Skip to Main Content

Research Specialist, Senior (UAHS)

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying to the opening.  To apply to the position, please click the Apply to this Job link/button.

If you would like to bookmark this position for later review, click on the Bookmark link.  If you would like to print a copy of this position for your records, click on the Print Preview link.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Research Specialist, Senior (UAHS)
Department Valley Fever Ctr for Excellnc (0795)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The Research Specialist, Senior is a full time position in the Valley Fever Center for Excellence (VFCE) with the responsibility of conducting experiments to develop vaccine candidate formulations with the goal of preventing Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis) in dogs and humans. This position will perform laboratory research studying the fungus coccidioides immitis and coccidioides posadasii.

The VFCE has received a four-year federal award to study the mechanism of immunity for Valley Fever that is generated by the vaccine that the Research Specialist, Senior will assist with.

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 retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Develop and validate assays to support growth kinetics/characterization, process development, formulation stability and host animal responses.
  • Ensure SOPs, protocols, and laboratory procedures are followed.
  • Project budgets and procure general laboratory supplies and research equipment.
  • Perform skilled procedures, tests and/or analyses as required.
  • Maintain detailed records of information necessary for complete accounting of all laboratory activities related to select agent C. posadasii and C. immitis.
  • Perform critical support functions for multiple projects requiring growth of Coccidioides spp.
  • Develop and update protocols including new techniques or changes in supplies or reagents that will increase efficacy without compromising personnel safety as appropriate for research with C. posadasii and C. immitis.
  • Develop new SOPs as appropriate.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Skill in microbiology laboratory techniques.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of working with fungal pathogens.
  • Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analysis and skill in their application.
  • Understanding of the mechanisms and life cycle of C. posadasii and C. immitis.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating data.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Please see Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications below.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years of related research experience; OR, bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and four years of related research experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Willingness and ability for occasional travel to support vaccine production.
  • Industrial Microbiology experience.
  • Familiarity with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $40,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24063
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Lety Yzabal

Open Date 09/29/2017
Review Start Date 10/04/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings
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 diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * 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
  2. * Do you have a Master's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years related research experience; OR, a Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and four years related research experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have the ability to travel as needed?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have knowledge/experience in microbiology?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have Industrial Microbiology experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have familiarity with GMP?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents