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Biomedical or Public Health Research Scientist

Colorado State University - Pueblo
81001, Pueblo (US)
Date posted
Mar 6, 2024

Job Details

The ICR is an official State of Colorado research organization hosted by Colorado State University Pueblo. The ICRs mission is to generate new knowledge of cannabis and its derivatives through research and education that improves lives and contributes to science, medicine, and society. The Institute of Cannabis Research (ICR) is responsible for implementing cannabis research and dissemination of cannabis research results through initiatives including, but not limited to, hosting an international cannabis research conference, and the publication of its research journal, Journal of Cannabis Research.

Description of Job

The Research Scientist reports to the Director of the ICR. The individual in this position is expected to conduct unbiased research that advances our understanding of cannabis, its potential applications, and/or impacts on people and society. Specifically, the Research Scientist will be expected to lead research efforts focused on medical research related to cannabis or public health research related to cannabis. The Research Scientist will be provided a base research budget but is expected to develop an externally funded research program. The Research Scientist will be encouraged to collaborate with researchers external to the ICR/CSU Pueblo as well as to provide research opportunities for students.

Primary Duties
Maintains an active research program in biomedical or public health research related to cannabis and supporting the work of the Institute of Cannabis Research

Prepares applications for external funding from state, federal, and international agencies to support cannabis research under their direction and in collaboration with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Publishes the results of the research as the lead author or collaborates on manuscripts published in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Develops and maintains collaborative partnerships/relations with academic and non-academic researchers within the state of Colorado, and possibly beyond the state. This includes active collaboration with ICR researchers. Evaluates research opportunities with collaborating organizations as a representative of the ICR.

Maintains currency with cannabis research within and peripheral to their area of research expertise. Advises the ICR, its Director, and possibly its Governing Board on relevant new research, research trends, and policies that are within their area of expertise.

Represents the ICR as a member of the Cannabis Research Conference Program Planning Committee, and actively participates in ICR events.

Ancillary Duties
Other assignments and events as assigned by the Director.

Salary Range

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in a field relevant to biomedical or public health research (broadly defined) that can be applied to cannabis- related research. Doctoral Candidates that are ABD will be considered, but the degree must be completed within 6 months of the appointment date.
  • Evidence of strong writing skills to communicate with peer and lay audiences
  • Project management experience
  • Experience in a position or activity that required the ability to form and maintain professional research collaborations
  • Experience in a position or activity that required knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analysis and skills in their application
  • Experience in a position or activity that required the ability to manage multiple projects in a timely fashion in a fast-paced environment with competing time demands
  • Experience with presentations at national conferences, and at academic and professional settings
  • Experience in a position or activity that required strong ability to communicate verbally with peer and lay audiences

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of success in securing external funding (e.g. NSF and NIH) and scholarly productivity (publications in peer reviewed literature)
  • Experience directing/managing others in a research setting
  • Cannabis research experience
  • Experience managing research grants at the college or university level
  • Experience with IRB, IACUC, or other similar research boards/governing bodies


Supplemental Information

 All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system.

 No other format of application materials will be accepted.


Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 

  • a letter of intent (cover letter) detailing the extent to which you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position
  • a brief (2-page, max) summary of your intended biomedical or public health cannabis-related research plan 
  • a current resume or CV
  • unofficial or official transcripts showing required degree conferred
  • Additionally, applicants must include current contact information for three professional references, either within the online application or as an attachment.

    Applications submitted without the required attachments/information above will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

    Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until filled; applications received by 11pm Sunday, March 17th, 2024, will receive full consideration.

    About Colorado State University Pueblo
    Colorado State University Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students.  CSU Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small student-to-faculty ratio for an ever-changing global economy.
    Students can choose from 38 undergraduate programs with 70 fields of study in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; the Hasan School of Business, the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and the College of Health, Education, and Nursing; and 15 graduate programs.
     CSU Pueblo is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world. CSU Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution.  Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students.  
     Among its unique features, CSU Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of STEM houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.  CSU Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.
     At CSU Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience.  Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.

    Colorado State University Pueblo offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

    • Medical and prescription insurance
    • Dental insurance 
    • Vision insurance 
    • Flexible benefit plan 
    • Basic term life insurance 
    • Voluntary term life and AD&D lnsurance 
    • Long-term disability insurance 
    • Employee assistance program 
    • Travel accident insurance 
    • Voluntary critical illness and accident insurance 
    • Annual and sick leave
    • Retirement plans
    • Employee and dependent tuition discounts
    • State employee discounts via BenefitHub

           Other incentives include various on-campus event, recreation, and meal discounts.


    About Pueblo, Colorado 
    The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year-round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west.  The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.
    CSU Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.
    The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.
     Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.
     It is the policy of Colorado State University Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Office of  Human Resources& Institutional Equity at (719) 549-2441 or
     In compliance with the Clery Act of 1990, the University's annual security report is available at: 


Colorado State University Pueblo (CSU Pueblo) is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world. CSU-Pueblo’s success will be measured by the resilience, agility, and problem-solving abilities of our diverse student population and the ways in which our graduates are able to navigate work in a rapidly changing world.
Our work is driven by eight guiding principles. At CSU Pueblo, we strive to:
Develop people who have meaningful lives and make significant contributions to their families, communities, and world.
Transform learning and create new opportunities by reimagining academic experiences.
Live sustainably and dedicate resources and focus toward programs and policies that support sustainable living.
Cultivate entrepreneurship by creating educational, economic, cultural, and global innovators
Engage place and embraces our regional histories, diverse cultures, socioeconomic realities, and physical location.
Build knowledge by advancing research and scholarship that serves the public good.
Empower students and promote whole-student success in and out of the classroom.
Impact society and elevate the region through our commitment to the health and well-being of our people and our communities.

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