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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Multiple Positions)

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Position Details

Position Information

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

Located in beautiful Tucson, the University of Arizona College of Medicine (UA CoM) established in 1967 has 19 departments, five basic science and 14 clinical science, along with 10 Centers of Excellence, dedicated to specific areas of research, clinical care and teaching. With research funding reaching nearly $167 million in 2012, come be a part of the team that is dedicated to promote health and improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease for the people of Arizona and beyond, through education, research and patient care.

The Department of Pharmacology in CoM has a strong internationally recognized program dedicated to the study of various forms of pain including cancer, skeletal, neuropathic, headache, and inflammation-induced pain, as well as molecular and cellular changes in the blood brain barrier. The expertise of the current faculty members encompasses a spectrum of molecular, neurobiological, cardiovascular, and neuropharmacological techniques allowing for vibrant collaborative efforts designed to address the question of the underlying causes and treatment of chronic pain.

To this end, Postdoctoral Research Associate I positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Rajesh Khanna, to study cell biology/biochemistry of sodium channel NaV1.7 regulation by novel proteins. Our work focuses on targeting regulators of voltage-gated calcium and sodium channels as a potential strategy for relief of chronic pain. The lab has a strong record of high impact papers with multiple recent publications in Nature Medicine, Pain, and PNAS. Major techniques include immunohistochemistry, protein-protein interactions and protein biochemistry are employed to support findings from our behavioral and electrophysiological experiments.

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.

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
  • Perform experiments to further existing research programs and grants, concentrating on identifying new signaling regulators of channels and their mechanisms, utilizing both in vitro and in vivo models.
  • Experience with molecular biology, IF, IHC, Western analysis, and enzyme assays.
  • Experience with phosphorylation, ubiquitination, and/or a mouse colony handling.
  • Share supervisory responsibility for research technical staff including graduate and undergraduate students.
  • If required, present talks, posters and research findings at national and international conferences.
  • Attend regular group meetings; manage, maintain, and order laboratory equipment and supplies; and respond to administrative request and procedures.
  • Generate new ideas and projects for development.
  • Assist with preparation of grants and manuscripts.
  • Supervising and training junior students, may be required.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • M.D. or Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, or related field.
Preferred Qualifications
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Postdoctoral Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20325
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date 04/01/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Rajesh Khanna

Open Date 01/25/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 02/03/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement
Quick Link for Internal Postings

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 have electrophysiology experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a MD or PhD in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, or related field?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

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