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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Mulitiple Positions)

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Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Mulitiple Positions)
Department Animal&Biomedical Sciences-Res (2450)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Multiple Postdoctoral Research Associate I positions are currently available in the Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory (APL) in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. The positions are located on the University of Arizona campus.
Specifically, the candidates will conduct research on characterization of viral diseases in shrimp. The effort will be 100% towards research, diagnostic services, and supervision. The positions are for one year, with the possibility of being extended for a second year, dependent on the progress of the APL project.

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
  • Primarily work on molecular characterization of etiologic agents causing viral, bacterial and fungal diseases in shrimp.
  • Identification of the etiologic agents for emerging diseases in shrimp using biological and molecular tools.
  • Work with others in the lab to apply functional genomics approaches to identify and characterize genes that are involved in viral, bacterial or fungal pathogenesis, and validate these genes as targets for developing anti-microbial therapies.
  • Support PCR-based disease diagnostic work in order to maintain the APL as a fully functional research and diagnostic service facility of the University of Arizona.
  • Conduct genomic and microbiological studies primarily on the bacterial agent, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, etiologic agent of Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) (also known as Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease, AHPND).
  • Conduct original research and write publications.
  • Assist principal investigator and other researchers in on-going project work.
  • Supervise and mentor technicians and students (both graduate and undergraduate) in the lab
  • Participate and assist the principal investigator in project extension activities as needed.
  • May attend professional society meetings and present research findings.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Ability to apply novel biological and molecular tools to identify the etiologic agents of diseases causing mass mortalities.
  • Skill in applying cutting edge molecular and microbiological tools to develop therapies against these diseases.
  • Ability to support PCR-based diagnostic work for shrimp diseases in the daily operation of the APL.
  • Skill in developing and maintaining collaborations with the Principal Investigator and other researchers.
  • Ability to supervise and mentor technicians and students (both graduate and undergraduate) in the lab.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D.
  • Strong background in Molecular Biology, Virology & Microbiology.
  • Ability to design experiments and conduct research as well as write abstracts, manuscripts and prepare scientific presentations.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills are required.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of diseases of fish and shellfish.
  • Skills to supervise graduate students/ researchers/ visiting scientist.
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 $48,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20466
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Arun Dhar

Open Date 10/17/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/27/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
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.

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Supplemental Questions

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  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 PhD?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

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