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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Department School of Plant Sciences-Res (2425)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the School of Plant Sciences at University of Arizona to work on dsRNA therapy for control of psyllid and citrus greening or HLB in citrus. The incumbent will be involved in an USDA-NIFA funded project focusing on developing effective delivery system that increases uptake and systemic translocation of small dsRNA molecules to the citrus phloem, that when ingested by psyllids, induces RNA-interference (RNAi). Research will be in the Extension Plant Pathology laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Alex Hu and in collaboration with Dr. Judith Brown in Virology laboratory.

A Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Biological Sciences, Plant Sciences, or closely related field. Hands-on experience with basic molecular biology techniques is preferred. Experience working with solvent, surfactants and formulation technology will also be preferred.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

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
  • Design and implementation of experiments in the laboratory and greenhouse.
  • Complete data management, analyses and interpretation in a timely and effective manner;
  • Communicate and present results professionally to general and scientific audiences, at stakeholder meetings, scientific conferences, and field days;
  • Publish results in peer-reviewed, scientific journals, and review scientific publications;
  • Assist with additional grant writing, if needed, to support and extend this project;
  • Collaborate professionally with regional, national, and international scientists;
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of the team associated with this project;
  • Assist summer interns, research aides, graduate students, visiting scholars and post-doctoral researchers with their research projects;
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work well in a collaborative research atmosphere are required.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and delegate to others.
Minimum Qualifications
  • A Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Biological Sciences, Plant Sciences, or closely related field.
  • Experience providing supervision/lead work for others in a research setting, prepares reports, extension publications and manuscripts
Preferred Qualifications
  • Hands-on experience with basic molecular biology techniques.
  • Experience working with solvent, surfactants and formulation technology.
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 $47,659 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20510
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 03/12/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Alex Hu at

Open Date 01/26/2018
Close Date 03/01/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 02/05/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant

**Please submit a Cover Letter, and CV.

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?
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    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
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    • Jobing.Com
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    • Professional Conference
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    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a PhD in plant pathology, microbiology, biological sciences, plant sciences or a closely related field; AND experience providing supervision/lead work for others in a research setting, prepares reports, extension publications and manuscripts?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

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