Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Post-doctoral Research Associate (Functional Morphology)

Arizona State University
Glendale, AZ
Closing Date
June 20, 2019

The School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) seeks applicants for a postdoctoral research position. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the research, a highly self-directed, creative and self-motivated individual is sought. The position is a full-time benefits-eligible fiscal-year appointment with an anticipated start date between 7/1/2019 and 8/15/2019. The appointment will be made for up to two years, depending on the availability of funds and the needs of the program. Salary range is dependent on experience, with associated University benefits.

The School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences is an interdisciplinary mathematical and natural sciences unit that offers bachelor’s degrees in Forensic Science, Computational Forensics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Biology, Applied Computing, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Biotechnology and Bioenterprise, and Environmental Science. It prides itself in interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers in these areas. Successful candidates are expected to establish a vigorous, externally-funded program of research; to deliver quality undergraduate and graduate instruction in the Forensic Sciences; and to contribute service to the university and the profession. Faculty can participate in university-wide graduate programs. The School is committed to recruiting and retaining students and faculty from groups that have historically been underrepresented in the sciences, and achieving diversity that reflects the U.S. population.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct experiments in functional morphology, biomechanics, biomaterials and related areas/disciplines.  
  • Collect and organize data, prepare data for computer input and analysis, evaluate and interpret data.  
  • Conduct critical and highly technical components of research projects (summarized at: morphology.asu.edu), including complex laboratory procedures and research using live vertebrates.
  • This involves obtaining and maintaining all necessary protocols and associated reporting required for such research, as well as completing and staying current on all safety trainings and certifications required by the University for the conduct of research.  
  • Additional duties will involve planning, designing and implementing new research projects, as well as assistance in writing research proposals, and the co-authoring of research manuscripts for publication. The incumbent will also perform the day-to-day supervision and coordination of members of the research group, taking charge of the execution of the research projects.

The incumbent will order and restock supplies and equipment, as well as maintain lab equipment in operating order, as well as ensure strict adherence to biosafety procedures for self and all members of the research group. Work may include the use of potentially hazardous materials including chemicals and x-ray sources. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. He/she will lift up to 40 pounds.

Duties and Responsibilities

The individual in this position will provide support for, and execute, research programs within the broader scope of biomechanics and functional morphology. Specifically, this individual will:

  • Conduct experiments as required to meet the goals of projects utilizing such tools as high-speed videography, electromyography, various forms of microscopy and specifically scanning electron microscopy.
  • Utilize visualization tools such as CT, MRI, and related technologies.
  • Analyze data using robust statistical techniques for research publications, grants, and grant reports
  • Draft manuscripts for publication reporting results of original research
  • Draft grant applications for external funding to advance and augment existing projects
  • Operate and maintain specialized laboratory equipment such as SEM, microscopes, high-speed cameras, and computer workstations.
  • Prioritize and coordinate the use of laboratory space and equipment
  • Maintain detailed records of research operations in a laboratory notebook
  • Order supplies as required to support research.
  • Supervise research personnel, including undergraduate researchers

The days and schedule for this position varies with some evenings and weekends, but it is normally 40 hours per week, M-F.


Minimum  Qualifications

Ph.D. in a field appropriate to the area of assignment by the time of appointment. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with maintaining and conducting research with live fish or other vertebrates in accordance with IACUC and OLAW standards.
  • Experience with visualization tools such as CT, MRI, and related technologies, to include the ability to use various software platforms to generate useful figures and images for subsequent analysis and publication from raw output.
  • Proficient in statistical analyses, preferably using R.

To Apply

Email application to mns [at] asu.edu. Complete applications must include a cover letter, unofficial transcripts, CV/resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references. Requested material should be in one document. Only electronic applications are accepted for this position. Please reference Job #12901 when applying.

Application deadline is June 20, 2019; if the position is not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

ASU does not pay candidates for travel expenses associated with interviewing, unless otherwise indicated by the department at the time of call for interview.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

ASU has a strong commitment to a racially diverse faculty; one that is reflective of the contemporary United States.

Other Information

Arizona State University is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

ASU is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

ASU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) and Title IX policy are located at www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and www.asu.edu/titleIX.

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