Assistant Scientific Investigator, Basic Medical Sciences (UPDATED) (Phoenix, AZ)

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Title Assistant Scientific Investigator, Basic Medical Sciences (UPDATED) (Phoenix, AZ)
Department COM Phx Basic Medical Sci (0660)
Location Greater Phoenix Area
Position Summary

PLEASE NOTE: This posting has a new salary range of $50,000 – $55,000 Annually, Depending on Experience, and a new review date of 10/09/2019. If you previously applied for this position your application is under consideration and it is not necessary to reapply.

The laboratory of Dr. Shenfeng Qiu at The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix is seeking a highly motivated Assistant Scientific Investigator. The lab studies neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. The lab utilizes a wide range of molecular, neurophysiological and behavioral approaches including, Western blot to quantify proteins, immunohistochemistry, viral mediated neural circuit tracing, patch clamp electrophysiology in brain slices, functional circuit mapping, in vivo multipchannel recording in behaving mice, and many murine behavior tests using Ethiovision computerized machine vision techniques.

The lab work generates large electrophysiology data sets that require proficiency in programmed, high throughput data analyses and visualization. The ideal candidate should have a profound understanding of the biomedical research field, basic molecular biological experience and strong expertise with data analysis and programming, including using MATLAB for neurophysiology data processing.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Computer Sciences or Biomedical Engineering, OR a bachelor’s degree with > 5 years’ working experience in these related fields. Experience with mice, behavioral testing, sterotaxic surgery, bioinformatics analyses is preferred but not required.

The Department of Basic Medical Sciences is a multidisciplinary unit composed of faculty with research interests in cardiac and vascular biology; developmental, cell and molecular biology; evolution of vertebrate morphology; gene environment interactions and epigenetics; host-microbe interactions and immunology; medical education; platform development, medical devices and procedures; and signaling and steroid biology. In addition, the Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine and affiliate institutions such as the Translational Genomics Research Institute, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital/Barrow Neurological Institute and the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium offer abundant opportunities for collaborative research efforts.

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. We embrace professionalism, innovation and collaboration to optimize health and health care for all. The Phoenix Biomedical Campus embodies the University’s priorities of engagement, partnership, innovation, and synergy in its world-class academic and research initiatives, with clinical facilities throughout Greater Phoenix. The campus also houses the UA Colleges of Public Health, Pharmacy, and Nursing, as well as Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the International Genomics Consortium. The University of Arizona Cancer Center in association with Dignity Health recently opened a new clinical facility and a new research building is under construction.

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!
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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Perform independent research experiments under the direction of the principal investigator including the use of biochemical, cell and molecular biology, neurophysiological, and/or animal behavior assays.
  • Design and perform experiments. Perform programmed data collection, statistical analysis and visualization using MATLAB and R.
  • Perform neurophysiological experiments, including patch clamp whole cell recording, and in vivo 16-channel recording combined with murine behavior.
  • Develop lab data analyses pipelines, using MATLAB and R, for various data types.
  • Participate in mouse behavior experiments using Ethiovision.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of designing experimental protocol including automation in data collection.
  • Skilled in computerized data analyses using MATLAB and R.
  • Ability to participate at scientific conferences and present findings.
Minimum Qualifications

PhD in a related areas, or a Bachelor of Computer Science with at least five years of prior laboratory experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Background in computerized data analysis with strong programming skills using MATLAB and R.
  • Expertise working with laboratory animals.
  • Previous experience designing experimental protocols involving automated data collection and visualization.
  • Experience with histology, immunocytochemistry and western blot analysis.
  • Knowledge in genotyping.
  • Experience with histology, immunocytochemistry and western blot analysis.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $50,000 - 55,000 Annually, Depending on Experience
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A24096
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

College of Medicine-Phoenix
Office of Human Resources

Open Date 09/27/2019
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/07/2019
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).

References: Please list 3 professional references including address, title, phone and email address.

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