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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Basic Medical Sciences (College of Medicine-Phoenix)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Medical Research

Posting Number: req19921

Department: COM Phx Basic Medical Sci

Location: Greater Phoenix Area

Address: 425 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 USA

Position Highlights

A full-time postdoctoral fellow position is available in the lab of Dr. He in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. The labs research focuses on glucose and lipid metabolism and the involvement of mitochondrial dynamics. Currently, his laboratory is working on (1) defining the molecular mechanisms of metformin's effects on mitochondrial dynamics and respiration through AMPK activation; (2) investigating mechanisms leading to the paradoxical concurrence of insulin resistance and hepatic steatosis in obesity and type 2 diabetes; and (3) studying the mechanisms responsible for mitochondrial expansion.

We are seeking a well-rounded, motivated and enthusiastic individual with experience performing research in a laboratory setting. The candidate should have prior research experience, using techniques such as tissue culture, electrophoretic separations, DNA extraction, and PCR. The successful candidate is expected to assist in vitro and in vivo studies. This individual should be detailed-oriented, conscientious, able to follow instructions and incorporate feedback, and have the ability to communicate in a clear, concise manner orally and in writing.

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

  • Perform independent multi-disciplinary research experiments under the direction of Dr. He. 
  • Develop, design, and conduct complex research projects.
  • Perform scientific data collections, reductions, and analyses involving routine procedures characterized by use of independent judgment.
  • Foster collaborations within the BMS Department and with other units within the college and across the University.
  • Utilize molecular biology techniques, and perform immunoblotting, RT-PCR, immunohistochemistry.
  • Perform small animal surgery, and utilize unique mouse models in metabolic disorder research.
  • Develop and maintain detailed records of experiments, analyzing and writing findings.
  • Present results at laboratory meetings and conferences.
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participate in grant writing, including generating preliminary data, submitting grant applications, and preparing progress reports.
  • Develop and implement protocols as dictated by experimental results.
  • May assist with supervision of laboratory staff. 
  • Oversee maintenance of hazardous/chemical waste records and disposal as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of glucose and lipid metabolism, the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Familiar with the use confocal microscopy to detemine mitochondiral structiure is a plus.
  • 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 biological sciences, biomedical engineering, chemistry, or related field of study.

Preferred Qualifications

* Direct, intensive experience with animal models and rodent behavior.

* Experience with molecular mechanisms of voltage-gated sodium channels in the development of cardiac arrhythmias.

* Experience with bioinformatics tools and analyses.

* 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, 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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