University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder)

Postdoctoral Research Positions: Alzheimer's Disease; Traumatic Brain Injury

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO, United States

The Sleep and Neuroinflammation Research Laboratory in the Department of Integrative Physiology is seeking exceptional candidates for two (2) post-doctoral research positions. Projects focus on the role of sleep in the etiology of, or recovery from inflammatory disease.

Position 1: Sleep Disruption and the Etiology of Alzheimer’s Disease (CU Position # 00769503).

Position 2: Mechanisms Underlying Traumatic Brain Injury-induced Alterations in Sleep (CU Position # 00670473).

Ideal candidates will have a strong background in neuroscience and experience using mouse models of sleep and/or neuroinflammation and/or neurodegenerative disease. In addition, candidates should demonstrate a deep commitment to doing high quality, innovative neuroscience, a record of research and publications in selective venues, a strong foundation in data analysis, and a commitment to working in a collaborative environment. Applicants must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Successful applicants will design and conduct experiments according to the aims funded by federal (NIH) and state agencies; collect and analyze data; prepare data for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals; travel to and present research results at relevant conferences; provide mentoring to undergraduate and graduate students; and assist in the development of future funding proposals.

Both projects use mouse models and a variety of approaches and neurobiological tools. Expertise in rodent behavioral assessment and histological methods for assessing neuroinflammation is highly desirable.

Who We Are

The Sleep and Neuroinflammation Laboratory’s (PI: Dr. Mark Opp) primary focus is to determine how chronic insufficient sleep induces, or contributes to inflammatory disease. Current research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the State of Colorado, and the University of Colorado Boulder.

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the flagship campus of the University of Colorado system and one of the top state-affiliated research universities in the United States. Biological, biomedical, and physical sciences are particular strengths of the CU Boulder campus. In addition to Integrative Physiology, the College of Arts and Sciences: Division of Natural Sciences houses numerous nationally recognized science departments including Physics, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and Chemistry/Biochemistry, along with several internationally renowned research institutes that provide access to shared core facilities.

Required Qualifications

Applicants are required to have received their PhD degree in a field relevant to neuroscience or before starting the position.

Application Process

Interested applicants are asked to send the following documents to Dr. Mark R. Opp ( and Amrita George (

  • A cover letter describing your research interests
  • CV, including (tentative) date of availability
  • PDFs of any publications you have authored or co-authored
  • A list of 4 – 5 references who are very familiar with your research work. These individuals may be contacted at a later time and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials. This information will be kept confidential.


Both positions are available immediately, and are funded for multiple years. Initial appointment will be for one (1) year, with the expectation of annual renewal for future years, dependent upon satisfactory job performance. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. The University of Colorado Boulder values a diverse academic community, in which every member may flourish. The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Postdoctoral Research Positions: Alzheimer's Disease; Traumatic Brain Injury