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Assistant Research Scientist, Basic Medical Sciences (Phoenix, AZ)

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Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

References: Please list 3 professional references including address, title, phone and email address.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Research Scientist, Basic Medical Sciences (Phoenix, AZ)
Department COM Phx Basic Medical Sci (0660)
Location Greater Phoenix Area
Position Summary

A full-time position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Rayna J Gonzales in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. The successful candidate is expected to assist in studies in the area of cerebro- and cardiovascular physiology. We are seeking a well-rounded, motivated and enthusiastic individual with experience performing research in a biomedical laboratory setting. Techniques in the laboratory include functional analysis of isolated pressurized arteries using myography and pharmacological techniques, molecular biology (PCR and Western blot), immunofluorescence, cell culture (human and rodent primary cells), and in vivo assessment of cerebrovascular function in normal and transgenic rodents using MR angiography and Doppler flow measurements. The candidate should have some prior experience small rodent handling and surgical skills with experimental stroke models (i.e. MCAO). This individual should be detailed oriented, conscientious, and able to follow instructions and have the ability to communicate in a clear, concise manner orally and in writing.
The Department of Basic Medical Sciences is a multidisciplinary unit composed of faculty with research interests in cardiac and vascular biology; developmental, cell and molecular biology; evolution of vertebrate morphology; gene environment interactions and epigenetics; host-microbe interactions and immunology; medical education; platform development, medical devices and procedures; and signaling and steroid biology. In addition, the Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine and affiliate institutions such as the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Phoenix Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital/Barrow Neurological Institute and the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium offer abundant opportunities for collaborative research efforts.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix anchors the 28-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus in the heart of the Valley of the Sun. The College inspires and trains individuals to become exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders who are life-long learners and inquisitive scholars. We embrace professionalism, innovation and collaboration to optimize health and health care for all. The Phoenix Biomedical Campus embodies the University’s priorities of engagement, partnership, innovation, and synergy in its world-class academic and research initiatives, with clinical facilities throughout Greater Phoenix. The campus also houses the UA Colleges of Public Health, Pharmacy, and Nursing, as well as Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the International Genomics Consortium. The University of Arizona Cancer Center in association with Dignity Health recently opened a new clinical facility and a new research building is under construction.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Perform independent research experiments under the direction of the principal investigator including the use of standard molecular biology techniques and biochemical assays, perform functional analysis of small isolated, pressurized cerebral arteries using pharmacological techniques, establish and maintain rat vascular smooth muscle and endothelium cell culture and blood vessel tissue incubation.
  • Contribute to writing duties including but not limited to manuscript preparation and participation at scientific conferences.
  • Contribute towards daily activities of the laboratory including monitoring biohazard and radioisotope usage, ordering lab supplies, and maintaining a clean workable environment.
  • Train students and staff in the operation of equipment and/or in the performance of technical procedures as directed by the principal investigator.
  • Design and perform experiments, interpret data, analyze results.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Critical thinking skills for design and coordination of experiments.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (i.e. written) via grant writing and manuscript preparation.
  • Ability to participate at scientific conferences and present findings.
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in a related area of science with prior laboratory experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Background in cardiovascular or cell/molecular physiology is preferred.
  • Willingness to work with small rodents and experience in small animal surgery.
  • Knowledge of principle research methods, data collection and analyses.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (oral and written).
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $34,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21918
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

College of Medicine-Phoenix
Office of Human Resources and Business Administration
COMPHX-HRServices@email.arizona.edu

Open Date 07/28/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 08/07/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant


Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.


Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).


References: Please list 3 professional references including address, title, phone and email address.

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

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
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  2. * Do you realize this job is located in Phoenix, Arizona?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a PhD in a related area of science with prior laboratory experience?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

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