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Research Scientist Senior/CAER

Lexington, KY 40507
Job Title Research Scientist Senior/CAER
Requisition Number RE27065
Working Title Research Scientist Senior
Department Name 40550:Ctr For Applied Energy Res
Work Location Lexington, KY
Grade Level 46
Salary Range $49,254-81,266/year
Type of Position Staff
Position Time Status Full-Time
Required Education


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Required Related Experience

No experience required.

Required License/Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Sitting and/or standing for long periods of time; performing repetitive motions tasks; lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 10 lbs.; risk of injuries from use of equipment on the job; risk of back injury from moving, lifting or positioning patients, equipment, or materials; exposure to loud noises, temperature extremes, and hazardous chemicals and fumes including waste.


Monday-Friday 8:00 – 5:00PM. Occasional weekends when necessary.

Job Summary

Position will be employed in laboratory/experimental studies related to biofuels and environmental catalysis.

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
- Leads specific studies or aspects of studies related to processing chemicals and materials, including determination of chemical and physical properties, composition, structure, relationships and reactions.
- Confers with scientists and engineers to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard tests.
- Analyzes test information and data.
- Guides the work of peers, technicians or other support staff in preparing test solutions, compounds, and reagents for laboratory tests and analysis.

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER) is seeking to fill a Senior Scientist position for its Biofuels & Environmental Catalysis research group. The successful candidate will lead CAER’s program in microalgae-based CO2 capture and utilization. CAER’s algae program was initiated in 2008 and is currently focused on the cultivation of microalgae using CO2 present in industrial flue gas, as well as in ambient air, in addition to the processing of produced algae biomass into products such as bioplastic feedstock, fertilizer and high value chemicals. In addition to leading funded research projects, tasks will include grant proposal preparation, the preparation of scientific manuscripts and providing direction, guidance, and training for Center scientific and engineering personnel and students. The candidate is expected to: 1) supervise the cultivation of microalgae at scales of up to 1200 L; 2) oversee (and assist where necessary) the analysis of algae cultures and produced biomass using diverse analytical methods; 3) supervise and assist in the processing of produced biomass; 4) prepare progress reports for project sponsors; 5) lead project planning meetings; 6) provide training to other personnel and students; 7) prepare research proposals; 8) prepare scientific manuscripts; 9) present project results at scientific conferences.

Skills and Abilities
Candidates should have extensive knowledge of ‒ and experience in ‒ the cultivation of microalgae. Excellent computer skills and communication skills (oral and written) are required. The successful candidate shall have a minimum of a PhD degree from an accredited college or university in phycology, biology, biosystems engineering or a related field + 0-5 years of experience, or the equivalent in education, experience and training. Applicants must be able to perform all essential job functions as identified in the position description; copy available to candidates selected for interview.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience
Deadline to Apply 04/18/2021
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: 2021-03-22 Expires: 2021-04-30

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