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Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Steele Children's Research Center (UPDATED)

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Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Steele Children's Research Center (UPDATED)
Department Children's Research Center (0772)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

Please Note: The FTE for this posting has increased from .80 to 1.0, as a result the applicant review date has been extended to 4/23/2018. If you previously applied for this position your application is under consideration and it is not necessary to reapply. This position is for a Postdoctoral Research Associate I to participate in studies related to molecular and cellular biology of NHE8 transporters in physiological and pathophysiological conditions. Work will involve cell culture, immunological, molecular biological procedures and animal experiments. This position is located in the NIH-funded gastrointestinal research labs at the Steele Children’s Research Center.

At the UA Steele Children’s Research Center, our physician-scientists and researchers are passionately dedicated to improving children’s health through basic science research, translational research and clinical research.

As the research arm of the UA Department of Pediatrics, the Steele Center is one of the prestigious Centers of Excellence in the UA College of Medicine.

Our researchers and physician-scientists conduct research in many areas, such as autism, autoimmune disorders, cancer and blood diseases, type 1 diabetes, GI disorders and lung disease, to name a few. Our researchers receive grant support from national funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the CDC, foundations, non-profit organizations and community philanthropy.

In all our endeavors-whether it’s teaching, healing or discovering, we are committed to improving children’s health!

The department is seeking an individual who is able to work with diverse students, trainees and colleagues, and who has experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives.

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
  • Breed mouse colonies.
  • Design and perform experiments.
  • Purify RNA/DNA/protein from collected tissue samples for detecting gene and protein expression via Real-Time PCR and western blotting.
  • Measure NHE8 activity with intracellular pH measurement method in cultured gut epithelial cells.
  • Isolate intestinal crypts for organoid culture
  • Maintain human and mouse intestinal organoids.
  • Collect and analyze data generated from above experiments.
  • Communicate and cooperate with lab members, including the potential to supervise undergraduate students, graduate students, and technicians.
  • Review literature to develop new concepts and research procedures.
  • Maintains detailed records of all experiments performed to ensure that policy/procedures are followed.
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Skills on computer programs including Excel, Quantity One, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
Minimum Qualifications
  • MD and/or PhD degree in Molecular Biology or Physiology.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with NHE study, animal model, and molecular biological techniques
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 32
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 P20463
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 01/16/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Hua Xu

Open Date 10/06/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 04/23/2018
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

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  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 PhD and/or M.D. degree, or an equivalent degree?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

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