Research Associate, Animal Sciences

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Research Associate, Animal Sciences

Research Associate, Animal Sciences
University of Arizona

Position Summary
The Department of Animal Sciences is recruiting for a Research Associate, the successful candidate will work independently using a variety of molecular biology and physiological techniques to examine islet metabolism and fetal pancreas function. This position will involve a diverse range of activities from basic laboratory maintenance to research projects utilizing measures of substrate oxidation with metabolic tracers, histological, and biochemical approaches. Furthermore, large animal handling, nutrition, and surgical experience will be key components of this position. Seeking an inquisitive, well-organized, and highly motivated person who is open to evolving research tasks and capable of developing techniques new to the laboratory to explore islet metabolism at a systems level.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and life insurance; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for employee and qualified family members; access to campus cultural and recreational activities; retirement, and more!

Duties and Responsibilities
Prepare, execute, and adapt molecular and cellular biological experiments to meet the needs of the research project such as, but not limited, to techniques listed:
- Immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, RT-PCR/qPCR, pancreatic islet isolations, cell/organ culture, and metabolite tracer methodologies.
- Maintain detail records of experimental procedure and analysis of results for presentation purposes.
- Supervisory responsibilities for laboratory personnel in procedures and methods.
- Perform administrative and maintenance duties such as bookkeeping, ordering supplies, preparation of solutions, and waste disposal.
- Consult with faculty researcher on independent research results and design future experiments.

Additional Minimum Qualifications
- Experience with animal nutrition and physiology, and familiar with metabolic/energetic measurements in animals.
- Demonstrated experience in large animal handling and use of metabolic tracers.

Preferred Qualifications
- Academic training in metabolic endocrinology.
- Strong organizational and follow-through skills.
- Demonstrated ability for technical accuracy.
- Demonstrated knowledge of modern research methods in nutritional sciences.
- Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
- Demonstrated capabilities for analyzing and evaluating data.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements
The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.