Research Technician III

Tucson, AZ
Nov 13, 2020
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Four-Year Institution
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UAHS - Tucson


University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

A Research Technician III position is currently available in the Translational Pain Neuroscience laboratory at the University of Arizona in Tucson in the Dr. Frank Porreca and Dr. Edita Navratilova lab to undertake cutting-edge research in pain drug discovery. The research is focused on investigating drug targets in neural circuits underlying affective, emotional and cognitive pain behaviors in a variety of rodent pain models including migraine, post-traumatic headache neuropathic pain and others. The laboratory uses novel viral and fluorescent neuronal tracing methods in combination with genetic mouse models, fast scan cyclic voltammetry, optogenetic and chemogenetic techniques and CRISPR gene editing to investigate the structural connectivity and function of neural networks processing pain. Additional interest of the laboratory is on characterization of cellular adaptations within the dorsal root and trigeminal nociceptors occurring in chronic pain conditions using in vitro neuronal cellular assay.

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!

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

Duties & Responsibilities:

The goal of these studies is to identify new neural mechanisms and potential targets for chronic pain. We are seeking an outstanding, highly motivated applicant to join our vibrant research team. Our group is well funded by several NIH grants. The PIs value creativity, dedication, and teamwork. The applicant hired into this role will work independently as well as collaborate with research scientists and graduate students on in vivo and in vitro techniques, behavior evaluation in animal models and procedures related to preclinical headache projects in mice and rats.

  • Conductin vivo rodent addiction/behavioral models and surgical procedures.
  • Managefuture mouse/rat colony maintenance, tissue sectioning and IHC.
  • Aid indevelopment of experimental design and time lines.
  • Makebehavioral observations, analyze data and help interpret test results.
  • Helptrain other researchers, staff and students in lab techniques and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience required. Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience required in addition to education requirement.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required. Associates' Degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

*Bachelor's degree in field of study.*Background in pain research and rodent handling.*5 years of relevant experience.



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Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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hourly rate



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Research & Lab

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Type of criminal background check required::

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

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Frank Porreca, [email protected]

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Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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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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