Colorado State University Postdoctoral Fellow-Tsunoda Lab in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow-Tsunoda Lab

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 201800666AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range 47,500 to 52,000

Desired Start Date 01/01/2019

Position End Date (if temporary) 12/31/2019

Open Posting Date 07/21/2018

Open Until Filled Yes

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 09/17/2018

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Biomedical Sciences: This interdisciplinary department contains over 25 faculty with strong international reputations and a track record of extramural support. Relevant faculty research interests are focused in cellular, molecular and integrative neurobiology with emphasis in areas related to neuronal excitability and physiology, synaptic circuitry, function and plasticity. The department is highly interactive and offers postdoctoral fellows a friendly but rigorous learning environment. There is ample opportunity for informal interactions between fellows and faculty, thus encouraging the kind of discussions and collaborations that are critical to success in the cutting-edge atmosphere of modern biomedical research. Program faculty members are housed in research buildings with state-of-the-art equipment. All of the training faculty members have laboratories that are within relatively close proximity. University facilities that support research efforts include electron microscopes, flow cytometer and fluorescent activated cell sorter, confocal microscopes, DNA, RNA and protein sequencing and syntheses labs, a mass spectrometer lab, and facilities for genomics, preoteomics, and transgenic animal research. The hard work of research is balanced by the unique opportunity to enjoy the mountains and canyons of beautiful Colorado.

Position Summary

The Tsunoda laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University is seeking a post-doctoral researcher for studies in the areas of synaptic physiology, and the regulation of ion channels. This laboratory combines electrophysiological approaches with molecular, cellular, biochemical, and genetic techniques in Drosophila as a model organism. The postdoctoral fellow will perform a variety of types of electrical recordings, including voltage and current-clamp recordings, to examine neuronal excitability, action potential firing, and synaptic signaling.

Required Job Qualifications

Ph.D. in Neuroscience (or closely related) and a minimum of 3 years of work experience in electrophysiology.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience with voltage-clamp, current-clamp, brain slice preparations, and synaptic recording.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research


Design and perform research experiments planned in collaboration with PI. Analyze, document and present results. Electrical Recordings from Drosophila neurons either in primary cultures, or in situ. For primary neurons, this involves the daily making of neuronal cultures, maintenance of cultures, and recordings which are made 3-5 days a week, from 4-8 hours/day. For in situ recordings, brain/CNS dissections will be made for recordings. Data analyses/figure making —this involves analyzing recordings using specialized software; this is done about once a week..

Percentage Of Time 90

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Training of Lab Personnel


Training of graduate students in techniques of electrophysiology.

Percentage Of Time 5

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Scientific Writing


Contribute to the writing/figure-making of grants and manuscripts.

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should address the minimum and preferred qualifications in the cover letter; specifically the amount and depth of electrophysiology experience.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

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

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EEO Statement

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The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) 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 (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will 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

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

Optional Documents