Basic/Translational Scientist Faculty

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. Full benefits package.
July 27 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Orthopedics is actively searching for a mid-career scientist with an interest in basic and/or translational research related to musculoskeletal disorders.  Applicants should have a strong record of research funding and publication.  The successful candidate will be expected to continue an independent research program with their current grant funding and with a future of sustainable funding potential and programmatic growth within the department. Research will include wet bench laboratory work and may also include bioengineering and potentially clinical investigation. A broad range of musculoskeletal research activities is acceptable provided there is an emphasis on eventual clinical applicability/translation of research. This faculty appointment would ideally be at the Associate Professor level (other levels considered).

The University of Colorado Denver is located on a new $2.5 billion dollar campus that combines state of the art medical facilities and basic science research. The Department of Orthopedics has several laboratories for basic research (Stem Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biomechanics, and Gait and Movement Analysis). The department conducts basic, translational, and clinical research on adult reconstruction, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fracture repair, growth plate repair, lower back pain, scoliosis, metabolism, prosthesis design and other orthopedic topics. Research is conducted by junior and senior faculty members, residents, medical students and graduate students.

Minimum requirements:

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have received a PhD, DVM, MD, DO or from an accredited institution
  • Must be eligible to submit applications to NIH, NSF, and DOD funding agencies
  • Must complete the application requirements listed below

Preferred qualifications:

  • Ability to move with research funds
  • Experience mentoring of trainees and junior faculty


  • Strong support and collaboration from orthopedic clinical faculty
  • Wet bench laboratory space
  • Biomechanics laboratory
  • Animal facilities
  • A large number of core facilities that provide additional technical support to advance research

Local intellectual support and collaborative opportunities

  • Within the University of Colorado Denver including other departments such as Bioengineering, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Pediatrics and more.
  • On the Anschutz Medical Campus including other institutes such as University Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the Veterans Affairs.
  • Nearby such as our Downtown Campus, CU Boulder, University of Denver, Colorado School of Mines, and Colorado State University (including School of Veterinary Medicine).


  • Continue to actively obtain substantial research funds
  • Collaboration with Orthopedic faculty
  • Attendance at monthly faculty meetings, monthly Grand Rounds, and Annual Faculty Retreat
  • Participation in department and institutional committees
  • 2-3 lectures per year to residents and other CU students/trainees
  • Mentoring of trainees and junior faculty
  • Membership in the University of Colorado Medicine (formerly UPI)
  • Abide by State of Colorado rules and policies.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A complete and current curriculum vitae
  • 3 page scientific proposal of your research program including its relevance to the mission of the Colorado Department of Orthopedics
  • A description of your current career goals, your 5-year career goals and your 10-year career goals
  • Statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy (~500 words)
  • Names and contact information of at least 3 references