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Assistant Research Scientist

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

Posting Number: req10553

Department: Surgery

Location: UAHS - Tucson

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

Position Highlights

The Institute for Cellular Transplantation with the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona is seeking a highly motivated individual for a full-time Researcher/Scientist III position. The successful candidate will be invited to join a collaborative research team investigating cellular based therapies and tissued engineering technologies, with an emphasis on diabetes and other diseases. The Researcher/Scientist III is expected to conduct research, develop and validate assessment tools, train/mentor direct reports, to assist in grant proposal submissions, and to prepare manuscripts for publication.

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

  • Supervise the activities of assigned direct reports. Work closely with the Lab Manager on all aspects of laboratory research including ordering reagents. Provides training and mentoring to direct reports on perifusion and OCR. Work within an interdisciplinary team of scientists and physicians to advance novel therapeutic approaches to treat diabetic patients. Develop, design, and conduct one or more small or moderately complex research projects in line with plan. Act as study director for one or more studies. Oversee day-to-day operation of project and may supervise junior personnel.
  • Perform and analyze assessments and characterizations of insulin producing cells and other cell types; and provide access to all experimental data for the faculty researcher and/or supervisor. Design, execution, and analysis of experiments collecting perifusion samples from cells. Perform immunocytochemistry preparation and image analysis. Perform perifusion and OCR. Expand collaborative efforts with The University of Arizona research and clinical scientists.
  • Analyze data and prepare data summaries, study reports, presentations, etc. as required.Maintain detailed experimental records and data in laboratory notebooks, logbooks, and other databases as required.
  • Foster, oversee and participate in the generation of publication-quality manuscripts by ICT faculty, staff and colleagues. Assist in preparation of writing scientific papers, reports and grants. Attend and participate in international scientific meetings.
  • Establish concept and feasibility of novel cell-based assays to evaluate the potency and viability of insulin producing cells and other cell types; and to evaluate the diffusivity of metabolites across tissue engineered constructs. Rigorous testing and validation of developed assessment tools.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is required.

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

Michelle Guevara |

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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