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Colorado State University Postdoctoral Fellow (gut microbiome) in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow (gut microbiome)

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202000973AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $48,000-$56,000 commensurate w/experience plus comprehensive benefits

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) and the State of Colorado are committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time classified employees in the following University benefit areas.

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 02/15/2021

Description of Work Unit

This position is affiliated with the CSU microbiome network and the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. The CSU microbiome network is a community of scholars interested in understanding the functional and structural basis of microbiomes, and their ecological relevance, and applications to host (human, animal, plant) and environmental systems. The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences faculty, staff, and students use cutting-edge computational, laboratory, and field based research to develop solutions to solve the most pressing issues related to Earth and its ecosystems.

Position Summary

A postdoctoral position with a focus on the gut microbiome is available in the laboratory of Dr. Kelly Wrighton. This position is part of a National Institutes of Health (NIAID) R01 supported research effort that investigates chemical and microbiological changes that occur temporally during inflammation induced by diet or pathogen (Salmonella) invasion. The successful post-doctoral candidate will perform computational and statistical analysis on the murine and human microbiome to understand microbial interactions with health and disease.

This job will entail applying and developing methods for data mining and machine learning in multi-omic data from the murine and human gut. The objective of the ongoing research is to identify features of the microbiome (16S amplicon, shotgun metagenomic, and shotgun metatranscriptomic sequencing) to discover taxa, gene families, enzymes, and/or pathways associated with various phenotypes, exposures, and/or outcomes. There will be regular interactions with internal and external contacts, including collaborators and their laboratories who provide expertise in metabolomics and Salmonella pathogenesis. Optional mentoring duties include PhD or Masters students in the laboratory, while optional teaching duties include the development of guest lectures in Dr. Wrighton’s classes and short course workshops.

Required Job Qualifications

• PhD in microbiology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, computational biology or closely related field by the beginning of the appointment • Using genome sequence data to perform metabolic reconstruction of microbial isolates or communities • Proficiency in running command line bioinformatics tools including those used for (meta)genome assembly, genome binning, metatranscriptome analyses, and read mapping; proficiency in Unix. • Experience with multivariate statistics in R • Experience working in a high performance computing environment (e.g. using job schedulers like slurm/torque) • A strong record of publication related to the use of microbial genome-resolved techniques • Excellent work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and in a team. • The applicant must be able to communicate effectively with other professionals, especially those outside the applicant’s discipline.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Experience with animal models or cross-sectional human cohorts • Knowledge of Salmonella pathogenesis or other pathogen models • Microbiological laboratory techniques related to bacterial/archaeal isolations or enrichments (anaerobic / aerobic) cultures

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research


Microbiome data collection, analysis, and presentation. Presentations will include oral and written, at project, university, and national meetings.

Percentage Of Time 60

Job Duty Category Authorship


Lead and contribute to writing of annual reports, grants, and first-author (2-3 publications to journals with high impact factors).

Percentage Of Time 25

Job Duty Category Mentoring


Partial mentorship responsibilities for a graduate student working on this project in the Wrighton laboratory. Providing assistance to other laboratory members in microbiome bioinformatics pipelines (graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and research associates).

Percentage Of Time 15

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by 02/15/2021. Applicants should upload the following: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) contact information of three professional references, one of who is/was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s profession abilities. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Transcripts may be requested at a later date to confirm degree completion.

For inquiries about the position, contact Kelly Wrighton For additional information about the Wrighton laboratory, visit

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University 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. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

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Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

Optional Documents