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Colorado State University Research Scientist/ Scholar I - Perera lab in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Research Scientist/ Scholar I - Perera lab

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202100017AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Resch Sci/Scholar I

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $50,000 - $60,000

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 02/07/2021

Description of Work Unit

The Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP) Department is comprised of over 400 individuals who share a common passion for solving some of the most important human and animal health problems today. Research programs include those related to mycobacteria, retroviruses, prions, and arthropod-borne infectious diseases, as well as the diagnostic investigation of naturally-occurring animal diseases. A leader in education, MIP provides the only microbiology undergraduate degree program in Colorado, a graduate program that provides training in a number of cutting-edge disciplines, and several specialized veterinary residency training programs.

Position Summary

This Research Scientist will work on one of the major research objectives of Dr. Perera’s laboratory focused on utilizing metabolomics to understand virus-host metabolic interactions and use metabolic pathways to interfere with viral diseases. They will conduct advanced research on this topic, handle the day-to-day supervision and training of students, Research Associates and post-doctoral fellows as well as some of the management and administrative aspects (decision making, report, grant/fellowship application and publication writing, etc) of this program.

Required Job Qualifications

Research doctorate degree, 2+ years of mass spectrometry experience

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience in metabolomics and infectious disease

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 Conducting Independent and Collaborative Research


Fulfill the research stated in Dr. Perera’s funded research, including completion of the laboratory research, data analysis, preparation of scientific manuscripts, delivering scientific presentations, and preparation of new and renewal grant applications

Percentage Of Time 80

Job Duty Category Project Management


Ensure scientific progress on the proposed research, manage financial resources, and complete required progress reports

Percentage Of Time 10

Job Duty Category Supervision of students, Research Associates and Post-doctoral fellows


Manage any student, Research Associate and post-doc assistance with conducting the proposed research under the funded NIH grant.

Percentage Of Time 10

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and names and contact of three professional references.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials - BSL-3

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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

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

    Optional Documents