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Postdoctoral Research Associate I - Carini Lab

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona

Posting Number: req10969

Department: Environmental Science-Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

You'll be the lead researcher on our new project investigating the systems biology of energy limited bacteria isolated from million-year-old deep-sea sediments as part of our new funding from the Simons Foundation. Your work will provide a systems-level understanding of slow bacterial growth in laboratory conditions designed to mimic those found in deep sea sediments. You'll work both independently and alongside engineers to continue development of a novel application of chemostat-like cultivation devices that enable continuous energy-limitation. You'll apply various 'omic tools to characterize the systems biology of microbes experiencing perpetual energy limitation in these cultivation devices. You'll lead the project and will have significant creative input on the project direction as you apply some combination of Systems Biology tools that might include metabolomics, mRNA decay measurements, ribosome footprinting (Ribo-Seq), transposon insertion sequencing (TnSeq), proteomics, or other approaches you think are appropriate. The tools and analyses used will depend on your expertise, but the overarching vision for the project is to integrate data from several approaches to distinguish the systems biology of energy-limitation from energy-replete growth. This is a year-to-year appointment, contingent upon funding and performance. We have a year of funding that can extend up to 3 years based on project progress and your scientific growth and performance.

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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

apply various 'omic tools to characterize the systems biology of microbes
experiencing perpetual energy limitation in these cultivation devices. You'll
lead the project and will have significant creative input on the project
direction as you apply some combination of Systems Biology tools to slowly
growing bacterial cells.

There is no one skillset or scientific background that will define who we hire. And we're deliberately casting a wide net. We're looking for someone creative and with broad expertise in microbiology. We envision hiring a systems biologist who views bacterial cells as functional units of biology and strives to uncover a holistic understanding of cell physiology Thus, you might be well versed in one or more of the following: classic bacteriology (physiology, chemostat/fermenter operation, flow cytometry), microbial ecology, molecular biology/genetics (macromolecular extractions and preparation, genetic system development), metabolomics, or 'omic data analysis using state-of-the art tools (R, anvi'o, etc.). We encourage you to apply if you have systems biology experience outside of marine microbiology, including (but not limited to) the study of bacterial persistence or dormancy, industrial microbiology, bacterial symbiosis, or natural products discovery.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in microbiology or a closely
    related field.The
    selected candidate must have a conferred PhD upon hire.
  • Valid Driver's License and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy. All lab personnel must be able to drive to pick up lab materials when 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: $60,000+ 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

Linda Heffernan

Open Until Filled: Yes

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

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please prepare an application package that consists of a cover letter (2-page limit, 12 point font) and a copy of your Curriculum Vitae (limited to 4 pages). The cover letter should highlight 1) your excitement about the specifics of the research as outlined above, 2) evidence of your commitment to inclusive excellence in STEM (and how you'll continue that work here), and 3) specifically how your scientific training is a good fit for the research described. The structure of this cover letter is up to you. Applications that do not clearly convey these three points will not be reviewed. Tell us your story. Propose an idea. Address some of the work we do. Introduce yourself as a colleague. Give it a deep think and take this at your speed. We're giving you our full attention.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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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