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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
University of Arizona in the Tucson, Arizona
Date Posted 09/13/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled
Job details
Job Type
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Rate of Pay DOE
Full Job Description
Posting Number
Nutritional Sciences-Res
Department Website Link
Main Campus
Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights
The Nutritional Sciences Department is seeking an energetic, well-organized, and highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to investigate the molecular mechanisms of dysregulated metal homeostasis associated with human diseases. The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, and will work independently conducting interdisciplinary research utilizing a variety of molecular and cell biology techniques.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences leads in cutting-edge Research, outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, Cooperative Extension programs and Continuing Professional Education that advance the discovery and translation of the roles of nutrition and physical activity in optimizing health for people in Arizona, and beyond.

As a cost-saving measure related to the impact of COVID-19, Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs have been approved by the Arizona Board of Regents. All new hires subject to the programs will be notified in accordance with adopted Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs guidelines and will be required to comply with all measures. To learn more about the programs and whether this position is affected, please visit

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! The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Design and conduct molecular and cell biology experiments using cell culture and mouse models.
  • Pursue cell biological questions relevant to the function and regulation of metal transporters.
  • Using radioisotopes, including 54Mn, 59Fe and others, to examine the function of metal transport proteins.
  • Maintain detailed experimental records, organize data, and prepare manuscript.
  • Meet with the supervisor on a weekly basis to discuss research progress and results.
  • Present research findings at weekly lab meetings.
  • Write proposal and apply for funding.
  • Help with student mentoring.
  • Maintain lab cleanliness and handle routine waste disposal according to the University guidelines.

Knowledge in Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology, Nutritional Sciences, Genetics, Animal Science, Physiology, or related field.

  • Previous experience with modern research techniques in molecular and cell biology.
  • Experience with mouse primary cell culture, immunohistochemistry, and radioisotopes is highly desired.
  • Ability to achieve high level of technical accuracy and thoroughness in analyzing and evaluating data.
  • At least two years of research experience working with mouse models.
  • Strong organizational skills, critical thinking, and follow-through.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills.
  • A strong record of peer-reviewed publication is preferred.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D in a related field
Preferred Qualifications
Full Time/Part Time
Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week
Work Calendar
Job Category
Benefits Eligible
Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay
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
Target Hire Date
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates
Dr. Ningning Zhao,
Open Date
Open Until Filled
Documents Needed to Apply
Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter
Special Instructions to Applicant
This application will require you to upload the following documents: 1. CV that details your education, past research experience and publications. 2. Cover Letter that describes your interest and qualification in the field of cell biology and metal metabolism.
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, 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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