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Postdoctoral Research Associate I - Immunobiology

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Reference letters to be sent to: Michael Kuhns, PhD Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunobiology University of Arizona, College of Medicine by email to

Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I - Immunobiology
Department Immunobiology (0707)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

There has never been a more exciting time to study the immune system. In recent decades, Immunobiology has risen to the forefront of the biomedical sciences due to its role in protecting against known and emerging pathogens, the tremendous potential of the immune system to fight cancer, and because of the increase in complex diseases associated with immune disregulation. The Department of Immunobiology at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine is a nationally and internationally recognized research and educational center that strives to blend the excitement of fundamental immunological research with efforts to translate today’s basic findings into tomorrow’s therapies.

Currently, the Department of Immunobiology is seeking highly motivated applicants for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate I in the Kuhns lab. This challenging position requires a high level of enthusiasm, dedication, and drive for applicants interested in the studying the molecular mechanisms of T cell activation and cell fate decisions (Pubmed search: Kuhns MS).

Research in the Department and the University is supported by state-of-the-art core facilities including animal housing, FACS, DNA, Microarrays, Proteomics and Imaging. The University of Arizona is amongst the top 20 public research and education universities, boasting excellent Departments and Centers, as well as lively campus culture and surroundings. It is located in sunny Tucson, which has a vibrant and welcoming multicultural population of approximately 900,000, a strong economy, excellent food, outdoor living, and an attractive cost of living. Finally, Tucson is surrounded by the majestic Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands. Both provide unique opportunities for outside activities and are home to a distinct and captivating flora and fauna.

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 on Forbes 2015 list of America’s Best Employers in the United States and has been awarded the 2016 Work-Life Seal of Distinction by World@Work! For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Conduct independent experiments, evaluate the data, and keep appropriate records of all research activities.
  • Read the literature, participate in scientific discussions with other members of the lab, and attend mandatory lab meetings.
  • Perform assigned lab duties to assist in the maintenance of stock reagents or the general operation of the lab.
  • There may be additional duties assigned as it relates to this position.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, or related fields.
  • Experience with modern molecular biology, biochemistry, and tissue culture techniques.
  • Basic understanding of protein structure/function relationships and signal transduction.
Preferred Qualifications
  • MD.
  • Experience with fluorescent live cell imaging.
  • Basic Immunological concepts.
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 DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20348
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Michael Kuhns, PhD

Open Date 03/24/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On
Special Instructions to Applicant

Reference letters to be sent to:
Michael Kuhns, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunobiology
University of Arizona, College of Medicine
by email to

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 PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, or related fields?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have experience with modern molecular biology, biochemistry, and tissue culture techniques?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have a basic understanding of protein structure/function relationships and signal transduction?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research Interests
Optional Documents
  1. Resume