Postdoctoral Positions Available: Research Associate
Arizona Research Laboratories, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
NIH-Training Program: Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching (PERT)
The Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching (PERT) Program is a comprehensive program which offers up to three years of support to outstanding candidates seeking advanced postdoctoral research training, teacher training and student mentorship opportunities in preparation for an academic career in biomedical and life sciences. Funded by NIGMS through an IRACDA (Institutional Research and Career Development Award) training grant, the PERT program also seeks to increase the number of well-qualified underrepresented minority students entering competitive careers in biomedical research, as well as to foster ties between research-intensive institutions and minority-serving institutions.
PERT trainees may select from over forty-two faculty research mentors at the University of Arizona, representing a broad range of disciplines in biomedicine, bioengineering, genetics, biochemistry, neurobiology, evolutionary biology, molecular/cellular biology, physiology and behavior. The program stresses the use of model organisms for biomedical and life sciences research. The program is administered through the Arizona Research Laboratories Center for Insect Science and is partnered with a Minority Serving Institution, Pima Community College, (http://www.pima.edu/program/biology/.
Starting salary, based on the NIH NRSA scale, will be $36,996 for program participants with less than one year of postdoctoral experience. An annual allowance for research supplies and travel is also included. Positions are dependent upon continued funding. Additional information about the Center for Insect Science and the PERT program is available at http://cis.arl.arizona.edu/PERT.
Qualifications: Applicants must have, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a Ph.D. in a related field from an accredited institution and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should have no more than two previous years of postdoctoral experience at the time of application. In addition, candidates must be able to start the position on or before July 1, 2009.
Application: All applicants must apply electronically through the University of Arizona’s Career Track website at: https://www.uacareertrack.com, citing job # 42298. All applications are to include:
--a letter of interest with a statement explaining how the PERT program will assist the applicant in his/her research and career goals.
--a three to six page research proposal developed with the intended PERT faculty research mentor describing the project to be undertaken during the training period
--three letters of reference
--a letter of support from the intended faculty research mentor
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact relevant Program Faculty as soon as possible to discuss research projects and the application process. Original letters of reference and the letter from the proposed faculty research mentor should be mailed to: PERT, Center for Insect Science, 1007 E. Lowell Street, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0106. Emailed letters will be accepted only if accompanied by an electronic signature. The letter of interest, CV and research proposal should be submitted online through the UA Career Track website listed above. Review of applications begins February 20, 2009, at 8:00 a.m. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences and backgrounds. Please contact Teresa Kudrna for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org, 520-621-4923.