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Assistant Research Scientist, UACC-Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)

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Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.
Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

References: Please list 3 professional references including address, title, phone and email address.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Research Scientist, UACC-Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
Department Cancer Center Division (0721)
Location Greater Phoenix Area
Position Summary

An Assistant Research Scientist position is available in the laboratory of Dr. William Cance in the department of Interdisciplinary Oncology at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Phoenix. Dr. Cance is Deputy Director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. The primary goal of Dr. Cance’s translational research program is to study the mechanisms of sensitivity/resistance to inhibitors of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) by creating novel FAK-scaffold inhibitors. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry with a strong background and significant experience in drug design, synthesis, and medicinal chemistry. The candidate should have experience in pharmaceutical industry approaches to small molecule drug development in the cancer arena as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills. This individual will be expected to work independently and in a team environment. Experience with structure-based drug design, NMR approaches to drug development, fragment-based drug design and novel medicinal chemistry approaches for drug design and organic synthesis is required. The College of Medicine – Phoenix offers several professional development opportunities including workshops on NIH grant writing, manuscript writing, and laboratory management. The cover letter should include the applicant’s qualifications, career objectives, and contact information of three references.

The Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology is a multidisciplinary unit composed of faculty with research interests in a broad array of cancer cell biology, genetics, and cell signaling. In addition, the Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine and affiliate institutions such as the Translational Genomics Research Institute, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital/Barrow Neurological Institute and the Arizona State University NMR laboratory offer abundant opportunities for collaborative research efforts.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix anchors the 28-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus in the heart of the Valley of the Sun. The College inspires and trains individuals to become exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders who are life-long learners and inquisitive scholars. We embrace professionalism, innovation and collaboration to optimize health and health care for all. The Phoenix Biomedical Campus embodies the University’s priorities of engagement, partnership, innovation, and synergy in its world-class academic and research initiatives, with clinical facilities throughout Greater Phoenix. The campus also houses the UA Colleges of Public Health, Pharmacy, and Nursing, as well as Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the International Genomics Consortium. The University of Arizona Cancer Center in association with Dignity Health recently opened a new clinical facility and a new research building is under construction.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Accepting a new position is a big life step. We want potential candidates and their families to be able to make informed decisions. Candidates who are considering relocation to the Tucson or Phoenix area, and have been offered an on-site interview, are encouraged to use the free services offered by Above & Beyond Relocation Services (ABRS).Ask your department contact to be introduced to ABRS prior to your visit.

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Perform independent research experiments under the direction of the principal investigator and/or co-principal investigator.
  • Contribute to grant writing, manuscript preparation and participation at scientific conferences.
  • Design and perform experiments, interpret data, and analyze results as outlined in NIH Grant.
  • Present findings, and prepare and submit manuscripts and research grants.
  • Work collaboratively with NMR and X-Ray Crystallographic colleagues to perform structure-based drug design.
  • Design and synthesize lead compounds and tether fragment hits.
  • Develop and manage high-throughput screening activities.
  • Review in silico drug searches for appropriate drug-like compounds.
  • Express and purify proteins utilized for structural biology approaches.
  • Develop and maintain detailed records of experiments, analyzing and writing findings.
  • Develop and implement protocols as dictated by experimental results.
  • May supervise laboratory staff and manage laboratory purchasing as needed.
  • Other duties may be assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • A PhD in an area of organic chemistry or pharmacology.
  • A strong background in medicinal chemistry and cancer drug development.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with NMR, fragment-based approaches to drug design.
  • Pharmaceutical company experience in drug design in cancer.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $42,000 - $50,000 Annually, Depending on Experience
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22217
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

College of Medicine-Phoenix
Office of Human Resources

Open Date 11/22/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 12/04/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

References: Please list 3 professional references including address, title, phone and email address.

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. * Please confirm that you understand that this position is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
    • I understand that this position is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
  3. * Do you have a PhD in an area of organic chemistry or pharmacology?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a strong background in medicinal chemistry and cancer drug development?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents