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Research Specialist

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

Posting Number: req9860

Department: RII Core Facilities

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Core Facilities, part of Research, Innovation & Impact at the University of Arizona is in search of a Research Specialist (Research Professional I) to join their dynamic team. Primary responsibility will be to facilitate transgenic mouse genotyping services at the University of Arizona Genetics Core (UAGC) ( The person in this position will work with investigators to optimize gene-specific assays and will accept samples for processing in our laboratory. This position will be responsible for performing a wide variety of skilled laboratory procedures including sample handling and transferring specimens with electronic, multi-channel pipettes, working with robotic platforms for sample processing, performing PCR assays and data QC/review.

Core Facilities

The University of Arizona is home to a host of research resources called core facilities or cores-highly specialized testbed facilities available for use by faculty, students, and scientists in government and industry. The core facilities provides users with access not only to the latest instrumentation, but also to experienced staff with expertise in designing and conducting experiments and analyzing data.

Our core facilities are:

Unique: Capabilities are not available elsewhere on campus and, in many cases, within the region

Enabling: Open to a broad range of research, fostering a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration

Accessible: In centralized locations to make them equally accessible to all users

Sustainable: Generally recover their cost, or a portion of their cost, by charging user fees

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

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Following established protocols for isolation of nucleic acids (DNA/RNA), sample QC, and genotyping by PCR
  • Performing optimization of PCR reactions and nucleic acid isolation
  • Operation of laboratory equipment including pipettes, QC instruments, and thermocyclers
  • Adhering to Standard Operating Procedures
  • Detailed record keeping and operation of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Communicating and working with a team for high-throughput processing of specimens
  • Reporting data to researchers
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • PCR Optimization
  • Specimen tracking
  • Pipetting
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Use of liquid handing automated platforms
  • Analysis of genetic data including fragment analysis data files (.fsa)
  • Proficient in Microsoft excel

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience required.
  • 1 year of relevant work experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 (or more) years of laboratory experience

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)



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

Barbara Fransway

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, 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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