The Research Associate Position

PLEASE NOTE: Applications ARE NOT currently being accepted.

Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching (PERT) offers up to three years of support to outstanding candidates seeking advanced research training, teacher training and student mentorship in preparation for the demands of an academic career. PERT trainees may select from among over forty two faculty research mentors representing a broad range of disciplines in medicine, biomedicine, bioengineering, genetics, biochemistry, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, molecular/cellular biology, physiology, and behavior. The program stresses the use of non-vertebrate models for Biomedical and Life Sciences research. Another desired long-term outcome is to increase the number of well-qualified underrepresented minority students entering competitive careers in biomedical research.

The program is administered through the Center for Insect Science and is partnered with a Minority Serving Institution, Pima Community College. Starting salary for program participants will be in accordance with the NIH postdoctoral scale, with an annual allowance for research supplies and travel.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. or M.D. in a related field and must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-citizen nationals.  Applicants should have no more than two previous years of postdoctoral experience at the time application is made. Positions are dependent upon continued funding. 

Application Process

PLEASE NOTE: Applications ARE NOT currently being accepted.  Please watch this website for future application requests. 

All applicants must apply electronically for Job P20335 through the University of Arizona Career Track web site at Start dates are variable.

All applications should include the following:

  1. A letter of application that includes a statement explaining how the PERT program will assist the applicant in attaining her/his career goals
  2. C.V.
  3. Three letters of reference
  4. A three to six page research proposal, developed with the intended PERT research mentor describing the project to be undertaken during the training period
  5. A letter of support from the intended PERT research mentor

All letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically to Teresa Kudrna,, and must contain the signature of the letter writer.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

For more information, please contact:
Teresa Kudrna,, 520-621-9310.