Postdoctoral research position – Available

Who we are:

We are a collaborative group of scientists excited about genetics, genomics, and developmental biology. We explore how genome regulatory mechanisms orchestrate embryonic development, maintain the health of adult tissues, and become dysregulated during cancer. We use the nematode model organism Caenorhabditis elegans as well as mammalian cell lines and neuronal tissue.

We are interested in understanding how gene regulatory networks are controlled to produce diverse cell fates and to pattern developing embryos. Specifically for the projects involved with this postdoctoral work, we are interested in 1) elucidating mechanisms that drive mRNA localization in the early embryo, 2) determining how translational control and mRNA decay relate to mRNA localization, 3) characterizing different classes of RNP (ribonucleoprotein) particles of the early embryo, and 4) understanding how RNA localization is linked to developmental outcomes. Our research strategy combines hypothesis-driven experimentation with systems-level analytics. We develop and utilize cutting edge techniques such as high-throughput sequencing and single-molecule-resolution microscopy. Most researchers in our lab perform both benchtop and computational projects. This presents a unique opportunity to gain expertise in molecular biology and computational skills.

Our lab is located on the beautiful campus of Colorado State University in lovely Fort Collins. Colorado State University is a thriving public research university with competitive research and teaching endeavors. Located along the Front Range, we are part of a larger research community that encompasses University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and the University of Wyoming.

Fort Collins is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the US and boasts world class outdoor activities.


Who we need:

A postdoctoral researcher position is available. The candidate will spearhead a project investigating how gene expression dynamics occur in the early embryo of nematode worms. Several avenues of research are available to address novel mechanisms of gene expression regulation, mRNA localization, translational control, mRNA degradation, cell fate specification, and gene regulatory networks. These projects are funded by an award from the National Institutes of Health (MIRA R35 award, NIGMS). The position affords opportunities to springboard into academic, industry, or alternative career pathways.


Required qualifications:

  • PhD in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry computational biology, or another related field
  • Experience as a laboratory scientist
  • Strong letters of recommendation that address scientific rigor and skills
  • Good publication history with proficiency in scientific writing and figure generation
  • Good interpersonal skills working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Enthusiasm for science


Optional qualifications:

  • Computational biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Public speaking
  • Mentoring and teaching interest and experience


Proposed details:

  • $47,000 – $50,000, based on experience.
  • Benefits eligible
  • Full time
  • Available immediately with negotiable start date
  • Initial appointment for one year with extension based on performance and funding
  • Job site is on the main campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO


A complete application consists of:

  • A cover letter that includes (1) a statement of your qualifications, (2) a statement of your previous research experience, (3) a statement of your future goals.
  • A resume or CV (must include references to any publications, if available)
  • Copies of recent publications
  • Please e-mail application to
  • reference PDSEARCH103 in the subject


The successful applicant will need to provide as part of the hiring process:

  • Contact information for three referees
  • A background check


Diversity statement:

  • Our lab group is committed to fostering an inclusive environment free from discrimination and harassment, one that celebrates the diverse personalities and backgrounds of its members.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement of Colorado State University: CSU 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.