Postdoctoral Research Associate (Multiple Positions) (UPDATED)

Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate (Multiple Positions) (UPDATED)
Department Molecular and Cellular Biology (0417)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please note: The posting has been updated from one position to Multiple Positions. As well as rewording to the minimum qualifications.

The Kacar ( and Sanderson ( labs in the Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona are seeking a postdoctoral researcher for a NASA Exobiology Program funded project focusing on the phylogenetic history and evolution of bacterial translation machinery.

The University of Arizona is one of very few universities that offers an astrobiology program with a molecular and cell biology focus while also hosting one of the top ecology and evolution departments in the world, with considerable faculty expertise in phylogenetic theory, molecular evolution, genetics and evolutionary biology in general. Tucson is a vibrant, affordable, diverse, and livable city (and is now a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy!). It is surrounded by spectacular scenery (including numerous national parks, monuments, and wilderness areas) and the amazing biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert.

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

The primary role of the postdoc will be creating and developing new phylogenetic algorithms, and integrating these new algorithms with existing phylogenetic data on ancestral ribosomal proteins. The postdoc will also be involved in testing general questions about phylogenomic methodology. The position is for two years, starting in the summer or fall of 2018.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Knowledge in bioinformatics, phylogenetic inference and ancestral sequence reconstruction.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Biology or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrable experience with molecular evolution, and ancestral sequence reconstruction.

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 P20532
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Betul Kacar at

Open Date 03/08/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 03/19/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant

For the 3 professional references please include the contact information (email and phone) of your Ph.D. advisor and most recent postdoctoral advisor.

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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    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
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    • Jobing.Com
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    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a PhD in Biology or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

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