Postdoctoral Research Associate I

Tucson, AZ
Nov 17, 2020
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Nutritional Sciences-Res

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Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is seeking an energetic, well-organized, and highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to utilize metabolomic discovery and validation approaches to better understand the metabolic impact of COVID 19.

There is an urgent need to apply transdisciplinary approaches to better understand the metabolic impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID). Metabolomic discovery and validation approaches, such as those carried out in Dr. Chilton’s laboratory, offer an important opportunity to not only diagnose COVID but also determine at an early stage what health outcomes will likely be for individual patients. The successful candidate will coordinate research on COVID positive plasma samples in three cohorts. More specifically, this individual would coordinate collection of cohorts, process and run samples by mass spectrometry, and work with the Data Science Institute to carry out high resolution statistical and network analyses.

The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and will work independently conducting interdisciplinary research utilizing mass spectrometry and high resolution statistical and network analyses.

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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!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develops, plans and conducts research.
  • Coordinate studies which utilize 3 cohorts of COVID positive plasma samples.
  • Analyze untargeted and targeted metabolomic/lipidomic data.
  • Carry out targeted metabolomic/lipidomic assays to quantify levels of biomarkers.
  • Apply machine learning and multivariate statistical methods to identify altered metabolites and dysregulated pathways.
  • Process mass spectrometry data.
  • Work with collaborators both inside and outside UA.
  • Authors or collaborates on articles in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participates/presents at conferences.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D in a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research experience in molecular mechanisms of disease/health outcomes



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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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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Contact Information for Candidates:

Kirsten Lake, [email protected]

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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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