Research Assistant Professor - Pharmacology and Toxicology (Multiple Positions)

Tucson, AZ
Sep 19, 2020
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Pharmacology and Toxicology

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Medical Sub-Speciality:


UAHS - Tucson


1703 E. Mabel , Tucson, AZ 85721 USA

Position Highlights:

Note: Effective 01/05/2021 this requisition has been updated to reflect the remove of the furlough program.

The lab of Dr. Donna Zhang, in the College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of research assistant professor. The primary purpose of this position will be to facilitate the progression of ongoing research projects proposed in the PI's recently obtained NIEHS R35 and Superfund grants. The main focus of the R35 is to investigate mechanisms underlying the carcinogenic and diabetogenic effects of chronic arsenic exposure, as well as to dissect the complex signaling network regulated by NRF2 and other NRF transcription factor family members, with the ultimate goald of generating novel therapeutics to target these pathways disease. Applicants should be highly motivated, demonstrate an ability to progress and oversee multiple projects, have published in quality scientific journals, and display a level of expertise.

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:

Along with overseeing projects relevant to the R35 and Superfund, the research assistant professor will be expected to:

  • Generate and analyze hypothesis-driven data and progress multiple projects with the expectation of publishing in quality academic journals.
  • Assist in grant and manuscript editing and writing.
  • Help train new undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs in the lab.
  • Engage in scientific discussion, hypothesis generation and modification, troubleshooting, and experimental design for all relevant lab projects.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically assess scientific publications, review manuscripts, and incorporate relevant recent findings into ongoing projects.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD degree and at least 5 years of postdoc experience in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Endocrinology, Toxicology or related field.
  • At least 4 research publications (first author) in reputable journals.
  • Expertise in metal toxicology and metabolism
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

-Publication record indicating proficiency using genetic mouse models.-Previous work on type II diabetes.-Experience with bioinformatics and analysis of large data sets.

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Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$50,000 - $112,200

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Target Hire Date:

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Donna Zhang, [email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

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.

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