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Post Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 8, 2024

Job Summary

The Institute for Behavioral Genetics has a post-doctoral training opportunity available through an NIH-funded T32 training grant administered through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Several investigators may serve as possible mentors for an outstanding candidate who wishes to further their training in behavior genetics. Projects include analyses of large human genetic datasets, mouse behavioral experiments and functional genetic/genomic studies aimed at uncovering and understanding the genetics and genomics of substance use disorders. For a listing of faculty and their research, please visit .

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Institute for Behavioral Genetics (IBG) is one of the world’s leading institutes for genetic research on behavior. Internationally renowned research projects include the Colorado Adoption Project, the Colorado Twin Study, and Longitudinal Twin Study, the Colorado Learning Disabilities Research Center, the Colorado Drug Research Center, and the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. IBG also is home to a DNA repository (about 40K samples) for research on human behavior. In addition, research at IBG includes studies with behaviorally and genetically defined lines of selected, recombinant inbred, transgenic, knockout and knock-in mice and rats. Current research areas include aging, alcohol use, behavioral development, brain structure and function, cognitive abilities and executive functions, drug abuse, evolution, neurodegenerative disease, nicotine dependence, nicotinic receptors, opioids, personality, psychopathology, reading and learning disabilities, and synaptic plasticity.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Responsibilities will include conducting addiction-relevant research under the mentorship of an IBG faculty member.
  • Duties will involve experimental design, data analyses, reporting of results through conference presentations and publications, and participation in training grant-required events such as the weekly IBG Journal Club and the annual IBG mini-conference and IBG poster day.
  • Other duties will depend on the chosen lab and may include the supervision of junior lab members, serving as lab manager, assisting with grant proposal preparation, etc.
What You Should Know
  • Must have Ph.D. or equivalent degree and start by June 30, 2024
  • This position is restricted to US Citizens or Green Card holders because of the funding source, but applicants from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
What We Can Offer
  • The salary range will be from $56,484 to $66,228, based on years of experience as defined by the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipends NOT-OD-23-076 for T32 Training grants.
  • This position is for 1-3 years depending on progress.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, Genetics or related field (by the time of start date).
  • Expertise in some of these areas: human statistical genetics, mouse behavioral genetics, neuroscience, imaging genetics.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Publications in the area of the proposed postdoctoral training.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter that describes your research interests and a list of IBG faculty with whom you are interested in training.
  3. List of 3 References
  4. OPTIONAL- Research Paper: Please include 1-3 published papers relevant to your skills and interests combined into 1 Single PDF.

A letter of recommendation will be requested during the review process.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until May 31, 2024

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Jerry Stitzel

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