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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona
 
 
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Date Posted 01/15/2022
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Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 




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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Posting Number req8320
Department BIO5 Institute
Department Website Link https://bio5.org/
Location Main Campus
Address Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona is in search of a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate will carry out technical aspects of research activities to understand the interaction between the brain and the protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. The research uses both primarily cells and the mouse model of toxoplasmosis. The research is focused on understanding the relationship between Toxoplasma, the cells of the CNS, and the CNS immune response. An additional aspect of the research is focused on defining the neuronal signaling pathways that cause parasites to switch stages. The ideal candidate for this position will enthusiastically take ownership of tasks and project management role as needed. They will be a self-starter who takes initiative to make improvements and handle incoming requests. We are looking for someone who enjoys learning new tools, techniques, can integrate advances in several fields into their research, and is able to maintain professionalism while under pressure. The BIO5 Institute connects and mobilizes hundreds of world-class plant, animal, and human bioscientists, engineers, physicians, and computational researchers to develop creative solutions for complex challenges such as disease, hunger, water and food safety, and other health issues facing Arizona. This interdisciplinary approach has resulted in improved food crops, innovative diagnostics and devices, disease prevention strategies, and promising new therapies. BIO5 initiatives and projects are carefully chosen to align with areas of state and national need and for which University of Arizona faculty already have significant expertise. This strategy catalyzes the capacity to expand impact, economic opportunity and external funding opportunities.

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!

The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here .

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Assist with and take ownership of generating figures for and writing of manuscripts for publication and grants.
  • Assist and supervise junior lab members.
  • Design and execute experiments and appropriately analyzes data for the projects within the lab.
  • *Collaborate to determine the lipid pathways/metabolites involved.
  • *Analyze transcriptional studies.
  • *Design and execute experiments and appropriately analyzes data for the projects within the lab using electrophysiology studies in ex vivo slices from infected animals.
  • *Identifies and recommends solutions to identifiable problems.
  • *Trains users on equipment operation and research techniques.
  •  Additional duties may be assigned

 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • *Knowledge of Toxoplasma gondii
  • *Ability to make genetically manipulated cells and parasites
  • Intimate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ImageJ, Flojo and Prism
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in field appropriate to the area of assignment; the selected candidate must have a conferred Ph.D. upon hire, AND three years of related research experience.
Preferred Qualifications
    Experience with:
  • hands on laboratory work, basic molecular techniques
  • working with mice
  • working with and genetically manipulating eukaryotic parasites
  • DNA, RNA, protein, cell, and tissue isolation and purification
  • big data analysis (specifically transcriptional analysis)
  • Cell culture
  • Western blotting
  • Quantitative PCR and RT-PCR
  • Immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence
  • performing electrophysiology studies in ex vivo brain slices
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 $53,000 - $55,000
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
Target Hire Date
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates Anita Koshy
akoshy@bio5.org or akoshy@email.arizona.edu
Open Date 1/14/2022
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter
Special Instructions to Applicant
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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