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University of Arizona | Tucson, Arizona
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Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Multiple positions) Department BIO5 Institute (9011) Location Main Campus Position Summary

The BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona is seeking highly motivated candidates for the full-time position of Postdoctoral Research Associate I in the Laboratory of Dr. Felicia Goodrum studying complex virus-host interactions important to human cytomegalovirus persistence. Projects in the Goodrum Laboratory are currently focused on protein-protein interactions during infection and the regulation of membrane trafficking and signaling and how this impacts cytomegalovirus replication and latency.

The Goodrum Lab is seeking a skilled molecular biologist/biochemist/virologist with interests and experience in one or more of the fields of virology, molecular biology, cell signaling, and protein biochemistry. The successful postdoctoral candidate will work with a group of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduates, and technical staff, led by the Principal Investigator Dr. Felicia Goodrum. This candidate will interact closely with co-collaborators in a highly diversified interdisciplinary setting and will join a motivated and highly collaborative team working to understand viral and cellular mechanisms of persistence. The laboratory's approach to understanding the molecular mechanisms of viral persistence combines sophisticated primary hematopoietic, fibroblast and endothelial cell models, molecular virology and recombinogenic engineering to identify viral genes and host targets that contribute to viral persistence. Latent viral coexistence is one of the least understood phenomena in virology, but one critically important to understanding the impact of latent viruses on our biology and viral pathogenesis.

BIO5 transcends traditional research models by promoting intensive interdisciplinary collaboration with individuals from many departments and colleges within the University of Arizona. The Goodrum laboratory and the BIO5 Institute are committed to training the next generation of scientists as well as increasing scientific knowledge throughout society.

The ideal candidate for this position will thrive in a rapidly growing research laboratory. They will be a self-starter who takes initiative to hone cellular biology skills while continually improving other interdisciplinary aspects of research. We are looking for someone who will work independently within a highly collaborative environment, helping advance the understanding of the human cytomegalovirus while expanding the larger research mission of the University.

With more than $622 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #23 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #6 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. The University's main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

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 listed by Forbes as one of America's Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocation services, please click here.

Duties & Responsibilities

* Develop and lead a research project in close collaboration with the PI and other lab members.
* Present findings at lab meetings, work in progress meetings, and national/international conferences.
* Innovate new areas of inquiry.
* Contribute to the writing of manuscripts and grants
* Mentor junior lab members and contribute to an overall collaborative and energetic environment for scientific inquiry.
* Maintain detailed records of experimental plans and findings.
* Apply for independent funding and contribute to grant proposals submitted by the PI.
* Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

* Demonstrated ability to define, investigate and solve complex problems in biomedical research using established techniques and approaches, and to devise and extend new technologies to obtain answers to complex and difficult scientific questions.
* Skilled in molecular biologist/biochemist/virologist with interests and experience in one or more of the fields of virology, molecular biology, cell signaling, and protein biochemistry.
* Excellent organizational/record-keeping skills.
* Excellent interpersonal skills.

Minimum Qualifications

* PhD or MD in molecular or cellular biology, genetics, immunology, biotechnology, or related field by time of hire.
* Will consider candidate who is "ABD" (all but dissertation/graduated) if all coursework is completed and final oral examination has been passed, such that the candidate is just awaiting degree conferral.
* Self-motivated and enthusiastic for science.

Preferred Qualifications

* Molecular biology experience preferred: DNA, RNA, protein, cell and tissue isolation and purification's, cell culture, microarray, western and northern blotting, quantitative PCR and RT-PCR, and fluorescent microscopy.
* Experience in proteomics or cell signaling is an advantage.

FLSA Exempt Full Time/Part Time Full Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 Job Category Postdoctoral 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 P20633 Number of Vacancies Multiple Desired Start Date Position End Date (if temporary) Limited to Current UA Employees No Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Felicai Goodrum


Open Date 08/09/2018 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Review Begins On 08/20/2018 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 provide equal employment and affirmative action opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability. 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 (*).

* * Where did you first learn about this position?
* Arizona Daily Star
* Arizona Republic
* ArizonaDiversity.com
* Careerbuilder.com
* Chronicle of Higher Education
* Department of Economic Security (DES)
* Diverse Issues in Higher Education
* HigherEdsJobs.com
* Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
* Indeed.com
* InsideHigherEd.com
* 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

* * Do you have a PhD or MD in molecular or cellular biology, genetics, immunology, biotechnology, or related field by time of hire?
* Yes
* No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

* Cover Letter
* Curriculum Vitae

Optional Documents

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