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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Drug Discovery, Translational Neurosciences (Multiple)(Phoenix)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Posting Number: req17587

Department: COM Phx Translational Neurosci

Location: Greater Phoenix Area

Address: 475 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 USA

Position Highlights

Postdoctoral Research Associate positions are available in the Department of Translational Neurosciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. The successful candidates will develop drug screening assays and identify targeted-therapeutic drugs to treat neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases and cancer. Screening techniques that will be used include those based on substrate analogs, protein-protein interaction disruption, and targeted protein degradation.

Successful applicants should have strong molecular and cellular biology expertise, and skill in tissue culture, plasmid design, stable cell line generation, biosensor reporter systems, protein biochemistry and purification, microscopy, spectrofluorimetry, flow cytometry, and pharmacology is highly desired.

Experience with animal modeling of disease, viral vector design, high throughput screening, molecular modeling, medicinal chemistry, and/or multiomic analyses are also areas of interest.

Successful candidates will join a multidisciplinary team within the setting of an outstanding new facility. The position is part of well-funded research program, and will provide the opportunity to produce high impact publications and establish a record of grant award funding. The candidates will be mentored in career development toward independent research, and training to become a principal investigator. Enthusiastic applicants with adipate experience to conduct relatively independent research, and with interest in translating identification of disease mechanism to clinically applicable treatment approaches consistent with pharmaceutical and biotechnology development, are encouraged to apply.

This position is eligible for visa sponsorship.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct advanced, multi-disciplinary research.
  • Develop cell-based drug screens to identify compounds to be tested in animal models of disease.
  • Formulate research methods and develop research criteria.
  • Foster collaborations within the Department, with other units across the University, and with team members at other institutes worldwide.
  • Assist with funding applications, including participating in grant writing, generating preliminary data, submitting grant applications, and preparing progress reports.
  • Derive, analyze, and format data for publications, presentations, and grant proposals.
  • Present research findings to the lab at department meetings, and at national and international symposiums.
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of coordinating experiments, and completing analysis, statistics, and interpretation.
  • Ability to conduct research independently and within a team.
  • Ability to communicate professionally in a clear, concise manner orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of grant writing and manuscript preparation.
  • Ability to participate at scientific conferences and present findings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Cellular or Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, or related field of study required.
  • Track record of publications in peer reviewed journals.

Preferred Qualifications

* Expertise in plasmid design, stablely transfected cell line generation, biosensor and reporter assay development.

* Expertise in protein biochemistry, pharmacology, high throughput screening, and/or cell and molecular biology.

* Experience publishing papers in peer reviewed journals.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: NIH salary guidelines, DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

College of Medicine-Phoenix, Office of Human Resources

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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