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Colorado State University Postdoctoral Fellow - Jessica Elf Lab in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow - Jessica Elf Lab

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202100001AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $55,000-65,000; Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications

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 02/14/2021

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences (ERHS) houses academic, research and clinical programs that address the promotion of human and animal health. The mission of the department is to deliver excellent education in environmental and radiological health to prepare students to contribute to society; to conduct state of the art research in human and animal health focusing on environmental exposures and clinical applications; and to promote excellence in outreach and service to the citizens of Colorado, the United States, and globally through information transfer, research, continuing education and technical assistance. ERHS is unique in its multifactorial approach to disease that involves chemical, physical, and biological factors. ERHS provides undergraduate and graduate programs leading to BS, MS and PhD degrees.

Position Summary

The overall responsibility of this position will be to assist in the development, implementation, analysis and interpretation, and dissemination of research on the epidemiology and health impacts of air pollution exposure and tobacco use among people with HIV in the United States as well as in India and South Africa. This position has the following primary responsibilities: proposal development, project management and field team supervision (in-person and via regular web meetings), coordination of field data collection and logistics (exposure and health outcomes protocols), preparation of regulatory materials, data management and analysis, and results interpretation and dissemination, including presentations at seminars and conferences and manuscript preparation for peer-reviewed publication. The fellow will also have the opportunity to be involved in manuscript preparation using data from completed and ongoing studies; opportunities for both lead and co-authorship available. The successful candidate will travel to South Africa 2-3 times per year – spending approximately 6-8 weeks in total each year in South Africa – to execute these responsibilities, pending COVID-19 related travel restrictions. The postdoctoral fellow is also encouraged to assist in mentoring graduate students in epidemiology, statistical data analysis, and interpretation of results. Finally, the postdoctoral fellow will assist Dr. Elf in writing grant applications for future projects. The fellow will be encouraged to develop new research in related areas and to submit proposals as PI to support this research.

Required Job Qualifications

Doctoral degree in epidemiology, global health, environmental health, or closely related field. Applicants must have the required degree by date of hire.

Preferred Job Qualifications

International field data experience in low-resourced settings

Strong data management and analysis skills/abilities

Demonstrated written and oral communication skills

Organizational and time management skills

The ability to work independently and within collaborative teams

Experience with human subjects research

Primary data collection and analyses of health-related data

Statistical analysis experience

Experience with vulnerable and/or disparate populations

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 Project Management


Support projects on human exposure to air pollution and tobacco and health-related outcomes among people with HIV and tuberculosis. Develop study protocols and conduct training of field staff that ensure data quality and robustness and that are compliant with national and federal requirements. Coordinate paperwork for progress reports and regulatory reviews pertaining to the projects.

Percentage Of Time 30

Job Duty Category Research Analysis


Analyze collected data on exposure and health outcomes; design and conduct statistical inference testing on multi-variable data; develop and conduct quality control protocols to ensure data robustness and data quality; create data summaries and visualizations.

Percentage Of Time 30

Job Duty Category Results synthesis and dissemination


Preparation of abstracts and peer-reviewed publications.

Percentage Of Time 20

Job Duty Category Proposal development


Contribute to grant proposal development.

Percentage Of Time 20

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit electronically a cover letter; CV; and 3 professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. For full consideration, materials must be submitted by February 14, 2021.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Travel - South Africa

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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.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

Optional Documents