PUCL Job #1094- Assistant Staff Scientist, Flow Cytometry (Univ Arizona) (POSITION FILLED))

Position: Assistant Staff Scientist, Flow Cytometry Shared Resource


Department: AZ Rsch Labs-Interdisciplinary (2511)


Assistant Staff Scientist, Flow Cytometry Shared Resource

AZ Rsch Labs-Interdisciplinary (2511)

Position Summary:

The University of Arizona (UA) is searching for a high caliber Assistant Staff Scientist to manage the Flow Cytometry Share Resource (FCSR). This position requires the technical expertise and the ability to provide service to research projects on the cutting edge of technology in flow cytometry and in the application of this technology to research problems. The FCSR is managed as a partnership between the Office for Research & Discovery (ORD) and the Arizona Cancer Center, a national cancer institute designated comprehensive cancer center. ORD is home to university-wide core facilities that enable a broad range of research and foster a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration.

The mission of the FCSR is to offer UA investigators high quality, efficient and reliable flow cytometric services with a high standard of quality control in a cost-effective manner.

Instrumentation currently located within this facility includes a LSRII, FACSCanto II, and a FACSAria III.

The successful candidate must possess exceptional technical and scientific skills in flow cytometry and related technologies and have the proven ability to manage and supervisor facility personnel and resources.

The UA today has over 42.000 students, and nearly 15.600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona.

The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body. The University is one of 62 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and conducts significant scholarly and creative research. The National Science Foundation ranks UA as one of the nation’s top 20 public universities in research expenditures.

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 and Responsibilities:

• Oversee daily operation of the Flow Cytometry Shared Resource.

• Provide leadership in the application of flow cytometry/cell sorting technologies to research problems and in the development of new technologies to meet the needs of research programs. Design and develop specialized methods and/or techniques to provide new protocols in cytometric procedures and assays.

• Operate and maintain existing analysis/sorting equipment, computer systems, and ancillary equipment. Participate in the selection of new facility equipment and software with advancing technology so that the facility maintains its status as a modern research facility. Perform and schedule routine and non-routine maintenance. Troubleshoot instrument problems and consult with vendor technical staff regarding the best approach for repair.

• Train new users. Conduct training sessions and/or workshops on basic and advanced techniques. Develop training material and user manuals.

• Design and implement procedures and protocols appropriate for the management of multi-user equipment in a GLP certified laboratory environment.

• Operate application software. Train users in the use of the application software, and assist users in interpreting and evaluating raw data. Assist users in preparing data and manuscripts (when appropriate) for publications. Work in conjunction with the Biotechnology Computer Facility to implement scheduling software for facility equipment.

• Assist faculty user committee to establish facility priorities and to prepare long range strategic plans.

• Assist principal investigators in technical aspects of the development of research proposals.

• Perform various administrative duties. Prepare and monitor facility budgets. Oversee the billing to users. Design facility advertisements, brochures, and web pages. Prepare reports related to the Cancer Center Support Grant including facility usage charts, progress reports, resource descriptions, and other related tasks. Attend Cancer Center program meetings and retreats to ensure members are familiar with the services offered and to learn what new cytometry needs exist across the Cancer Center membership.

• Provide state of the art advances in technology through workshops and seminars to users and interested researchers.

• Network with other facility managers around campus in discussions of facility management and technical support for facility related projects. Attends departmental/college/university meetings as necessary to facilitate operation and knowledge transfer.

• Provide a safe working environment for facility users and monitors safety compliance as per university guidelines.

• Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Quaifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in a Biological Science or Immunobiology or related field with five to seven years of flow cytometry with at least one year of supervisory experience.

• Strong technical background in biological sciences and complex flow cytometry assays

• Demonstrated ability in the interpretation and evaluation of data.

• Skill in supervising and coordinating the work of others.

• Ability to effectively communicate and give oral presentations. Individual must interact with peers and experts in the field to keep abreast of advances in cytometry and related fields. Individual must possess good interpersonal skills to interact with diverse users with a wide range of technical expertise and education.

• Evidence of and willingness to collaborate in the planning of research projects

• Experience in providing instruction to students, postdoctoral fellows, and other researchers concerning technical procedures and solutions related to flow cytometry.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Advanced Degree in Immunobiology or related field.

• Previous experience working in a core/share resource facility.


Contact Information For Candidates:

Bob Quiroz


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