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University of Colorado CIRES/Copley Lab Post-Doctoral Researcher in Boulder, Colorado

CIRES/Copley Lab Post-Doctoral Researcher

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Copley Lab at CU Boulder encourages applications for a Post-Doctoral Researcher! This position will carry out experiments sought at understanding the recruitment of promiscuous enzymes to serve new functions and how the different genome contents of different bacteria affect the evolutionary potential of promiscuous enzymes. The work will be carried out in the Copley lab in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

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

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing the scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Genomic editing of bacteria to probe the levels of enzymes that are required for growth

  • Identification of the mechanisms by which growth can be restored in bacteria in which essential genes have been deleted

  • Determination of whether gene amplification occurs in different bacteria in which a promiscuous enzyme has been recruited to serve an essential function

  • Maintaining an electronic notebook describing experimental protocols and results

  • Participating in weekly meetings with the PI and other personnel working on the same project to share data and results

  • Preparation of manuscripts for publication

  • Mentoring of graduate students and undergraduate students in the laboratory

  • Presentation of experimental results in group meetings and at scientific meetings

What You Should Know

This position will be rostered in CIRES at CU Boulder but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305. If you are the selected finalist you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.


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 Microbiology

  • Previous laboratory experience in experimental evolution, cloning, and growth and genetic manipulation of diverse bacteria.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume or CV

  • Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

  • List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you.

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.

For full consideration, please apply by August 3, 2020.

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: Shelley Copley

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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.