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Postdoctoral Research Associate III

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate III
Department Cellular & Molecular Medicine (0710)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The University of Arizona Cancer Center and Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine are seeking highly motivated candidates for the full-time position of Postdoctoral Research Associate III in the Laboratory of Dr. Curtis Thorne (thornelab.org). Dr. Thorne’s NIH-funded research team incorporates experimental and computational approaches to identify molecular mechanisms controlling cell fate, self-organization and disease progression of regenerative tissues. Current studies focus on signal processing and kinase networks in the intestinal epithelium, a prime example of highly regenerative tissue in humans. We use complex intestinal 2D and 3D organoid culture models to test our hypotheses. The laboratory generates, analyzes, and integrates large image data sets to measure high dimensional single cell signatures from healthy and cancer cells from diverse genetic and environmental perturbations. Through our novel organoid culture models, quantitative high-throughput imaging and drug discovery efforts, we are finding new ways to understand and repair these networks.

The successful Postdoctoral candidate will possess a biochemical/cell/computational skill set appropriate to accomplish the lab’s goals. In addition, they will possess the drive required to perform high quality cancer research and will be able to work productively with others and alone. The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Cancer Center are dedicated to training the next generation of scientists, and the Postdoctoral candidate will benefit from the diverse and interdisciplinary environment at the University of Arizona.

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.

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
  • Lead a research project in close collaboration with the PI and other lab members.
  • Innovate new areas of experimental and computational inquiry.
  • Mentor junior lab members and contribute to a productive scientific environment.
  • Maintain detailed records and disseminate research findings in meetings and as manuscripts in scientific journals.
  • Apply for independent funding and contribute to grant proposals submitted by the PI.
  • There may be additional duties assigned as it relates to this position.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Skilled in cell/molecular laboratory techniques and/or computational analysis.
  • Excellent organizational/record-keeping skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic for science.
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD or MD in molecular or cellular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics,
    computational science, immunology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, or related field by time of hire.
  • Documented ability to conduct original research.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Thorough understanding of signal transduction and mechanisms of cancer progression.
  • Experience with high-content imaging and computational image processing and analysis.
  • Proficiency in LINUX/UNIX, R, Matlab, and Python.
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 $50,316+ Annually, DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20442
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Curtis Thorne, PhD
curtisthorne@email.arizona.edu

Open Date 09/20/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/02/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please note: Upon submitting your application, your references will receive an automated email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

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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  2. * Upon hire, will you have a PhD or MD in molecular or cellular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, computational science, immunology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, or related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Please discuss your documented ability to conduct original research.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

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