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Associate Research Scientist

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

Posting Number: req6745

Department: UAHS Research

Location: University of Arizona Health Sciences

Address: 1670 E Drachman St, Tucson, AZ 85721 USA

Position Highlights

The UA Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism (CDDOM) is seeking a full-time Associate Research Scientist who will facilitate, implement, perform, and oversee a wide variety of complex research projects within the Mandarino Laboratory. He or she will organize, manage, and carry out research, including data analysis, evaluation, and presentation of hypothesis driven experiments. The Associate Research Scientist will be expected to collaborate in the development of new techniques, troubleshoot new protocols, and collaborate with other research groups on collaborative research efforts.

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

Endocrinology Experiments: 

  • Design and conduct experiments in consultation with Principal Investigator.
  • Analysis data for review and presentation to PI.
  • Perform hormone assays such as Insulin ELISAs on human serum.
  • Perform Cell Culture.
  • Perform mitochondrial bioenergetics assays.
  • Isolate mRNA/RNA and perform quantitative real-time PCR.
  • Assist with Clinical Research studies by collecting biopsies from clinical research unit. Cataloging and maintaining track of biospecimens.
  • Prepare muscle biopsies for mass spectrometry (MS) analysis. MS analysis includes homogenizing the muscle biopsies, performing protein assay, running SDS-PAGE, staining gel with Coomassie Blue Stain, cutting lanes of proteins into slices and cutting slices into 1mm squares, digesting with trypsin and zip cleaning to produce final sample for MS analysis.
  • Immunoblot analysis of muscle biopsy lysates.
  • Perform and immunofluorescence microscopy, preparation of slides for microscopy.

Endocrinology Laboratory Coordination

  • Assuring compliance and update to date trainings of all research staff
  • Cataloging and maintaining track of biospecimens.
  • Assist with maintaining edcap database records. 
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and ordering supplies. 
  • Supervise and Train research technicians in techniques mentioned above.
  • Present experiment data to Principal Investigator on a weekly basis. 
  • Assist in preparation of NIH grant proposals.
  • Assist with publications and presentations 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Bachelor's degree in the field of study of Molecular and Cellular Biology or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish, Valid drivers License and reliable transportation.
  • Experience with IRB Human Subject 

Preferred Qualifications

*Prior experience performing hormone assays such as Insulin ELISAs on human serum and cell culture, as well as isolate mRNA/RNA and perform quantitative real-time PCR.

*Prior skills and knowledge in processing biospecimen samples.

*Prior experience working with redcap databases.

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: $45,000 - $50,000

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: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Oscar Parra | | 520-626-6485

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume 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 and a Native American/Alaska Native-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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