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Research Technician I

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

Posting Number: req12084

Department: Pharmacology

Location: UAHS - Tucson

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

Position Highlights

The Department of Pharmacology's mission is to provide quality preclinical and clinical education in pharmacology and therapeutics for medical students, to educate and train graduate and postdoctoral biomedical scientists, to carry out basic research of recognized excellence, and to participate in governance and leadership in the College of Medicine at The University of Arizona and in appropriate national scientific and professional societies. The selected candidate will work in the laboratories of Drs. Frank Porreca and Edita Navratilova to perform preclinical studies in pain neurobiology. The technician will collaborate with scientists within the laboratory to learn and perform in vivo and in vitro techniques and procedures related to preclinical pain projects in mice and rats, including behavior evaluation, animal models of pain, surgeries, tissue processing, genetic manipulations of brain circuits, western blotting analysis, ELISA, RNA Scope, microscopy, and immunohistochemistry assays. The candidate will be responsible to work with senior scientists in planning experiments, organizing and executing experiments, data analysis and interpretation; the candidate will establish/validate new behavior assays to support project goals; communicate/report and discuss acquired data to the PIs and project management.

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

  • Clean, sterilize, operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair equipment used for research.
  • Collaborate in the development of new strategies, techniques, and equipment along with their peers.
  • Participate in preparing technical reports, summaries, protocols, and quantitative results.
  • Provide research administrative support including coordinating schedules, handling intake, maintaining records and files, and.
  • Collect, process and label samples in accordance with protocols and standard operating procedures.
  • Set up lab equipment following detailed instructions and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent learning attained through experience required.
  • Prior work experience not required

Preferred Qualifications

* Prior experience in vitro techniques and procedures, and in vitro transport assays.

FLSA: Non-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: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Research & Lab

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Frank Porreca |

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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