Research Specialist (College of Medicine-Phoenix)

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The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix is announcing the availability of a Research Specialist position for the laboratory of Dr. Timothy Marlowe in the pre-clinical discovery of Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK) inhibitors. The successful candidate for this position will have experience in cancer drug discovery techniques, advanced tissue culture techniques, cancer cell biology, biochemistry, protein purification, chromatography, kinase signaling, and molecular biology. Candidate will be responsible for optimizing and running cell-based assays, contributing to SAR studies in collaboration with medicinal chemistry, purification of recombinant proteins, surface plasmon resonance, biochemical assays, general lab maintenance, and other duties as required.

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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
  • Coordinates the activities of student workers.
  • Performs standard laboratory procedures such as maintainingcell cultures requiring the use of sterile technique, processing tissuesamples.
  • Compiles data and assists in routine preliminary analyses;maintains research data in laboratory notebook, writes summary reports andreports findings to investigator.
  • Collects samples or data and performs lab analysis and/orquantifies and tabulates results.
  • Operates laboratory and experimental equipment.
  • Organizes supplies, materials or equipment and sets-upequipment for laboratory experiments or demonstrations; may perform minorequipment maintenance.
  • Maintains detailed records of chemicals in the laboratory;packages waste material and arranges for disposal according to establishedprocedures.
  • Assists with basic mathematical and statistical analyses.
  • Follows established procedures to prepare solutions, mediaand reagents using arithmetical calculations for measuring; performs libraryresearch to find appropriate procedures, as required.
  • Cleans glassware and other laboratory equipment or materialsusing appropriate standards; keeps laboratory area clean.
  • Performs clerical tasks such as filing, typing, labeling andbilling; inventories and requisitions supplies and materials.
  • Assists in training Research/Laboratory Glassware Attendantsand/or students working in the laboratory.
Minimum Qualifications
  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required.
  • Three years of related laboratory or field research experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or related field.


  • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques, such as cloning, electrophoresis, and western blotting.


  • Familiarity with cancer cell based assays to measure pharmacological effects of experimental drugs on FAK biology.


  • Experience with protein purification, gel filtration and affinity chromatography, and biochemical assays.


  • Experience with high-throughput assay design and optimization.

  • FLSANon-Exempt Full Time/Part TimeFull TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week40 Job FTE1.0Work CalendarFiscalJob CategoryResearchBenefits EligibleYes - Full Benefits Rate of Pay$13.068 - $18.15 per hour, Depending on ExperienceCompensation Typehourly rate Grade3 Career Stream and LevelOC2Job FamilyResearch & Lab Job FunctionResearch Type of criminal background check required:Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department) Number of Vacancies1 Target Hire Date10/25/2020 Expected End Date Contact Information for CandidatesCollege of Medicine-Phoenix, Office of Human Resources Open Date8/19/2020Open Until FilledYesDocuments Needed to ApplyResume and Cover LetterSpecial Instructions to Applicant
    Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

    Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

    References: Please list 3 professional references including address, title, phone and email address.
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