Research Specialist, Senior
Tucson, AZ 
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Position Information

Title Research Specialist, Senior
Department Neurology (0718)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The Center for Innovation in Brain Science (CIBS) is the intellectual home for Neuroscience research across the University of Arizona campus. We specialize in research focusing on a cure for four neurodegenerative diseases; Alzheimer's Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease. Our mission is to bring the innovations in brain science of the future to those who need a cure today. We are an interdisciplinary lab composed by computer scientists, bioinformaticians and biologists dedicated to researches from developing advanced mathematic algorithms in statistics/machine learning to applied real-world disease modeling. Our researches are fund by NIH. We work with a wide spectrum of disease conditions with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's disease, MS, ALS, and Parkinson Disease). We collaborate with clinicians, wet-labs at UofA as well as labs at world-class institutions, such as Columbia, Stanford, Duke, Mayo Clinic, Harvard/Broad, Emory, and Baylor, providing enormous opportunities for exciting research projects and high impact publications.

We are seeking a motivated and high-quality scientist to join our team to work on computational systems biology and human diseases modeling. The expectation is that the selected candidate will focus on real-world disease modeling and have a strong background in structural biology, chemical engineering to join our lab. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Rui Chang and will have opportunity to develop their own research ideas as they fit within the general research interests of our group. The post is based at the University of Arizona, Tucson campus, within the Center for Innovation in Brain Science. The Research Specialist, Senior will join as a member of the Chang lab. This individual will perform molecule-protein binding, Investigational New Drug (IND) development and molecule dynamic simulation. This person will be part of a team that accomplishes these tasks on a daily basis.

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 retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Apply various structure modeling, molecular docking, and molecular dynamics simulations methods/software to study the small molecule-protein binding.
  • Computer aided drug discovery and new drug design.
  • Study and predict protein structure-dynamics-function relationships, mutations of protein.
  • Assist with design, plan and analyze results of organic Chemistry Experiments.
  • Statistical data analysis by using scientific software package; data interpretation for the project.
  • Schedule, organize and report on status of research activities.
  • Assist in writing reports on one or more aspects for a large project.
  • Teamwork with other researchers.
  • Present at research at group meetings, and scientific conferences.
  • Write and publish papers in scientific journals.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Fundamental knowledge of cellular and molecular biology.
  • Profound knowledge of molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulations.
  • Skill in scientific writing.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
Minimum Qualifications

Please see the Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualification below.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years related research experience; OR, Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and four years related research experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD degree in Chemistry, Biology, Computation or a related field.
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $42,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S28109
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 12/02/2019
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Rui Change

Open Date 11/12/2019
Review Start Date 11/19/2019
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
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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.

The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Hours per Week
Salary and Benefits
$42,000 Annually
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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