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Postdoctoral Research Associate I - Behavioral

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I - Behavioral
Department Pharmacology (0719)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The Department of Pharmacology at the University of Arizona seeks a Behavioral Post-doctoral associate who will work on developing and evaluating new therapies for malignant and non-malignant skeletal health and disease under the direction of Dr. Patrick Mantyh. This program will be focused on using behavioral analyses to investigate the molecules that regulate skeletal health, aging, disease, and pain. Research will be focused on the regulation and modulation of skeletal pain using molecules including NGF and sclerostin in bone cancer, bone fracture, and the aged skeleton mouse models.

Applicants must be able to commit to working in the lab for a minimum of two years.

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
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct active rodent behavioral research on a semi-independent basis under direction of PI.
  • Uphold timely, appropriate, and professional communication with PI.
  • Work collaboratively with PI and fellow lab members.
  • Supervise technical and non-technical staff.
  • Follows lab safety regulations for handling and disposing of test samples.
  • Develop and understand scientific rationale for experiments.
  • Express active interest in independently learning scientific background and current research done in the field in order to work towards contributing new ideas that promote current research.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Assist in preparation and publication of scientific manuscripts.
  • Write and update SOP manuals.
  • Execute experiments and participate in experimental design.
  • Excellent data analysis capabilities, leadership experience essential.
  • Preference will be given to more advanced individuals who have a proven track record of exceptional publications, funding (if appropriate), a promising or highly regarded professional reputation, and the potential for scientific leadership.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. degree.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Interest in developing new behavioral paradigms.
  • Read and understand the background literature, and ultimately become qualified to become a full author on the papers that result from their work.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Highly motivated and have an interest in learning and applying new techniques.
  • Background and hands on experience in a rodent laboratory or veterinary setting.
  • Background in performing rodent behavioral observations and analysis; including but not limited to activity boxes, weight bearing and locomotion.
  • Significant interest in developing new behavioral paradigms to study skeletal health.
  • Creative thinking skills.
  • Independent drive to study relevant literature.
  • Experience and desire to design and perform experimental animal research.
  • Strong proficiency in the English language as members of the lab routinely author peer-reviewed manuscripts.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week
Job Category Postdoctoral Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required:

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20053
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 09/14/2015
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Lisa Majuta

Open Date 08/31/2015
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 09/09/2015
Special Instructions to Applicant
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * 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
  3. * Do you currently have a Ph.D.; OR, will you upon hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you possess excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills, attention to detail; AND an interest in developing new behavioral paradigms?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you possess the ability to read and understand the background literature, and ultimately become qualified to become a full author on the papers that result from their work?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

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