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Assistant Research Scientist

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Research Scientist
Department Physiology (0705)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

Department of Physiology and the research laboratory of Dr. Ayako Makino are seeking a highly-motivated Research Scientist (Cardiovascular Physiologist). Our area of research focuses on the vascular complication in diabetes, in particular mitochondrial function, calcium handling in the endoplasmic reticulum, and cell-cell communication in endothelial and smooth muscle cells. The incumbent must have skills to conduct physiological experiments using mice (i.e., evaluation of cardiac function including the measurement of LVSP, dP/dt, and EF by insertion of a Millar catheter into the carotid artery and the assessment of CFR or CFVR using ultrasound, dissection of small arteries [coronary and pulmonary artery], and endothelial/smooth muscle cell isolation).

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
  • Perform physiological experiments in mice (i.e., evaluation of cardiac function using Millar system (e.g., LVSP, dP/dt, EF) and coronary flow reserve using Vevo2100, and making the cardiac ischemia/reperfusion model, dissection of small arteries [coronary and pulmonary artery]).
  • Isolate vascular endothelial/smooth muscle cells from mouse heart and lung.
  • Conduct basic molecular biological experiments (e.g., Western Blot, PCR, qPCR).
  • Data acquisition and analysis, grant and manuscript preparation, and presentation of findings at weekly lab meetings.
  • Coordinate with other investigators for lab research including maintaining the function of lab equipment, managing the lab research record (including methodological approaches and animal protocols), and maintaining transgenic mouse colony.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Skills of physiological experiments including evaluation of cardiac functions, cell isolation, and generation of I/R mouse model.
  • Skill in conducting PCR, qPCR, and WB.
  • Skills of animal handling and management of mouse colony.
  • Aseptic techniques.
  • Cell culture.
  • Ability to write a draft of manuscript and edit the content.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences and at least two (2) years’ work experience in a laboratory.
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 $48,000 - $50,000 Annually, DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22313
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 01/29/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Ayako Makino PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology
PO Box 245051
Tucson, AZ 85724-5051

Open Date 01/05/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/22/2018
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 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

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. * Upon hire, will you possess a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences with at least two (2) years of experience working in a research lab?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research Interests
  4. Reference/Referee Contact Information
Optional Documents