1+ months

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Lexington, KY 40507
Job Title Post-Doctoral Scholar
Requisition Number DU01672
Department Name 81B00:KY Tobacco Research & Dev Ctr
Work Location Lexington, KY
Salary Range 47,476/year
Type of Position Student
Position Time Status Full-Time
Required Education

Ph.D. Biology with emphasis on microbiology

Required Related Experience

At least 5 years, including graduate academic work

Required License/Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Lifting, pushing, pulling up to 30 lbs., sitting or standing for long periods of time


Typically 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM while specific hours will need to be adjusted to accommodate the experiments that are running

Job Summary

The University of Kentucky seeks a postdoctoral scholar for a position that is funded by a federal grant which encourages the publication of scientific findings discovered through research. The position requires a broad-based knowledge of microbiology and microbiome statistical data processing. This broad knowledge base is required to analyze the microbial population of reference tobacco products and other agricultural crops, provide support to our on-going proficiency testing program and planned research initiatives on reference tobacco products. This opportunity allows the right person to expand their technical skill set and participate on a dynamic team in a growing organization. The postdoctoral scholar is expected to perform the following functions;
• Coordinate with statisticians to assist in the statistical processing, analysis and verification of proficiency testing/inter-laboratory study data
• Conduct analysis as defined by existing methodologies and practices on reference tobacco products
• Assist in the development of new microbiology methods for rapid identification of tobacco associated microbes
• Confer with scientists and collaborators regarding analysis and research results
• Prepare technical reports, assist in drafting manuscripts and prepare presentations to promote learning and academic publications

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Successful candidates will typically have the following skill set:
• Ph.D. in Biology required. Fresh graduates are welcome to apply.
• Proficiency in the operation of statistical operations in Microsoft Excel required. Experience in statistical processing of large data sets by Microsoft Excel, R, or SAS statistical software is strongly preferred
• Conceptual knowledge in a broad range of microbiology and environmental DNA analysis, required. Hands-on experience with microbial isolation and identification of pure strains or complex mixtures via graduate research, academic or industry experience is strongly preferred.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills proven by a good number of peer reviewed publications
• A team player with high degree of initiative, flexibility and self-motivation
• Capable of working independently in a lab setting, one-on-one with supervisor, and as part of a larger collaborative team.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience

Experience in microbiology, MOTHUR, and PCR, Microbiology, Microbiome,Tobacco research

Deadline to Apply
University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.


Posted: 2020-02-25 Expires: 2020-06-10

Career Employment at UK

UK offers fulfilling careers in diverse fields supporting our teaching, research and health care missions. We also offer a compelling benefits package, including a generous retirement savings match and a supportive work environment distinguished by a respect for the unique work-life needs of every individual. Our culture of learning also provides tremendous support and resources for ongoing education, training and development. 

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