Postdoctoral Research Associate III

Tucson, AZ
Jan 10, 2021
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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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UAHS - Tucson


University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, AZ 85724 USA

Position Highlights:

A funded Postdoctoral Research Associate position studying metabolic mediators in human cytomegalovirus infection and immunity is available. The successful applicant will study the role of metabolism in HCMV replication, latency/reactivation, and immune remodeling using advanced techniques, such as metabolomics and lipidomics. The project is a collaboration between Drs. John Purdy, Felicia Goodrum, and Joyce Wu ( The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual with a passion for performing science creatively and rigorously. Prior experience in virology, metabolism, or mass spectrometry (e.g., lipidomics, metabolomics, or proteomics) is desirable. Candidates must be able to work both independently and collaboratively, show strong critical thinking skills, and be eager to perform state-of-the-art experiments.

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:

  • Independently perform experiments, analyze data, produce figures/summaries, and keep appropriate records of all research activities
  • Assist in the design of experiments, development of investigational questions, and writing of papers, reports, and fellowship applications
  • Read current scientific literature, be an active member of a team by participating in scientific discussions, lab meetings, and other scientific functions
  • Sharing results in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment
  • There may be additional duties assigned as it relates to this position

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in virology, immunology, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, or related fields
  • Experience performing molecular biology, biochemistry, virology, metabolism, or mass spectrometry techniques
  • Basic understanding of virus-host interactions, biochemistry, metabolism, or metabolic regulation
  • Eager to perform novel multidisciplinary experiments

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience with tissue culture work and experimental work in virology or metabolism • Experience in virology, metabolism, or mass spectrometry (e.g., lipidomics, metabolomics, or proteomics) • Hands-on experience working with a mass spectrometer or handling MS/MS data



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Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$55,000 -$70,000

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:

John Purdy | [email protected]

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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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