Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Department of Child Health

University of Arizona   •  

Phoenix, AZ

Industry: Education.


Not Specified years

Posted 308 days ago

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A full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate I position is available with the Translational Neurotrauma Research Program working on acquired neurological injury. The successful candidate will contribute to our efforts to understand the mechanisms of circuit disruption, which include dismantling and reorganization. In particular, this position investigates the role of traumatic brain injury related circuit reorganization at chronic time points after brain injury and the influence of rehabilitation. We are seeking a highly motivated individual who has exceptional analytical and communication skills, capacity to work, and a strong background in (neuro)anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology. Previous experience in neuroscience and/or amperometric techniques is preferred. The applicant should be detail-oriented, conscientious, able to follow instructions, and have the initiative to start new studies. The position offers the opportunity to work in an exciting research program that investigates all aspects of acquired neurological injury, in the laboratory and the clinic, from behavior to cellular mechanism.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix 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 recently opened a new clinical facility and a new research building is under construction.

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, cell and molecular biology, histological, microscopic, microbiological, and/or animal assays.
  • Perform amperometry, 3D neuron reconstruction, confocal microscopy, rodent behavioral experiments, dual photon/multiphoton microscopy, flow cytometry, laser capture microdissection, and associated analysis.
  • Perform rodent survival surgeries.
  • 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.
  • Prepare manuscripts, oral presentations, and posters for participation at scientific conferences.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Coordination of experiments, analysis, statistics, and interpretation.
  • Grant writing and manuscript preparation.
  • Ability to participate at scientific conferences and present findings.


  • Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Physiology, or similar field.


  • Previous experience working with laboratory animals (e.g. rats, mice).
  • Background performing animal surgery.
  • Expertise with maintaining animal breeding colonies and genotyping.
  • Microscopy experience, particularly fluorescence and confocal imaging and analysis.
  • Experience with histology, immunohistochemistry and protein analysis.
  • Adept at basic computer software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and statistical and graphing programs (such as Prism, Adobe Photoshop, etc.).
  • Experience with MATLAB.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently develop reports and manuscripts and present findings in tabular, oral, written, and/or graphic formats.

FLSAExemptFull Time/Part TimeFull TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week40Job CategoryPostdoctoral ResearchBenefits EligibleYes - Full BenefitsPosted Rate of PayNIH salary guidelines, Depends onExperienceType of criminal background checkrequired:Fingerprint criminal background check (securitysensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20500