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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Dermatology (College of Medicine - Phoenix)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724

Posting Number: req19193

Department: COM Phx Dermatology

Location: Greater Phoenix Area

Address: 425 N 5th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 USA

Position Highlights

Are you interested in studying the immune response to skin cancer? If you are, the College of Medicine-Phoenix is searching for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the laboratory of Dr. Karen Hastings within the Dermatology department.

Our basic science and translational projects span from antigen presentation, prediction of immunogenic neoantigens, to T cell-mediated control of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, utilizing immunological, cellular and molecular biological techniques, mouse models, human specimens, and bioinformatics.

We are looking for applicants with experience driving the successful completion of research studies and authoring peer-reviewed research publications. Applicants should be highly motivated, conscientious, able to work independently under direction of the principal investigator, and have the ability to communicate in a clear, concise manner orally and in writing.

Opportunities for professional development to enhance career progression include presentation of research findings at national meetings, mentorship in grant and manuscript writing, networking, teaching, and public policy/advocacy. For further information, please visit

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

  • Design and perform experiments, interpret data, and analyze results independently under the direction of the principal investigator.
  • Apply new assays and techniques to advance your research project.
  • Assume progressively more autonomous responsibilities for project development and execution with the aim of career maturation towards becoming an independent scientist. Additional career development opportunities will be tailored to individual's goals.
  • Participate in laboratory meetings, seminars and journal clubs.
  • Present research findings at local and national meetings and conferences.
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participate in grant writing, including generating preliminary data, writing grant proposals, submitting fellowship applications, and preparing progress reports.
  • Foster collaborations and network with researchers in the Department, University and outside institutions. 
  • Assist in training and supervision of laboratory staff and students. 
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of coordinating experiments, and completing analysis, statistics, and interpretation.
  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise manner orally and in writing.
  • Ability to participate at scientific conferences and present findings.
  • Knowledge of grant writing and manuscript preparation.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently develop reports and manuscripts and present findings in tabular, oral, written, and/or graphic formats.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in immunology, cancer biology, computer science, statistics, genetics or related field of study.

Preferred Qualifications

* Expertise with cell culture, multicolor flow cytometry, APC and T cell isolation from lymphoid organs, blood, tumors and skin, immunofluorescence, mouse models, primary human cells and/or bioinformatics tools and analyses.

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, Depends on Experience

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).

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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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