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Research/Laboratory Assistant, Basic Medical Sciences (Part Time) (Phoenix, AZ)

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

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 Research/Laboratory Assistant, Basic Medical Sciences (Part Time) (Phoenix, AZ)
Department COM Phx Basic Medical Sci (0660)
Location Greater Phoenix Area
Position Summary

A part time position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Shenfeng Qiu in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, investigating the role of biological mechanisms of genetic risks for neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia. The successful candidate will be a well-rounded, enthusiastic individual with training in the broad area of biomedical sciences and experience performing research in a laboratory setting. 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, 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.

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Coordinates the activities of student workers.
  • Performs standard laboratory procedures such as maintaining cell cultures requiring the use of sterile technique, processing tissue samples and preparing slides using staining techniques.
  • Performs routine experiments and analyses, as requested.
  • Maintains animal which includes feeding, watering, sexing and breeding the subjects.
  • Compiles data and assists in routine preliminary analyses; maintains research data in laboratory notebook, writes summary reports and reports findings to investigator.
  • Assists in performing surgeries and dissections on animals which includes setting up equipment and supplies, preparing animals for surgery, anesthetizing and monitoring heart rate of animal and harvesting tissue samples and readily accessible organs.
  • Collects samples or data and performs lab analysis and/or quantifies and tabulates results.
  • Operates laboratory and experimental equipment such as microtomes, microscopes, electron microscopes, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, analytical balances, photometers and spectrometers; makes minor repairs and makes arrangements for major repairs to be performed.
  • Organizes supplies, materials or equipment and sets-up equipment for laboratory experiments or demonstrations; may perform minor equipment maintenance.
  • Maintains detailed records of controlled substances in the laboratory; packages waste material and arranges for disposal according to established procedures.
  • Assists with basic mathematical and statistical analyses.
  • Follows established procedures to prepare solutions, media and reagents using arithmetical calculations for measuring; performs library research to find appropriate procedures, as required.
  • Cleans glassware and other laboratory equipment or materials using appropriate standards; keeps laboratory area clean.
  • Performs clerical tasks such as filing, typing, labeling and billing; inventories and requisitions supplies and materials.
  • Assists in training Research/Laboratory Glassware Attendants and/or students working in the laboratory.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of the methods, materials and techniques used in laboratory and research work.
  • Knowledge of research and laboratory equipment appropriate to the area of the assignment.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
  • Skill in recording research data.
Minimum Qualifications

Please see Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications below.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Three years of related laboratory or field research experience; OR,any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise manner orally and in writing.
  • Familiarity with tissue culture, immunological methods such as western blotting, immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry.
  • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques, such as cloning, electrophoresis and PCR.
Full Time/Part Time Part Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 19
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible No
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $10.00 - $12.84 Per Hour, Depending on Experience
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24048
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
COMPHX-HRServices@email.arizona.edu

Open Date 09/21/2017
Review Start Date 09/26/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
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.

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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.

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
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    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • 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
  2. * Please confirm that you understand that this position is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
    • I understand that this position is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
  3. * Do you have three years of related laboratory or field research experience; OR,any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents