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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Department Agric & Biosystems Engr-Res (2422)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering at the University of Arizona invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Dr. Bonnie Hurwitz’s research group ( Research in Dr. Hurwitz’s group focuses on developing novel data science techniques for elucidating systems-level biology at the interface between the environment, microbes, and their hosts. In particular, the candidate will be focused on functional interactions between the gut microbiome and host-associated disease states. Applicants in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, or biological sciences are encouraged to apply. The position is available immediately and can be renewed annually.

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
  • Develop novel bioinformatics pipelines to facilitate comparative metagenomics, systems biology, and ecosystem-level analyses of host-microbe-environment interactions.
  • Apply imaginative solutions to complex and interdisciplinary problems, with a dedicated interest in data science research.
  • Participate in producing peer-reviewed publications.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Candidates must have a PhD or expected PhD by Summer 2017 in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, biological sciences, or a related area.
  • Experience with metagenomics, genomics, systems biology and bioinformatics.
  • Experience in programming and software development, especially R, Python and/or Perl.
  • Be highly motivated and able to work both independently and with a collaborative team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.
Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in the following areas: high performance computing, systems biology, statistics, and data mining.

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 $55,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20386
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Open Date 06/09/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 06/19/2017
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. 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 or expected PhD by Summer 2017 in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, biological sciences, or a related area?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents