a thorough understanding of the equipment and requirements for running an IVF lab.
  • Experience in ultrasound of bovine reproductive tracts, artificial insemination and embryo transfer.
  • Experience handling cattle or other large animals.
  • Experience teaching graduate students in a lab setting.
  • Evidence of teaching experience in assisted reproductive technologies, reproductive physiology, or related area.

Diversity Statement

•Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

Collect research material from regional slaughterhouses. Produce experimental embryos derived in vitro. Perform micromanipulation techniques with embryos, and immunoflourescent staining and analysis of cells within embryos. Perform molecular techniques such as PCR and genotyping of cells. Prepare manuscripts, abstracts, posters, platform talks and grant proposals.
-Contribution to other projects in the laboratory as a collaborator and team member.

Percentage Of Time 80 Job Duty Category Lab Supervision Duty/Responsibility

Supervise hourly employees, graduate students, undergraduates and rotating research students in the lab. Supervise the day-to-day lab operations.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Research Project Management Duty/Responsibility

Write detailed research protocols and formal reports. Interpret experimental results. Record research data. Oversee maintenance of laboratory regulatory compliance, including but not limited to CSU Animal Care and Use, Hazardous Waste, Controlled Substances, Biosafety, and Radiation Control. Responsible for maintenance of lab equipment and supplies for research and monitoring research account expenditures.

Percentage Of Time 10 Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants 

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a curriculum vitae, and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Barfield at

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires) Search Contact Dr. Jennifer Barfield at 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.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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.

References Requested 

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Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents