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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Multiple Positi

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University of Arizona/Human Resources Division
Job Site Location
Tucson, AZ 85719
Job Description

Position Information Title
Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Multiple Positions)

Pharmacology (0719)

University of Arizona Health Sciences

Position Summary

Two postdoctoral positions are currently available in the Translational Pain Neuroscience laboratory at the University of Arizona in Tucson (PI’s Dr. Frank Porreca and Dr. Edita Navratilova) to undertake cutting-edge research in the field of pain behavior, motivation and cognition. The research is focused on investigating neural circuits underlying affective, emotional and cognitive pain behaviors in a variety of rodent pain models including migraine, post-traumatic headache neuropathic pain and others. The laboratory uses novel viral and fluorescent neuronal tracing methods in combination with genetic mouse models, fast scan cyclic voltammetry, optogenetics/chemogenetics and CRISPR gene editing to investigate the structural connectivity and function of neural networks processing pain. An additional interest of the laboratory is on characterization of genetic and molecular adaptations within the brain circuits occurring in chronic pain conditions that are relevant to long-term changes in affective behavior and impaired learning. This project will use cell sorting, proteomics, genomics and molecular biology (qPCR, RNA sequencing, in situ hybridization) to identify new mechanisms and potential targets for chronic pain co-morbid conditions.

We are seeking outstanding, highly motivated applicants to join our vibrant research team. Our group is well funded by several NIH grants. The PIs value creativity, dedication, and teamwork and are committed to in-depth personal mentoring to help trainees gain the specific skills to advance their professional development and scientific career. The applicants will be engaged in group lab meetings and departmental seminars and will be encouraged to present their work at national and international scientific conferences and publish manuscript in high quality journals.

The applicants should have experience with rodent handling and behavior, and background in one or more of the following: (a) in vivo genetic manipulations (optogenetics/chemogenetics or CRISPR technology), (b) molecular biology, © fluorescent microscopy and in situ hybridization, or (d) cell sorting (FACS, MACS). Background in pain research and rodent surgeries is desired but not required. Applicants should have a PhD degree in a relevant discipline and publications in scientific journals.

Drs. Porreca and Navratilova laboratories are located in beautiful Tucson, at the College of Medicine, the University of Arizona. The College of Medicine has 19 departments, five basic science and 14 clinical science, along with 10 Centers of Excellence, dedicated to specific areas of research, clinical care and teaching. The postdoctoral positions will include outstanding UA benefits such as 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 retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more.

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 .

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Designing experiments.
  • Data collection and analysis.
  • Prepare abstract and manuscripts for publications.
  • Collaborate with others on various research projects.
  • Supervise graduate and undergraduate researchers.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a biomedical science, MD, or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications


Full Time/Part Time
Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week

Job Category
Postdoctoral Research

Benefits Eligible
Yes – Full Benefits

Posted Rate of Pay

Type of criminal background check required:
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information Posting Number

Number of Vacancies

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

Limited to Current UA Employees

Contact Information for Candidates

Edita Navratilova

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Review Begins On

Special Instructions to Applicant

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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