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Researcher/Scientist III, Drug Discovery, Translational Neurosciences (Multiple)(Phoenix)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req17623

Department: COM Phx Translational Neurosci

Location: Greater Phoenix Area

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

Position Highlights

Researcher/Scientist III 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. Cell-based screening technicques include those for substrate analog inhibitors, protein interaction disruption, and targeted protein degradation.

Successful applicants should have strong molecular and cellular 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 are 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. Enthusiastic applicants with adipate experience to conduct relatively independent research 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, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct advanced, multi-disciplinary research in translational neurosciences.
  • 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

  • Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology, or related field of study required.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

* PhD in Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology, or related field of study.

* Expertise in tissue culture, plasmid design, biochemistry, pharmacology, high throughput screening, and/or cell and molecular biology.

* Track record of publications 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: $59,404 - $74,254, DOE

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



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function


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

Number of Vacancies: 2

Contact Information for Candidates

College of Medicine-Phoenix, Office of Human Resources

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume 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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