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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Multiple Positions)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Plant and Soil Science

Posting Number: req8324

Department: School of Plant Sciences-Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Judith Brown in the School of Plant Sciences. The successful applicant will apply molecular biology, molecular virology, phylogeography, and bioinformatics tools, including high throughput (NGS) sequencing, genome-virome characterization, phylodynamics, and functional genomics to investigate host plant-pathogen and/or insect-host pathogen interactions.

The School of Plant Sciences is a vigorous, cutting-edge, and comprehensive academic unit of the University of Arizona, whose scientists are devoted to study of plants, and the organisms that underpin the survival of terrestrial life. We seek candidates that will strengthen current efforts by the University and the School of Plant Sciences to promote diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives on campus, and who will help to promote programs that seek to increase participation from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM.

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


  • Molecular cloning and DNA sequencing
  • High throughput DNA and RNA sequencing and bioinformatics of DNA plant virus / prophage-phage genome characterization, and phylogenetic, molecular clock, and recombination analyses
  • Construction of infectious clones by Gibson assembly; gene gun and agro-inoculation and analysis
  • Functional genomics - dual host pathogen transcriptome analysis
  • Analysis of transgenic plants expressing ds/ssRNA and RNAi response in plants challenged by plant virus infection or insect vector feeding
  • Experimental design and protocol development and validation
  • Literature review
  • Preparation of reports, manuscripts, and presentation to communicate the results
    and conclusions
  • Regular communications with PI and team members in person and written
  • Additional duties may be involved, such as training/mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and visiting scientists.


project will require advanced skills in molecular biology, extensive experience
in plant molecular virology, particularly DNA viruses, cloning and
characterization of badnaviral genomes (variability, phylogenetic
relationships, genetic diversity, population genetics) and their potential
endogenous forms, construction of infectious genomes, isolation and analysis of
viral RNA and DNA genomic/replicative intermediate forms, investigation of dual
host-pathogen interactions.Knowledge and skills needed for fundamental research
of plant-virus & fastidious bacterial-prophage pathosystems.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in plant virology, molecular plant pathology, viromics, or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in plant virology research of DNA plant virus and/or fastidious bacterial-prophage-phage pathosystems; or Ph.D. specializing in dsDNA viruses and/or in plant ssDNA or RNA virus-host interactions.

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: 2

Expected End Date: 8/12/2022

Contact Information for Candidates

For additional information, please contact Dr. Judith K Brown at

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please write a Statement of Research Interest and upload in place of a 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, 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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