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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona
Date Posted 10/12/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Tucson, AZ, United States
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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Posting Number req5772
Department Cellular & Molecular Medicine
Department Website Link https://cmm.arizona.edu/
Location UAHS - Tucson
Address 1501 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724 USA
Position Highlights The Churko Lab is seeking highly motivated candidate for an NIH funded, full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate I position. The successful candidate will support the development of therapeutic modalities to treat arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy and assist on a collaborative project validating small molecules to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The postdoctoral candidate will generate differentiated cell types from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to be used to validate structural, molecular, and virtual drug screening data. The successful postdoctoral candidate will possess a drug discovery, cell biology, computation, and molecular biology skill set. The position will require the use of stem cell technologies, protein purification and cell culture. In addition, they will possess the drive required to work independently, collaboratively, and publish finding.

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, the Sarver Heart Center, and the Bio5 Institute are dedicated to training the next generation of scientists, and the Postdoctoral candidate will benefit from the diverse and interdisciplinary environment at the University of Arizona. 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.

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
  • Lead a research project in close collaboration with the PI and other lab members.
  • Innovate new areas of experimental inquiry.
  • Advance technical aspects of experimental approaches and mechanistic understanding of biological problem.
  • Mentor junior lab members and contribute to a productive scientific environment.
  • Maintain detailed records and disseminate research findings in meetings and as manuscripts in scientific journals.
  • Apply for independent funding and contribute to grant proposals submitted by the PI.
  • Perform molecular biology techniques (PCR, cloning, transfections, infections, growing bacteria).
  • Purify proteins from bacteria followed by column purification using FPLC.
  • There may be additional duties assigned as it relates to this position.
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD or MD in biochemistry, molecular or cellular biology, pharmacy, chemistry, genetics, physiology, computational science, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, or related field by time of hire.
  • Two first authored publications documenting the ability to conduct original research.
Preferred Qualifications *Thorough understanding of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology. *Experience with recombinant proteins and Western blots *Experience with cell culture (stem cell experience preferred) and differentiations *Experience with microscopes (fluorescence, confocal) *Expertise in cardiac biology, neural biology, and disease pathology.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Fiscal
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay DOE
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies 1
Target Hire Date
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates Jared Churko | jchurko@arizona.edu
Open Date 10/11/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter
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. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, 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 provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. 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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