Research Associate

for University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA

Job Description

## Posting Summary:

The Department of Biology at the University of Virginia invites candidates for a Research Associate (postdoctoral) position in the Lab of Dr. Cristian Danna. The position will study a novel plant defense mechanism as well as mechanism(s) that microbial pathogens use to overturn it. The project takes multidisciplinary approaches using Arabidopsis thaliana and crops, including but not limited to high-throughput genetic screens, genome-wide association, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics.

The candidate must have strong motivation to learn and succeed as an independent scientist, strong background in gene cloning and gene expression analysis, experience in fluorescence microscopy, all of which must be reflected in his/her current publication record in peer-reviewed journals. Effective oral and written communication skills are required. A Ph. D. in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related fields by the appointment start-date is required. Experience in plant molecular biology, metabolite chemical analyses (liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry), CRISPR/Cas9 technologies and RNA next generation sequencing technologies are preferred.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs. virginia. edu) and attach the following: cover letter describing your scientific accomplishments and interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information (including phone numbers) of three references; search on posting number 0615505.

Review of applications will begin December 28, 2014, but the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding the position and application process should be directed to Rich Haverstrom at rkh6j@eservices. virginia. edu.

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

## University Leadership Characteristics:

*For Thomas Jefferson, learning was an integral part of life. The "academical village" was created around the assumption that learning is a lifelong and shared process, and that interaction between scholars and students enlivens the pursuit of knowledge. *

University Human Resources strives to identify applicants who will contribute as high potential employees, leaders and managers. We employ individuals who foster and promote the University mission and purpose. Successful candidates exemplify uncommon integrity; they are honest, trusted, team-oriented and live the core values of the University. These candidates display great judgment, by practicing evidence-based decision-making. They are strategically focused by contributing to and achieving department goals and vision. They set high performance standards and hold themselves accountable by aggressively executing these standards. These employees also develop a deep passion for the University and the impact it has on students, faculty, alumni and community. Successful candidates identify their personal career goals and development opportunities, and as supervisors, help their staff do the same. They contribute to team success by leading talent, through their individual efforts and by leading and developing their teams.

## Employment Conditions for Faculty

U. Va. will perform background checks including receipt of official transcripts from the institution granting the highest degree for all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

## EO/AA Statement:

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

*Rank:* Research Associate

*Required Applicant Documents:* CV / ResumeCover LetterContact information for 3 References - name, email, phone

*Department:* Department of Biology

*Academic Year for Position? (e. g. 2015):* 2014

*Closing Date:* Open Until Filled

*FLSA Exemption Status:* Exempt

*Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)? :* No

*Posting Date:* 12-18-2014

*Location:* Charlottesville

*Is this position eligible for an Alternate Work Schedule? :* Yes

*Employment Posting Category:* Professional Research Staff

*E-mail a Friend:* jobs. virginia. edu/applicants/Central? quickFind=74987

*Appointment Type:* Professional Research Staff

*Preferred EducationWhat level of education is preferred to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position? Choose one. :* No Response

*Number of Months/Year:* 12

*Drug Testing Required? (Typically positions involved in patient contact, mass transportation or law enforcement are included):* No

*Position Type:* Professional Research Staff

*Posting for UVA Employees Only:* No Response

*Type of Application:(required to apply for this posting):* Candidate Profile

*Posting Number:* 0615505

*Organization (Position Organization):* 31680 AS-Biology

*Number of Work Hours Per Week:(format: xx. xxxx):* 40

*Working Title:* Research Associate

*Is this position eligible for Telecommuting? :* Yes

*Required EducationWhat is the minimum level of formal education required to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position? Choose one. :* No Response

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