Postdoctoral Fellow Position – University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dept. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

The laboratory of Dr. Olivia S. Rissland seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on leading edge questions in RNA biology. Our lab is in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and part of the newly formed RNA Bioscience Initiative at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Our lab studies mRNA decay—its connections with translation, its role during early embryogenesis, and its evolution in eukaryotes. We have projects looking at how translation elongation can alter mRNA stability and others investigating how mRNA decay during early Drosophila development is controlled. The long-term goal of our research program is to understand the molecular mechanisms linking translation and mRNA decay, especially in the context of disease and early development. Our research program is at the intersection of molecular biology, bioinformatics, developmental biology, and evolutionary biology, and we are looking for scientists who think RNA is as cool as we do.

Candidates will be expected to plan and execute independent work, write and submit fellowship applications, assist in writing and publishing experimental results, and contribute towards the atmosphere and culture of the lab.

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from under-represented minorities, including women, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, under-represented racial or ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities. We will make every effort to remove barriers to the success of the hired individual(s).


A successful candidate is highly motivated, has scientific curiosity, has strong interpersonal skills, and will contribute to the collegial atmosphere of the laboratory and the department.

Minimum requirements:

  • PhD in biology-related field
  • Strong record of productivity as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications in internationally recognized English language journals
  • Excellent communication skills in the English language
  • Experience in molecular biology and cell culture techniques
  • Experience in computational biology techniques is preferred but not required

Salary Range:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience, as well as NIH Guidelines.  The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package.  Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

Applications must contain the following and be submitted electronically via CUCareers

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of past research (one page)
  • Statement of your interest in the lab’s research program and your long term plans (one page).
  • Contact information for three references
  • Start date availability

For further details please send an email to

Special Notices to Applicants:

The University of Colorado at Denver is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.  Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process, and selection committee members may choose to contact work references other than those listed in your application during the search process.

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