Postdoctoral Research Associate, Obstetrics and Gynecology (College of Medicine-Phoenix)

Tucson, AZ
Dec 20, 2020
Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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COM Phx Obstetrics&Gynecology

Department Website Link:

College of Medicine-Phoenix


Greater Phoenix Area


425 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 USA

Position Highlights:

The laboratory of Dr. Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz, as a part of a translational research program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, invites applicants to apply for a challenging and rewarding opportunity to contribute as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate will study the microbiota composition, and inflammatory profile as it relates to mucosal homeostasis of the female reproductive tract. The research couples clinical and translational research to advance women’s health. This position allows for the opportunity to work closely within an interdisciplinary and translational research team on a variety of diseases. For more information on the Herbst-Kralovetz laboratory, see

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix anchors the 28-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus in the heart of the Valley of the Sun. The College inspires and trains individuals to become exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders who are life-long learners and inquisitive scholars.

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!

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Study host-microbe interactions as it relates to the female reproductive tract.
  • Processing and analyzing clinical specimens for multi-omics analyses.
  • Analyze, organize and report data for presentation and publications.
  • Provide status reports in the form of laboratory meetings.
  • Bioinformatics/biostatistical knowledge and application.
  • Participate in grant applications and submit fellowship applications.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Microbiology, Virology, Immunology, Bioinformatics or related field of study.
  • One to two years of research experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with bacterial culturing techniques and quantification.
  • Experience with Microbiome and/or metabolomics analysis (QIMME, R, etc) is highly preferred.
  • Experience with Genomic analyses and bioinformatics.* Prior experience working with clinical specimens and databases.
  • Prior animal modeling experience.
  • Experience with a variety of cell culture methodologies including human cells and experience in microscopy (electron, confocal, phase), BioPlex/ELISA analysis and routine molecular biology techniques.
  • Experience in clinical datamining, machine learning or biomarker detection.
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    Full Time

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    Benefits Eligible:

    Yes - Full Benefits

    Rate of Pay:

    NIH salary guidelines, Depends on Experience

    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)

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    Contact Information for Candidates:

    College of Medicine-Phoenix, Office of Human Resources

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    Documents Needed to Apply:

    Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

    Special 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).

    The University of Arizona has currently adopted a remote working environment in accordance with guidelines recommended by the CDC. Until further notice, interviews for this position will be conducted remotely.

    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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