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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Department Neuroscience (2529)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The Department of Neuroscience has an opening for a qualified and highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate I beginning in January 2018. The successful candidate will join Dr. Martha Bhattacharya’s laboratory which is focused on the molecular and cellular study of nerve damage responses in both mice and Drosophila (fruit flies). The long-term goal of our research is to identify ways to delay or prevent the degeneration of axons in neurodegenerative diseases, thus preserving nerve function. Candidates who are eligible to compete for postdoctoral funding, such as the NIH Ruth L Kirschstein Institutional National Service Awards (NRSA), are strongly preferred.

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

• Assume responsibility for one or more projects that will generate data for publications and grant applications, likely focused on studies of the role of membrane proteins in axon injury responses and relevant neurodegenerative disorders.
• Mentor rotation students and/or undergraduates
• Keep detailed records of experiments, analyze data independently, and create figures
• Apply for postdoctoral fellowships from the NIH and other sources to support the position
• Work as a member of a team to achieve laboratory scientific goals
• Work evenings and weekends as needed to complete experiments and meet laboratory timelines (grant deadlines, etc.)

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Record keeping and organizational skills
• Attention to detail
• A positive attitude

Minimum Qualifications

• Ph.D., or imminent completion of PhD in neuroscience or a molecular/cellular biology field.
• Experience with or desire to work with mice.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with mouse handling, mouse dissection, cell culture (sterile technique), and/or molecular biology techniques (cloning, Western blotting, etc)
• Publication, or imminent publication, of findings in one or more scientific journals
• Eligibility to compete for NIH & NSF postdoctoral funding
• Excellent writing and speaking ability

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 $47,659 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20451
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Martha Bhattacharya,

Open Date 09/28/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/09/2017
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 Ph.D., or imminent completion of PhD in neuroscience or a molecular/cellular biology field?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

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