Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Department of Child Health (Phoenix, AZ)

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Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Department of Child Health (Phoenix, AZ)
Department COM Phx Child Health (0685)
Location Greater Phoenix Area
Position Summary

The Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix (COM-P) is seeking a highly motivated candidate for the full-time position of Postdoctoral Research Associate I in the Molecular Medicine program focused on pediatric oncology. The successful candidate will contribute to the lab’s efforts to understand the mechanisms of disease progression, drug response and drug resistance. The research team incorporates genomic analysis and high throughput screening to identify molecular mechanisms associated with cancer cell growth and drug response. Current studies focus on the identification and validation of novel drug targets in pediatric solid tumors and analysis of novel drugs and combinational therapies.

The successful Postdoctoral candidate will possess a strong background in molecular or cellular biology and computational skill sets appropriate to accomplish the lab’s goals. In addition, the candidate should be organized, detail oriented, productive and be able to work independently as well as with others and alone. The Molecular Medicine program in Department of Child Health is located in the new Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building of the UA COM-P and is closely associated with the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH). The Postdoctoral candidate will benefit from the interaction with PCH and the diverse and interdisciplinary environment at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

The University of Arizona COM-P 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, has recently opened a new clinical facility in the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

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
  • Perform independent research experiments in collaboration with the principal investigator including the use of biochemical, cellular and molecular biology, and/or animal assays.
  • Perform cell culture, cell-based assays, microscopy, flow cytometry, and associated analysis.
  • Prepare manuscripts, oral presentations, and posters for participation at scientific conferences.
  • Contribute towards daily activities of the laboratory including standard operating procedures and protocol adherence.
  • Train students and staff in the operation of equipment and/or in the performance of technical procedures as directed by the principal investigator.
  • Design and perform experiments, interpret data, analyze results.
  • Present findings, and prepare manuscripts.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Coordination of experiments, analysis, statistics, and interpretation.
  • Grant writing and manuscript preparation.
  • Ability to participate at scientific conferences and present findings.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. degree in Cellular or Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or similar field.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with cell culture techniques, cell-based assays and protein analysis.
  • Microscopy experience, particularly fluorescent imaging and analysis.
  • Familiarity with flow cytometry.
  • Previous experience working with laboratory animals (e.g. rats, mice).
  • Demonstrated ability to independently develop reports and manuscripts and present findings in tabular, oral, written, and/or graphic formats.
  • Experience with basic computer software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and statistical and graphing programs (such as Prism, Adobe Photoshop, etc.).
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 NIH salary guidelines, Depends on Experience
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20516
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 02/02/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 02/12/2018
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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  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 Ph.D. degree in Cellular or Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or similar field?
    • Yes
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Documents Needed to Apply

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