Research Specialist

Position Details

Position Information

Title Research Specialist
Department Pathology (0720)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

This Research Specialist position is to achieve the goals of the translational research laboratory by performing a variety of technical and clerical duties related to tumor banking efforts, review of patient cases, database entry, tissue acquisition, design and implementation of research projects, experiments, and in vitro correlative studies. Incumbent will also perform the day-to-day supervision and coordination of research staff and students, taking charge of the execution of research projects.

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!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Back-up for ANCHOR specimen processing, performing quality control on mock specimens/anal swabs involving RNA extraction and RT-PCR experiments, and epithelial cell cultures (~70%).
  • Tissue Procurement of lymphoma specimens including coordination with TACMASR for tissue processing and paraffin embedding and snap-freezing of tissue, and data base management involving TissueMetrix. (10%).
  • Translational lymphoma research including techniques such as cell culture, immunoprecipitations, protein extraction, western blotting, immunohistochemistry, RNA extraction and RT-PCR, radioactive labeling of proteins with S35, immunofluorescence stainings, etc., and establishing new methods (20%).
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating data.
  • Skill in report writing.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
Minimum Qualifications

Please see Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications below.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two years related research experience; OR, Six years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in methods such as western blotting, immunoprecipitations, cell culture, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence methods and protein extractions, RNA/DNA extraction and RT-PCR.
  • CITI, Bloodborne Pathogen, HIPAA and Lab Safety Certification.
  • Knowledge of processing BM and PB samples for cells, slides, serum/plasma.
  • Knowledge of tissue processing to yield frozen or paraffin blocks.
  • Computer skills: Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Excel, Microsoft Access, Database software, RefMan, Corel Draw, Microsoft Outlook, Orbitz, Co-Path.
  • Proficient in graphics, such as creating graphs, figures, tables, illustrations, and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Understanding of Good Laboratory or Clinical Practices for clinical trials.
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 DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24178
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 11/01/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Monika Schmelz, PhD

Open Date 10/25/2017
Review Start Date 10/30/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
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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 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 bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two years related research experience; OR, Six years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents