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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

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University of Arizona
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Tucson, AZ

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Posting Number:

req2426

Department:

Yuma County Office

Location:

Yuma

Address:

Yuma, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

A full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available with the University of Arizona Yuma County Cooperative Extension The position will perform work on applied field research projects that focus on disease management. The incumbent will be involved in several applied pathology projects such as field trials on disease survey and pathogen isolation, pathogen detection and quantification. Research will be based in the Extension Plant Pathology laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Bindu Poudel.

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.

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 hr.arizona.edu/FY-2020-2021-Furlough-Program.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct field plot trials on disease control; Activities include experimental design, prepare treatment solution, treatment application,disease rating, collect and process research samples and data according to written protocols; perform data entry and analysis; assist in report preparation and presentation of results. Travel across several counties in the central and southern Arizona is required to field research trial sites. It may take 1-4 hours highway driving and possible overnight stay.
  • Conduct routine Laboratory experiments using basic microbiology and molecular biology techniques. Activities include pathogen isolation, identification, cataloging and storage of pathogen specimens. DNA/RNA extraction, quantification, and PCR. Develop, manage, and maintain laboratory protocols.The position will also be responsible for a range of tasks related to lab management, including training and supervision of other lab staff, lab safety compliance and inspections, purchasing, and stocking and maintenance of equipment, supplies, and chemical reagents.
  • Participate in routine discussions with the PI. Perform other duties as necessary: conduct literature searches and prepare journal article manuscript, project report, and grant proposal; participate in extension workshops and presentations, present research results at scientific and/or grower meetings; provide training for undergraduate and graduate student workers. This includes planning, assigning, and approving work, as well as coordinating work schedules and delegating tasks in the field/laboratory.
  • Field experience with disease rating with a visual scale. Familiar with symptoms of major diseases on vegetables, fruit nut trees, cotton and grapevine.
  • Experience with fungal and bacterial pathogen isolation and pathogenicity test.
  • Possess/acquire pesticide applicator’s license within 6 months of hire date.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and delegate to others.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as experience giving oral presentations and writing scientific reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and follow scientific protocols. Detail-oriented, organized, and maintain a clean working environment. Skilled in making buffers, media preparation, centrifugation, pipetting, and weighing.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, data entering, record keeping, and SAS or similar statistical analysis platforms.
  • Ability to search and read scientific literature pertinent to job.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctor's degree in Plant Pathology, Horticultural sciences or Agronomy.
  • Six years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR,
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.
  • Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications:

PhD degree in Plant Pathology, with 2+ years research experience in applied field research on crop disease management.

FLSA:

Exempt

Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:

40

Job FTE:

1.0

Work Calendar:

Fiscal

Job Category:

Agriculture and Extension

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

50,000

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies:

1

Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Shannon Avalos
Business Manager
[email protected]
928-726-3904

Open Date:

9/4/2020

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume

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, 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.

Organization

As Arizona’s First University, founded in 1885, the University of Arizona now serves nearly 46,000 students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. A public land grant university, we work together to expand human potential, explore new horizons, and enrich life for all.

We constantly strive to be a best-in-class place to learn, research, and work. We educate innovative, adaptive learners and problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy. Our Strategic Plan details how we intend to drive social, cultural, and economic impact, in Arizona and across the world.

As a Research I university and member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Arizona hosts two medical schools as well as the only veterinary college in Arizona. More than 16,500 faculty, staff, and graduate students produce over $687 million in research annually, ranking us among the top 20 public research universities in the nation.

Transdisciplinary research excellence – the true seamless integration across disciplinary university-community boundaries – is an undergirding philosophy deeply rooted in our history. Notably, our BIO5 Institute brings together scientists from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering to treat disease, feed humanity, and preserve livable environments.

We strive for excellence in all our 200-plus undergraduate majors and 150 graduate programs. Our faculty are renowned for ground-breaking research in astronomy and planetary sciences; climate, environment, and solar energy; cancer and biotechnology; optical sciences; electrical and computer engineering; and management information systems. Research us yourself on our interactive FactBook.

As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

Who We Are

Our core values proclaim who our Wildcat community is and what we stand for:

Integrity: Be honest, respectful, and just.

Compassion: Choose to care.

Exploration: Be insatiably curious.

Adaptation: Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next.

Inclusion: Harness the power of diversity.

Determination: Bear down! (Yes, there’s a story here.)

Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

Diversity Profile

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

Student success, particularly educational equity for historically underserved groups, is an institutional priority. We have more than 10,000 First Cats (first-generation college students). The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center is nationally recognized for its innovative and successful academic support programs for students with learning and attention challenges.

The University of Arizona has many student cultural clubs and organizations. View the list on the Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX website.

These are some of our cutting-edge centers and programs:

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

Institute for LGBT Studies develops curriculum, promotes research, and presents public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC) serves as a research and outreach center focused on the role of religion in international politics.

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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