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Research Specialist

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

Posting Number: req10343

Department: Animal&Biomedical Sciences-Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: 1117 E Lowell Street, Tucson, AZ 85721 USA

Position Highlights

The Renquist Laboratory at the University of Arizona is looking for a Research Specialist interested in conducting research aimed at understanding the metabolic and cardiovascular effects of obesity. Current research in the lab is focused on the role of the liver GABA shunt and liver GABA transporters in obesity induced hypertension, insulin resistance, and hyperinsulinemia. These studies include genetic models, drug development, and clinical translation.

Although this job posting is focused on what we know we'll be working on we are sure that with the added knowledge the ideal candidate will bring, we will branch out and expand our research horizons. We are happy to train anyone who brings a different set of expertise that will advance our work. Our goals are to continuously extend the scope and application of our findings. Investigators with complimentary, but different skills are key to reaching that goal and encouraged to apply.

Come join us in beautiful Tucson Arizona. Surrounded by 4 mountain ranges, Tucson is an ideal place for active people who love spending time outdoors. For the Foodies, Tucson is a UNESCO city of gastronomy. Dislike winter? Tucson is ideal for you. Love Winter? You can drive 30 minutes and you'll be in the winter wonderland that is Mount Lemmon, then drive back down for dinner on the patio.

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

  • The ideal candidate will bring excellent research and
    critical thinking skills.
  • They will be
    able to formulate the next hypothesis and guide their research.
  • They are encouraged to apply their existing
    skillset to improve their research while in our research group.
  • The ideal candidate will be willing to learn
    new skills, will be self-motivated, and will have a high level of scientific
  • The ideal candidate will enjoy working in teams and value their
  • They will be direct, yet
    polite, in their communication.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Surgical Experience.
  • MS in any relevant field (i.e., Any biological science or chemistry).

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $42,666

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

Dr. Benjamin Renquist

Associate Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical

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, 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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