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Post-Doctoral Fellow - 30047 



University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: School of Dental Medicine, Department of Craniofacial Biology

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Position: # 00623578 Requisition: #30047

Job Summary:

Seeking a full-time, Postdoctoral Fellow to join a research laboratory within the Department of Craniofacial Biology, School of Dental Medicine. The successful candidate will contribute to projects in the Nair laboratory exploring antibacterial polymers for dental applications and the design of nanogels for drug delivery.

Key Responsibilities:

  •       Maintain laboratory databases, place laboratory orders and contribute to laboratory compliance.
  •       Responsibilities will include independent experiments that contribute to the laboratory’s goal of developing the next generation of antibacterial smart materials (For example, 1) design, formulate and synthesis  nanogels that are created specifically to encapsulate a drug or small-molecule, 2) Synthesize polymers to assess their regenerative capacity in vitro and in vivo, 3) characterize the performance of antibacterial coating on dental composites in vivo and 4) run cytocompatibility tests and MIC and MBC assay on common dental pathogens suing materials developed in the lab).
  •       Contribute to the labs exploratory research projects in stimuli-responsive dental materials.
  •       Contribute to peer-reviewed publications.

Why Join Us:

The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is nationally recognized for the quality of its educational programs, its interdisciplinary research and its excellent clinical care programs that contribute to the health and well-being of many of Colorado’s most underserved citizens. We are invested in creating career pathways, learning and development opportunities, and developing people infrastructures to support the workforce. 

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits-wellness .


Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado 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.



Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

  •       Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD.
  •      Minimum of four-years’ experience in a research, including the degree years. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  •       PhD in the field of pharmacological sciences with emphasis on drug delivery.
  •       Proven experience and familiarity with polymer and nanogel formulation and synthesis
  •       Proven experience with in vivo and in vitro assay
  •       Two or more first author publications/book chapters from degree work

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  •       Familiar with polymer synthesis and characterization
  •       Familiar with microbiology assays (in vivo and in vitro)
  •       Excellent communication skills and the ability to work across related disciplines within academia.


How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):

1.     A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position

2.     Curriculum vitae / Resume

3.     Five professional references including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address

Questions should be directed to: Laurine Szymanski at laurine.szymanski@cuanschutz.edu

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers .


Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately with a start date of July 1, 2023.


Anticipated Pay Range:

The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established as HIRING RANGE:

NIH Stipend levels:

Postdoctoral Career level 0: $56,484

Postdoctoral Career level 1: $56,880

Postdoctoral Career level 2: $57,300

Postdoctoral Career level 3: $59,592

Postdoctoral Career level 4: $61,572

Postdoctoral Career level 5: $63,852

Postdoctoral Career level 6: $66,228

Postdoctoral Career level 7 or more: $68,604

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. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation unless it is non-exempt.

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.

Total Compensation Calculator: http://www.cu.edu/node/153125


ADA Statement:

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 hr.adacoordinator@ucdenver.edu ?.


Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado 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.


Vaccination Statement:

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:

Anschutz: https://www.ucdenver.edu/docs/librariesprovider284/default-document-library/3000-general-admission/3012---covid-19-vaccination-requirement-and-compliance.pdf?sfvrsn=4e9df3ba_2

Unit-Specific Exemptions:

·        Anschutz Campus – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons.

The University of Colorado 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.


      Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References 
Job Category
: Faculty 
Primary Location
: Aurora 
Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 20425 - SDM-Craniofacial Biology 
: Full-time 
Posting Date
: May 24, 2023 
Unposting Date
: Ongoing 
Posting Contact Name: Laurine Szymanski 
Posting Contact Email: Laurine.Szymanski@cuanschutz.edu 
Position Number: 00623578

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