1+ months

Research Post-Doctoral Scholar

Lexington, KY 40507
Posting Details

Job Title Research Post-Doctoral Scholar
Requisition Number FE03154
Working Title
Department Name 8E030:Chemistry
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Temporary
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Non-Tenure Track
Required Education
Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, electrochemistry, or a closely related field
Required Related Experience
Considerable hands-on experience in molecular biology, protein purification and handling, and simple analyses such as UV/visible spectrophotometry
Required License/Registration/Certification
Job Summary
Professor Anne-Frances Miller is seeking a post-doctoral scholar to assist with DOE and NSF-funded research in the Department of Chemistry (https://chem.as.uky.edu/) in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. The period of this assignment is one year, beginning as early as October 2022, however, we envision extending the position upon satisfactory performance toward the program goals of the appointment, the availability of funding, and mutual agreement among parties.

The project focuses on electron transferring flavoproteins that mediate electron bifurcation, a recently described mode of energy conservation. We seek to understand how the protein’s interactions with its bound flavins cause them to conduct very different, complementary reactivities. The system also employs a large conformational change to gate electron transfer, which we wish to elucidate. Our long-term goal is to advance new materials for solar energy capture and storage.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, electrochemistry, or a closely related field, with considerable hands-on experience in molecular biology, protein purification and handling, and simple analyses such as UV/visible spectrophotometry.

The ideal candidate will also have experience with enzymes and approaches for elucidating structure, dynamics and mechanism. The project combines working under inert atmosphere, flavoenzyme techniques, analysis of products, fluorescence, NMR and EPR spectroscopies, direct electrochemistry of enzymes immobilized on electrodes, enzyme kinetics (we do not assume that all of these skills are pre-existing). Please view recent papers for a few examples:

The postdoc will be responsible for conducting cutting-edge wet-lab research on flavoenzymes, data analysis and archiving, generation of figures, drafting papers, presenting results internally and at meetings, training graduate and undergraduate students, adhering to university regulations and professional standards of safety, full participation with other group members in the maintenance of group equipment and skill sets, and setting an example of intellectual leadership.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until filled.

Applicants should submit a current CV and up to 3 recent papers that are principally the applicant’s own work (submit as one document under Specific Request 1). In addition, please provide the names and contact information for at least 2 references when prompted in the academic profile. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Questions about this position should be addressed to Prof. A.-F. Miller (afmill3r2@gmail.com).

The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted. 
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience
Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled Yes
University Community of Inclusion
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 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: 2022-08-31 Expires: 2023-06-10

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