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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

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

Posting Number: req5772

Department: Cellular & Molecular Medicine

Location: UAHS - Tucson

Address: 1501 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724 USA

Position Highlights

The Churko Lab is seeking highly motivated candidate for an NIH funded, full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate I position. The successful candidate will support the development of therapeutic modalities to treat arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy and assist on a collaborative project validating small molecules to treat Alzheimer's disease. The postdoctoral candidate will generate differentiated cell types from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to be used to validate structural, molecular, and virtual drug screening data. The successful postdoctoral candidate will possess a drug discovery, cell biology, computation, and molecular biology skill set. The position will require the use of stem cell technologies, protein purification and cell culture. In addition, they will possess the drive required to work independently, collaboratively, and publish finding.

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, the Sarver Heart Center, and the Bio5 Institute are dedicated to training the next generation of scientists, and the Postdoctoral candidate will benefit from the diverse and interdisciplinary environment at the University of Arizona. With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities.

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

  • Lead a research project in close collaboration
    with the PI and other lab members.
  • Innovate
    new areas of experimental inquiry.
  • Advance
    technical aspects of experimental approaches and mechanistic understanding of
    biological problem.
  • Mentor
    junior lab members and contribute to a productive scientific environment.
  • Maintain
    detailed records and disseminate research findings in meetings and as
    manuscripts in scientific journals.
  • Apply
    for independent funding and contribute to grant proposals submitted by the PI.
  • Perform
    molecular biology techniques (PCR, cloning, transfections, infections, growing
  • Purify
    proteins from bacteria followed by column purification using FPLC.
  • There
    may be additional duties assigned as it relates to this position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD or MD in biochemistry, molecular or
    cellular biology, pharmacy, chemistry, genetics, physiology, computational
    science, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, or related field by time of
  • Two
    first authored publications documenting the ability to conduct original

Preferred Qualifications

*Thorough understanding of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology.
*Experience with recombinant proteins and Western blots
*Experience with cell culture (stem cell experience preferred) and differentiations
*Experience with microscopes (fluorescence, confocal)
*Expertise in cardiac biology, neural biology, and disease pathology.

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: DOE

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

Jared Churko |

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 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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