Assistant Professor

Denver, Colorado
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.
October 22 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Department of Integrative Biology

Physiology Systems Biology [Job Posting #17350]

The Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado Denver is seeking to hire a tenure-track faculty member in Physiology at the rank of Assistant Professor. The Department seeks a colleague who studies broadly defined physiological systems and processes at multiple levels of biological organization, using cutting-edge, contemporary approaches. Ideal candidates are those with active research programs and innovative approaches to research problems, experience with obtaining funding, and experience teaching. Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and equity of under-represented individuals in STEM, as we believe these traits strengthen our academic community.

About the University:

Located in downtown Denver, The University of Colorado Denver is Colorado’s only public urban research university. Our close connection with the nearby Anschutz Medical Campus offers access to state-of-the-art core facilities and cutting-edge medical research. CU Denver serves 15,000 students, and offers more than 100 degree programs across 8 schools and colleges.

The Biology Major is the largest undergraduate program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, serving approximately 2,000 undergraduates and emphasizing basic knowledge in biology ranging from cell and molecular biology to ecology and evolution, as well as the development of skill sets in the scientific method, critical thinking, and technical writing. Our PhD and Master’s programs in Integrative and Systems Biology encourage multi-disciplinary faculty participation from across the CU Denver Campus, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Competitive applicants will contribute to the CU Denver and the Department of Integrative Biology mission to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education. Our student body of 15,000 is diverse: for our undergraduates, 52% percent are women, 44% are students of color, and 51% of freshmen are 1st generation students. CU Denver is also listed on G.I. Jobs “Military Friendly Schools” list. CU Denver is a member of The National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, and a recipient of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Grant for enhancing equity in STEM education. Diversity and inclusion are embedded in all aspects of campus life, described further at:

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will establish an independent, externally funded research program involving our students in the area of physiology. The Department is particularly interested in candidates whose research programs utilize contemporary cellular and molecular approaches in their research program, and who are open to collaboration with existing faculty. Ideally, teaching responsibilities will support undergraduates in pre-Allied Health career fields (e.g., Physiology, Anatomy, Immunology, Cell Biology), as well as upper division or graduate level courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The successful candidate is also expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

Required qualifications:

A Ph.D. in the biological sciences or related field and a strong publication record are required. We encourage scientists with a broad range of physiology-related research questions and systems to apply. Model systems such as mice (BSL-1), frogs, worms, flies, yeast, or cultured cells would be appropriate, and ideally should complement current faculty interests.

Preferred qualifications:

Postdoctoral research, experience applying to national funding agencies, and experience with mentoring students and teaching are highly desirable qualifications.

Applications are submitted electronically at

Review of applications will begin on 15 December 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

For all positions, salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs and eligibility are available at

Complete applications must include:

  1. A cover letter addressing the position requirements, summarizing your qualifications, and describing how you will fit within the department;
  2. Full Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Research Statement describing research interests, accomplishments, and future plans (including funding potential);
  4. Teaching Statement describing teaching and mentoring philosophy, history of teaching and mentoring students, and potential course offerings in the Department;
  5. Evidence of past efforts and future plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion provided in the cover letter, research, and/or teaching statements;
  6. The names, addresses, and daytime phone numbers for three professional references.

Review of applications begins 15 December 2019 and continues until filled.  

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Christopher Phiel ( If you need an ADA accommodation to complete the application process, please call Human Resources at (303) 315-2700, Option 8.

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

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver 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.


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