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Assistant Research Scientist

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Research Scientist
Department Children's Research Center (0772)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

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.

The Children’s Research Center seeks a candidate for a position of Assistant Research Scientist to pursue studies related to the role of sodium-hydrogen exchanger 8 in mucosal protection and tumor development in the intestine. Work will involve cell culture, immunological, molecular biological procedures and in vivo murine experiments. This position is in the research lab of Drs. Fayez K. Ghishan and Hua Xu.

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 and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Design and independently execute experiments; Collect and perform preliminary analysis of generated data.
  • Train and supervise undergraduate, medical and graduate student lab members.
  • Work as a member of the principal investigators research team and contribute novel hypotheses, ideas, and develop novel methodologies.
  • Contribute and participate in the authorship of research publications and presentations.
  • Collect, analyze and graph data, conclude research projects in a timely manner, and write reports, manuscripts and grants.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Excellent communication and writing skills for grant submissions and publications.
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD degree.
  • Minimum two years of post-doctoral training in molecular biology, or cell biology, or physiology, and minimum four years of experience in research involving molecular/cellular biology.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques, mammalian cell culture, mouse disease models, confocal microscopy, ELISA.
  • Ability to rapidly and successfully learn new techniques.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a laboratory research environment.
  • Comfortable trouble-shooting in laboratory experiments.
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 $47,000 - $50,000 Annually, DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22263
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Hua Xu

Open Date 12/07/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 12/18/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please have 3 reference letters e-mailed to

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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    • Chronicle of Higher Education
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    • Other
  2. * Do you have a PhD?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Upon hire, will you possess at least two (2) years of post-doctoral training in molecular biology, or cell biology, or physiology, and at least four (4) years of experience in research involving molecular/cellular biology?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

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