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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Pharmacology and Toxicology) (Multiple Positions)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Posting Number: req17748

Department: Pharmacology and Toxicology

Location: University of Arizona Health Sciences

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Dr. Jianqin Lu is an Assistant Professor and Director of Pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics Track at R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy (Ranked #5 in NIH funding and #20 in US News and World Report), The University of Arizona, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), a distinction to only 69 North America's premier research institutions. Dr. Lu's research work has been published in Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Biomaterials, etc, and has resulted in a Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) (R35, $1.9 Million) from National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), an R01 ($1.72 Million) from NIH/National Cancer Institute (NCI), a Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation Research Starter Grant in Drug Delivery ($100,000), and several pilot and seed grants (~$200,000) from the State of Arizona and NIH-sponsored The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC). The overarching goal of the Lu lab strives to develop innovative, safe, and efficacious therapeutics at the interface of drug delivery, synthetic chemistry, pharmaceutics, nanotechnology, and tumor immunology to address the pressing unmet needs in current cancer, heart, and Alzheimer's diseases therapy and prevention. Visit Lu lab website at:

Two postdoc positions are available. One postdoc candidate should be equipped with strong medicinal and bioconjugation chemistry skill, and the ability to design and synthesize novel drug conjugates. One postdoc candidate will focus on drug delivery and nanomedicine (liposome, polymeric and core-shell nanoparticles), in vitro and in vivo characterizations and therapeutic efficacy studies.

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

  • Synthesize and characterize novel prodrug conjugate; Prepare and characterize the nanoformulations (e.g., liposome and polymeric nanoparticles) Cell culture; Pharmacokinetics and Biodistribution.
  • In vivo antitumor efficacy studies.
  • Present research results and literature in group meetings and departmental seminars.
  • Prepare and write manuscripts for publication.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrate track record of scholarly ability.
  • Strong problem-solving and syntetic skills.
  • Effective communication and collaboration with group members and other labs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Organic/Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, or relevant scientific field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • High impact publications in Organic/Medicinal Chemistry, or Drug Delivery/Nanomedicine.
  • High impact publications in Organic/Medicinal Chemistry or relevant scientific field.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $56,484 - $59,000

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: 2

Contact Information for Candidates

Jianqin Lu |

Open Until Filled: Yes

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

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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