Research Associate

Full Time


Job Summary

The Department of Mechanical Engineering encourages applications for a Research Associate to work on a project on vascular biomaterials and graft engineering. The work is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and directed by Professor Tan (Vascular Bioengineering Laboratory, University of Colorado – Boulder). This position will work with a team that includes chemists, engineers, biologists, and clinicians. The ability to communicate across subject areas is essential.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Hands-on learning, sophisticated research, and an entrepreneurial spirit are defining the next generation of engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder. Students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering learn from a vibrant faculty conducting diverse research in consumer products, robotics, thermodynamics, energy, and the environment. We’re home to nearly 1,200 students in undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs.

We offer world-class facilities and an outstanding spirit for business and industry. CU Boulder is ranked the #18th most entrepreneurial university in the nation by Forbes Magazine (2015). We also have strong connections to multiple national laboratories located here in Boulder, providing real-world research opportunities for students.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Crafting, fabricating, and testing polymeric biomaterials
  • Imaging vascular matrices
  • Culturing cells
  • Studying vascular mechanobiology using PCR, immunofluorescent imaging, immunohistochemistry and western blot
  • Performing graft implantation and explant analysis

What You Should Know

This position is renewable annually for up to four years. The position is available immediately.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • Ph.D. in biomedical, materials, chemical, or mechanical engineering, applied physics, cell biology, or closely related field.
  • Strong publication record in high-impact journals.

What You Will Need
  • Ability to conduct independent research.

What We Would Like You To Have
  • Expertise in mechanobiology, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and/or vascular biology are of particular interest.

Special Instructions

To Apply, Please Submit The Following Materials

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Proof of Degree
    • The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree.
  • Letter of Recommendation

  • Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .
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