University of Colorado, Denver: Postdoctoral position in Evolutionary Physiology

The Ragland lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado, Denver is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to contribute to a new NSF-funded project on the thermal sensitivity of transcriptional dynamics, with the goal of better understanding the evolutionary interplay between plasticity and evolution. In addition, the postdoc will have opportunities to develop new lines of inquiry and to work with collaborators at multiple institutions.

Broader impacts are integral to this project, and the successful candidate will also work with Greg Ragland and Laurel Hartley (also in Integrative Biology) on the development and deployment of a Course Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) aimed at improving participation and representation in STEM research. This would be an excellent opportunity for those interested in broadening both their research repertoire and their teaching experience to prepare for a future faculty position. The Office of Inclusive Excellence in STEM offers supporting resources, including opportunities for specific training in inclusive pedagogy.

The position is fully funded for three years at the NIH pay scale and can start as early as June 2021. Ideally, applicants will have a solid background in either evolutionary biology, genetics, or comparative/ecological physiology, and in one or both of two areas: 1) bioinformatic and statistical analysis of ‘omics data sets, or 2) wet lab molecular biology, particular as it relates to NGS library preparation. Strong scientific curiosity and a collaborative mindset are a must. 

The Ragland lab is broadly interested in comparative and evolutionary physiology, the genomic architecture of rapid adaptation, and adaptation in variable environments (see We are a friendly and diverse group who ask questions that cross biological disciplines and collaborate broadly to tackle these questions from multiple angles. We encourage a welcoming and inclusive environment and like to mix in some play with work, taking advantage of the world class outdoor opportunities on the Front Range and the fantastic city amenities in Denver (the former more than the latter these days). There will also be opportunities to interact with students, postdocs, and faculty at the CU Denver medical campus and other nearby universities in the Rocky Mountain region.

Application review will begin 3 May and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a pdf file including 1) A brief cover letter outlining your experience, goals, and fit for the position, 2) CV, and 3) 1 – 2 representative publications or pre-prints to Greg Ragland at Informal inquiries welcome.