Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Arizona Health Sciences, College of Medicine
$47,659 Annually + Benefits
September 17 2019
Position Type
Full Time
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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Department of Medicine is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate I who will use combined approaches of transcriptomics and processing of raw data, genomics, lipidomics, proteomics and processing of raw data, and histological assessments to help understand why the subcutaneous adipose tissue in the human fat disorders, Dercum’s disease and lipedema, is resistant to classical fat-losing mechanisms including low calorie intake, over-exercise or bariatric surgery. A focus on understanding angiogenesis and alterations in the microvasculature is desired. Human body tissues to be analyzed include skin, adipose tissue, peripheral blood mononuclear cells, serum, whole blood, serum, saliva and feces. Familiar with histology of skin and fat is highly desired.

The position may involve organizing and implementing complex research plans, preparing and shipping samples to collaborators, development of research methods, testing and data collection, analyses and evaluations, and writing reports containing descriptive, analytical and evaluative content. Development of an individual project that results in a publication is desired. The duties will require the exercise of independent discretion and judgment in carrying out research activities within the predetermined research scope and methodology and working with a research technician. Applying for internal grants such as a REAP grant ( and external grants to maintain funding will be important.

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!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Microscopy techniques.
  • Molecular & cell biology techniques.
  • Train new lab members including graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Participate in writing grant proposals.
  • Participate in writing papers.
  • Attend meetings as part of the TREAT Program.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Understanding of angiogenesis or vascular biology.
  • Experience with excel spreadsheets to track samples; this includes the ability to use functions such as sum, average, standard deviations and t-test analyses.
  • Able to communicate with team members by text and/or email.
  • Able to multi-task when processing multiple samples at the same time.
  • Able to use a citation program when writing papers.
  • Organizational skills to track samples with one code and store with additional codes in a biorepository.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Medical Degree (MD) or Doctoral (PhD) degree in biology sciences or related field.
  • At least 2 years’ experience working with human adipose tissue and other tissue samples.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Training and experience in Biostatistics to perform data analyses, and help identify genes involved in fat disorders including Dercum’s disease and lipedema.
  • Experience in working with human adipose tissue in the lab including protocols to isolate stromal vascular cells, histological staining, and cell size analyses.
  • Experience with isolation and purification of DNA and RNA from peripheral blood mononuclear cells and saliva.
  • Experience in storage of samples including biobanking.
  • Experience in transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics and assays associated with these analyses.