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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Genetics/Genomics), Psychiatry (Multiple Hires) (Phoenix)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Phoenix, Arizona

Posting Number: req8220

Department: COM Phx Psychiatry

Location: Greater Phoenix Area

Address: 475 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 USA

Position Highlights

Please note, this position has been updated to have multiple openings as of 7/28/22.

A Postdoctoral Research Associate I position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Ayman Fanous in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, investigating the genetics/genomics of psychiatric illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. The successful candidate will be a well-rounded, enthusiastic individual with training in statistical genetics methods for genome-wide association studies and next-generation sequence analysis. The candidate should have experience performing research in a laboratory setting and should have authored research papers. This individual should be detail-oriented, conscientious, and able to follow instructions and have the ability to communicate in a clear, concise manner orally and in writing.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix anchors the 28-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus in the heart of the Valley of the Sun. The College inspires and trains individuals to become exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders who are life-long learners and inquisitive scholars. The Phoenix Biomedical Campus embodies the University's priorities of engagement, partnership, innovation, and synergy in its world-class academic and research initiatives, with clinical facilities throughout Greater Phoenix.

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

  • Develops, designs, and conducts one or more small or moderately complex research projects in line with plan. Responsible for operation of a specialized research area or lab.
  • Formulates research methods and develops research criteria.
  • Familiarization of research literature, design of daily research experiment.
  • Conduct various research projects related to basic and mechanistic investigations of neuropsychiatric disorders using relevant statistical genetics methods. These experiments include, but are not limited to, GWAS analyses that remove extraneous confounders, as well as biologically relevant downstream post-GWAS analyses (TWAS, polygenic risk scores, PWAS, fine-mapping using T/PWAS signals). Research will also include the usage of animal model results to inform human genetic analyses.
  • May co-author and may present results with principal investigators at meetings or conferences. Writes and submits papers to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participates in acquiring research funding including writing grant proposals.
  • Oversees day-to-day operation of project and may supervise support personnel.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in genetics, psychology, statistics, or related field of study.
  • One to two years of research experience.

Preferred Qualifications

- Ability to communicate in a clear, concise manner orally and in writing.

- Experience with genome-wide association and/or sequencing studies.

- Experience with analysis methods for genetics studies, e.g. PLINK, LDsc/LDpred, TWAS, MAGMA, etc.

- Experience with analyzing data coming from basic molecular biology techniques, such as: genetic sequencing, expression studies, cloning, electrophoresis, PCR, primary neuronal culture and plasmid transfection.

- Demonstrated ability to independently develop reports and manuscripts and present findings in tabular, oral, written, and/or graphic formats. Prior experience in writing scientific manuscripts and grant proposals is highly desirable.

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: NIH salary guidelines, Depends on Experience.

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 2

Contact Information for Candidates

College of Medicine-Phoenix, Office of Human Resources

Open Until Filled: Yes

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

Special Instructions to Applicant

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

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 and a Native American/Alaska Native-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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