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Assistant Staff Scientist

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Staff Scientist
Department Molecular and Cellular Biology (0417)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology is looking for a lab manager with a background in Biology: The researcher will oversee the lab’s day-to-day operations, including ordering supplies, keeping inventory, maintaining laboratory stock, following safety regulations, assisting and training other lab members and contributing to the development of a new experimental approaches that involve reconstructing ancient molecular components and observing their biological functions in modern microbial cells.

The Kacar Lab ( at the University of Arizona works at the interface of molecular and experimental evolution, genome engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology and astrobiology. The following position is available immediately and will remain open until the position is filled.

The position includes competitive salary and full benefits, and is for 1 year in duration with potential extension for 2 or more years thereafter.

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!

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Duties & Responsibilities

In general, we are looking for team members who have good personal skills, a willingness to work across disciplinary boundaries, and who are enthusiastic about developing novel experimental systems and techniques. Our work is funded through the John Templeton Foundation, the National Science Foundation, NASA Astrobiology Institute and NASA Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology Programs. Team members need to have a true interest in fundamental questions that relate to evolution (at the molecular or systems levels), the origins of life and astrobiology. We collaborate with geologists, microbiologists, geneticists and astronomers, so please expect to work in a transdisciplinary research environment. If your skills aren’t listed above, but you are interested in our work and see a possible role for yourself in the group, please feel free to contact Betül at

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

B.Sc. or higher in Biology, Genetics, Microbiology or related discipline. Experience with bacterial microbiology laboratory techniques (culturing, sterile handling, etc.) is required. Previous experience with molecular biology, and fundamental DNA engineering techniques. Familiarity with protein biochemistry. Good organizational skills, ability to work as a part of a collaborative scientific group, leadership and excellent communication skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications
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 DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22271
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 12/07/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Lilian Schwartz 621-3784

Open Date 12/15/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/03/2017
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

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  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 B.Sc. or higher in Biology, Genetics, Microbiology or related discipline?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents