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Research Specialist

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Research Specialist
Department BIO5 Institute (9011)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Driven by the original BIO5 inspiration of excellence, hundreds of researchers from over 20 colleges and departments across the UA work together to advance the pace of scientific discovery and tackle our world’s critical biological challenges. The Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF) funding that helped launch BIO5 continues to be a catalyst in establishing major initiatives which provide a return on investment to the people of Arizona: innovative research efforts that will improve health and save lives, and an entrepreneurial culture with scientists working across disciplines to accelerate commercial translation of research breakthroughs.

The successful candidate will carry out technical aspects of research activities to understand the interaction between the brain and the protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. The research uses the mouse model of toxoplasmosis and is primarily focused on understanding the relationship between Toxoplasma, the cells of the CNS, and the CNS immune response.

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.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

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 World at Work 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

• Management of breeding colonies (multiple strains): breeding, weaning, identification of individual mice, and genotyping. Daily observation of the general health of mice and phenotypic presentations such as physical abnormalities, tumors, or abnormal behavior such as seizures.

• Management of databases for each colony, including tracking of mice as transferred to other lab members or labs for experiments.

• Assists in submitting IACUC protocol amendments and renewals.

• Cell culture maintenance for the lab- including splitting and passing primary cells (human) and immortalized cells (human, mouse).

• Responsible for conducting routine testing of laboratory reagents for Mycoplasma contamination (via quantitative PCR).

• Designs and executes experiments and appropriately analyzes data for the projects within the lab.

• Maintains organized laboratory and a safe work environment (interface with RLSS).

• Coordinates training of new laboratory members, including ensuring they have done appropriate online and in person training as well as any appropriate lab tests

• Operates laboratory equipment and performs minor equipment maintenance. Communicates with service technicians for major equipment repairs or service.

• Assist with generating figures for and writing of manuscripts for publication and grants.

• Assist and supervise junior lab members.

• Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Knowledge of basic molecular and cellular principles and techniques.
• Must be a team player which means the ability to work in laboratory setting with a wide-variety of laboratory members (from high school students to postdoctoral fellows, from a wide range of backgrounds).
• Appropriate word processing and data presentation skills (e.g. using programs such as Word; Excel; Prism).
• Willingness to acquire new skills, develop new techniques/protocols, and work independently.

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

• Intimate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ImageJ, and Photoshop.
• History of hands on laboratory work and basic molecular techniques.
• History of working with mice.
• History of working with eukaryotic parasites.

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: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24324
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Anita Koshy

Open Date 12/07/2017
Review Start Date 12/18/2017
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 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

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