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Postdoctoral Research Associate I - Microbiome and Metabolism

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

Posting Number: req12071

Department: Environmental Science-Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Tfaily lab at the Department of Environment Science at the University of Arizona seeks a postdoctoral researcher to conduct research that aims to further our understanding of microbial metabolism in diverse environments through the lens of metabolomics and multi-omics integration. This includes but not limited to (i) using systems-based approaches to unravel multi-species microbial community functioning; (ii) understanding how virus therapy influence ecosystem processes through metabolic reprograming of microbial communities, and (iii) application of Phagotherapy in the Treatment of burn Patients. The successful candidate will carry out metabolite extraction, data analysis and interpretation followed by integration with other omics data such as metagenomics and metatranscriptomics . The selected candidate will work within a collaborative group of chemists, microbiologists, microbial ecologists and molecular biologists and will lead and participate in lab-based experiments as well as field work. They will collaborate with and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. Reviews will begin in early November 2022.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the US at time of hire.

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

Conduct independent research and work on team assignments focusing on microbial metabolism and multi-omics integration; lead manuscript development and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature,

Present research work in multiple settings,

Participate in the development of research proposals.

Position requires collecting and processing fecal samples/soil samples/blood and plasma.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate good written and oral communication skills and an ability to collaborate effectively.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or upon hire from an accredited college or university.
  • Must have a Valid Driver's License and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

A PhD in chemistry, biology, biochemistry or a related field is required as well as a strong background in one or more of the following areas: microbial metabolism and interactions, biochemistry, LC-MS based metabolomics, multi-omics integration, coding in R, statistical methods, and computation biology approaches. The ideal candidate has a track record of demonstrating initiative, problem-solving, independent execution of routine research tasks, demonstrated experience to publish high impact research, and demonstrated experience that shows learning and successfully using new concepts and research techniques.

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 based on NIH postdoctoral stipends $53,760+

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

Malak Tfaily -

Open Until Filled: Yes

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

Special Instructions to Applicant

References will be required later in the recruitment process. This position is full-time (100% FTE), 12-month, year-to-year appointment with an initial term appointment of one year (12 months), with the possibility of renewal up to a total of three years subject to funding and satisfactory performance. Salary will be commensurate with experience and employee benefits will be provided.

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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