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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Updated)

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Position Information

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

Note: This is a reposting with a new supplemental question (#2), and a new close date. This posting is also now multiple positions. If you previously applied for this position your application is under consideration and it is not necessary to reapply.

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Judith Brown in the School of Plant Sciences. The successful applicant will apply functional genomics and reverse genetics via dsRNA to induce gene silencing in the potato psyllid using oral or foliar delivery, or in planta expressed dsRNA. Assessment of efficacy and specificity of gene silencing will be accomplished using bioassays, qPCR, large and small RNA analysis (bioinformatics), to study the specificity and effects of RNAi on psyllid effectors essential for Ca. Liberibacter solanacearum invasion and circulative transmission and/or survivability.

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
  • Molecular cloning and DNA sequencing (Sanger, Next-Gen) of badnaviral amplicons, bioinformatics, phylogenetic, recombination, and other relevant sequence analyses, primer design and validation, oligo design and optimization, develop infectious clones;
  • Experimental design;
  • Literature review;
  • Preparation of reports, manuscripts, and presentation to communicate the results and conclusions;
  • Regular communications in person and written.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

The project will require skills in insect rearing/handling, general molecular biology skills, including nucleic acid isolation, molecular cloning, dsRNA design and delivery, primer design, PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, large and small RNA isolation and quantification, DNA sequence analysis, phylogenetic analysis, and bioinformatics, as warranted.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in plant virology, molecular plant pathology, or fields of biology with expertise in RNA interference mechanisms

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in plant virology

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 P20490
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Judy Brown at

Open Date 12/08/2017
Close Date 05/31/2018
Open Until Filled No
Review Begins On
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 Ph.D. in plant virology, molecular plant pathology, or fields of biology with expertise in RNA interference mechanisms?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents