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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Multiple Positions) (UPDATED)

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

Posting Number: req19137

Department: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Please note: The Rate of Pay range has been updated from $56,484 - $59,592 to $56,484 - $66,228 . The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate I to work with the Prof. Ingmar Riedel-Kruse Lab.

This individual will work on questions related to multicellular bacterial pattern formation, biofilms, bacterial self-assembly, and the evolutionary origin of multicellularity. The goal of the lab is to solve important questions regarding infectious diseases, biomaterial science, biochemical synthesis, evolution, and ecological sustainability.

The primary purpose of this appointment is to conduct research, both independently and collaboratively with other lab members. The successful candidate will develop and troubleshoot new assays as needed, analyze data, prepare publication quality figures and keep meticulous records, and give presentations on their research findings. This individual will also participate in the training of new lab members, assist with organizing the lab (maintaining stocks, making solutions, organizing lab inventories), present research results (lab meetings, conferences), and assist with grant and progress report writing.

The candidate will also collaborate with other lab members, serve as lab manager, and train incoming students.

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

candidate will conduct their own independent research project(s), design
experiments, analyze data, and participate in the writing and presentation of
their research findings; the candidate will essentially function as a bench
scientist. The candidate also collaborates with other lab members. 

  • Design and clone genetic constructs
  • Grow and handle bacteria (e.coli)
  • Perform microscopy (confocal, epifluorescent)
  • Perform image and data analysis
  • Programming/bioinformatics
  • Write reports detailing the results, organizing and ordering lab supplies

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Essential: - excellent
    interpersonal skills with an ability to work well with others in a
    collaborative and creative work environment.
  • Excellent organizational
  • Self-motivation,
    initiative, a good work ethic, creative thinking, problem solving skills
    and the ability to work independently (following suitable training) are
    highly desired.
  • Excellent interpersonal
    skills with an ability to work well with others in a collaborative and
    creative work environment.
  • Ability to work with and manipulate bacteria (in particular e.coli - but also other species); modern molecular/cellular biology techniques; cloning; fluorescence microscopy.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong organizational, critical thinking and follow-through skills.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.
  • Strong ability to problem solve and attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally.
  • Ability to work as a member of a research team with a variety of personnel.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate data.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Degree in a relevant biological field (e.g., Bioengineering, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Genetics, Bioinformatics, Molecular & Cellular Biology). The selected candidate must have a conferred Ph.D. upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 4 years of experience working in a life-science laboratory (or equivalent)
  • Experience with computational data analysis and other computational methods/programming is a plus
  • Experience with basic instrumentation like microfluidics and single cell analysis is a plus
  • Knowledge and experience with laboratory practices and safety procedures

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 - $66,228

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

Riedel-Kruse, Ingmar,

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 an 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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