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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

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**Please submit a CV and the names of three references, including their addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.**

Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Department School of Plant Sciences-Res (2425)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The laboratory of Dr. Marc Orbach is seeking highly motivated candidates for an NIH-funded postdoctoral position to study the biology of pathogenesis of the Valley Fever fungus, Coccidioides spp. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Orbach joining a motivated, highly collaborative interdisciplinary group that is developing an attenuated vaccine for coccidiodomycosis.

We are seeking a skilled fungal molecular biologist/geneticist/biochemist or cell biologist to join our group studying the biology of the vaccine strain by identifying the interactions and pathways that our vaccine candidate gene affects using cellular localization studies, protein-protein interactions and RNA expression analyses. This project is part of a larger NIH-funded program to develop a canine vaccine for valley fever, through pre-clinical studies.

The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, biotechnology or a related field. Previous work experience with fungi is preferred.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

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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 and conduct independent experiments in close collaboration with the PI and other lab members.
  • Evaluate all data, maintain detailed and appropriate records of experimental plans, activities and all findings.
  • Contribute to an overall collaborative and energetic environment for scientific inquiry.
  • Stay current with the scientific literature, participate in scientific discussions with other members of the lab and project, and attend mandatory lab meetings.
  • Assist with the generation of stock reagents as well as the maintenance of the general lab operation.
  • Additional duties may be assigned as it relates to this position.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, biotechnology or a related field.
  • Excellent organizational/record keeping/time management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and publish their scientific findings.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous work experience with fungi.
  • Experience with fungal pathogens, and/or working in a BSL3 environment.
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic about science.
  • Bioinformatics skills.
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 $47,659 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20461
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 12/04/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Marc Orbach at

Open Date 10/11/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/23/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please submit a CV and the names of three references, including their addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

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.

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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 have a PhD in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, biotechnology or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you possess excellent organizational/record keeping/time management skills; excellent interpersonal skills; AND a demonstrated ability to analyze and publish their scientific findings?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

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