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Postdoctoral Research Associate (UPDATED)

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

All applications must be submitted online through the UA Careers website. The review of applications will begin May 26, 2017. The starting date is negotiable, but will be during the summer or early fall 2017. All applications must include: • Cover letter explaining how the BBCS Program will assist the applicant in his/her research and career goals • Curriculum vitae (CV) • List of three professional references

Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate (UPDATED)
Department Research, Discovery & Innovation (9906)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please Note: The review date has been extended to 5/26/17.

The University of Arizona Office of Research, Discovery and Innovation—in collaboration with the Institute for the Environment—invites applications for 3-4 two-year appointments as Postdoctoral Research Associate in the recently established and cross-cutting postdoctoral cluster hire “Bridging Biodiversity and Conservation Science (BBCS): Forecasting Future Operating Environments.”

The scientific goal of the BBCS program is to build a more robust and predictive biodiversity and conservation science through integration with epidemiology, informatics, public policy, and security. The program addresses emerging, critical issues in human health and well-being, and in environmental, food, and national security. By forecasting future operating environments and patterns of biodiversity under changing physical, social, and economic conditions, the aim is to anticipate future challenges and opportunities in health and security, and to develop governance and conservation strategies to address these challenges.

The program seeks three to four outstanding postdoctoral scholars who have (i) an ability to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and create novel synthetic research, and (ii) creative insight in biodiversity and conservation science and expertise or interest in an additional targeted research area, specifically public health, epidemiology and emerging diseases; public policy, public administration, and governance; national security; or informatics.

Core faculty. The Postdoctoral Research Associates will work under the supervision of a Research Director and an interdisciplinary group of Core Faculty (currently comprising Brian Enquist, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Kacey Ernst, College of Public Health; Liz Baldwin, School of Government and Public Policy; Dave Breshears, School of Natural Resources and the Environment; & Laura López-Hoffman, School of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy). The Core Faculty and other affiliated BBCS researchers have identified cross-cutting research projects that use biodiversity as a focal point for interdisciplinary investigation in informatics, public health, public policy, and security.

The structure of postdoctoral scholar supervision—which includes participation in lab meetings for two or more of the aforementioned Core Faculty—will facilitate interdisciplinarity and will ensure that the perspectives and experiences of the Postdoctoral Research Associates are broad. The Postdoctoral Research Associates will contribute to the development of new research initiatives, help prepare and submit research proposals, and have the opportunity to identify synergies with other researchers in the program.

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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

• Reviewing and synthesizing literature from biodiversity science and other disciplines
• Analyzing previously collected and publically available data to generate preliminary findings
• Collecting or generating pilot data
• Meeting with potential collaborators across campus
• Assisting with the development of extramural grant proposals
• Designing and implementing large-scale research projects
• Publishing proof-of-concept papers and literature reviews
• Publishing preliminary findings
• Presenting at conferences and scientific gatherings
• Additional duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a Ph.D. (or M.D.) in a related field from an accredited institution and must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-citizen nationals.

Preferred Qualifications
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Postdoctoral Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $47,484 - $58,560 Annually based on NIH NRSA scale (DOE)
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20351
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Robert Merideth, Research Director, BBCS Program,
(520) 626-9868.

Open Date 03/30/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 05/26/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

All applications must be submitted online through the UA Careers website. The review of applications will begin May 26, 2017. The starting date is negotiable, but will be during the summer or early fall 2017.

All applications must include:
• Cover letter explaining how the BBCS Program will assist the applicant in his/her research and career goals
• Curriculum vitae (CV)
• List of three professional references

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. 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 encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 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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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have a Ph.D. (or M.D.) in a related field from an accredited institution, OR, will you as of the beginning date of the appointment?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference/Referee Contact Information
Optional Documents