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

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Phoenix, Arizona

Posting Number: req7283

Department: COM Phx Basic Medical Sci

Location: Greater Phoenix Area

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

Position Highlights

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Amelia Gallitano in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, investigating how environmental events alter cell-type specific gene expression in the mouse cortex to regulate working memory, sleep and other behaviors that have implications for neuropsychiatric illness. We are looking for a new member to join our passionate and creative team. The position will involve conducting basic molecular biology and behavioral neuroscience studies as well as bioinformatic analyses of single cell RNAsequencing data. Experience with R and/or other computer programming is strongly desired. Experience with rodent surgical and behavioral studies, and cell culture are desirable but not essential. The candidate should have experience performing research in a laboratory setting and should have authored peer-reviewed research publications. Successful candidates will be detail-oriented, 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.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix anchors the 28-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus in the heart of the Valley of the Sun. The College inspires and trains individuals to become exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders who are life-long learners and inquisitive scholars.

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

  • Develops, designs, and conducts one or more moderately complex research projects in line with plan, interpret data, and analyze results independently under the direction of the principal investigator.
  • Conduct research projects related to mechanistic investigations of neurological and/or psychiatric disorders, using mouse models. These experiments include, but are not limited to:

* Single cell RNAseq
* ChIP
* Immunohistochemistry
* In situ hybridization
* Western Blot
* Cell culture
* Microscope imaging
* Optogenetics
* Rodent surgical interventions, including employment of viral-mediated and other methods to conduct circuit specific investigations, and a battery of mouse behavior tests using Ethiovision.

  • Present research findings at internal, local and potentially national scientific meetings.
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participate in grant writing, including generating preliminary data, submitting grant applications, and preparing progress reports.
  • Oversee day-to-day operation of project and may supervise trainees and support personnel.
  • 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.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Biology or a related field of study.
  • Three or more years of research experience.

Preferred Qualifications

- Ability to communicate in a clear, concise manner orally and in writing.

- Experience with basic molecular biology techniques, such as RNA isolation, electrophoresis and qRT-PCR, plasmid transfection.

- Experience in immunohistochemical and Western Blot methods.

- Cell culture and animal studies.

- Experience with basic statistics.

- Experience with bioinformatics tools and analyses.

- Familiarity with immunological methods such as western blotting, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry analysis.

- Demonstrated ability to independently develop reports and manuscripts and present findings in tabular, oral, written, and/or graphic formats.

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: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

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).

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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