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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
University of Arizona in the Tucson, Arizona
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Date Posted 01/26/2020
Salary $47,659 -  USD Per Year
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Summary

Located in beautiful Tucson, the University of Arizona College of Medicine (UA CoM) established in 1967 has 20 departments, five basic science and 15 clinical science, along with 10 Centers of Excellence, dedicated to specific areas of research, clinical care and teaching. With research funding reaching nearly $177 million in 2018, come be a part of the team that is dedicated to promote health and improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease for the people of Arizona and beyond, through education, research and patient care.

The Department of Anesthesiology provides a full range of clinical service and education including Anesthesiology Residency and Fellowships. Clinical experience covers ambulatory, cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, obstetric, pediatric, trauma, transplantation and vascular surgery, as well as acute and chronic pain and critical care. Our clinical faculty, residents and nurse anesthetists cover operating rooms at Banner University Medical Center-Tucson, Banner University Medical Center-South, and Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Hospital. Our research programs are supported by the NIH and numerous private industry sources and cover coagulation medicine, clinical monitoring and engineering, anesthetic mechanisms, critical care medicine, end-of-life brain activity, the nature of consciousness, treatment for traumatic brain injury, obstetrical anesthesia and other areas producing peer-reviewed papers, national and international meeting presentations, and visiting professorships.

Our laboratory is located in the Arizona Health Science Center and is focused on the electrophysiological role of the glycocalyx in cardiovascular health and disease (Project 1). We work on the hypothesis that the endothelial glycocalyx is crucial in modulating vascular tone. Our laboratory collaborates with Dr. Andreia Chignalia, who investigates molecular and physiological aspects of the same glycocalyx-related hypothesis. In order to move forward with the above hypothesis we announce a Postdoctoral Research Associate I position available in the laboratory of Dr. Joao Carvalho-de-Souza.

The glycocalyx also seems to play a role in pain sensation. Therefore, our lab is also interested in investigating this dynamic molecular layer, which also covers the membrane of sensory neurons, in normal and augmented pain sensation (Project 2). These studies will cover behavioral analysis down to the modulation of ion channels expression and function.

The Department of Anesthesiology supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college. Demonstrated record of accomplishment of mentoring and supporting students from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented students, is also welcomed.

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!

The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Interest in ion channels studies.

  • Work in a semi-independent manner, showing initiative and creativity to solve problems related and in agreement with a position of Postdoc in a research lab.

  • Share supervisory responsibilities for the research technical staff, graduate and undergraduate students.

  • Work collaboratively with other members of Carvalho-de-Souza and Chignalia laboratories.

  • Perform experiments related to the hypothesis described in the position summary described above.

  • Write manuscripts for publications and contribute to grant writing.

  • Present talks, posters and research findings at laboratory meetings, national and international conferences.

  • Attend regular group meetings, manage maintain, and order laboratory equipment and supplies, and respond to administrative request and procedures.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Possess English skills, both spoken and written.

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.D. or Ph.D in Biophysics, Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Patch clamp for voltage clamp and current clamp.

  • Extracellular recordings of field potentials in nerve trunks, eyes and brain and instrumentation for electrophysiology (related to an electrophysiology laboratory).

  • Retrograde perfusion of the isolated mammalian heart (known as the Langendorff heart preparation).

  • Smooth, cardiac and skeletal and muscle contraction.

  • Optics involved in fluorescence detection, fluorimetry, lasers.

FLSA Exempt Full Time/Part Time Full Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 Job Category Postdoctoral Research Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits Posted Rate of Pay $47,659+ Annually, DOE

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