Research Analyst

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Job TitleResearch AnalystRequisition NumberRE24948Working TitleDepartment Name81060:PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCESWork LocationLexington, KYGrade Level42Salary Range$16.49-26.38/hourType of PositionStaffPosition Time Status Full-TimeRequired Education


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Physical Requirements

Walking, sitting, standing, bending, and lifting.


Monday- Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Job Summary

The Soil and Water Quality group in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department within the College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment is seeking a Research Analyst to join a team involved in edge-of-field water quality monitoring.

This is a grant funded, 2 to 3-year, laboratory position where the successful candidate will join a team focused on quantifying nutrients and soil runoff in agricultural fields and newly developed wetlands. In this dynamic environment we are seeking applicants with experience and/or interest in analytical techniques germane to soil, plant and water analyses. For example, the successful candidate will join two other research analysts utilizing three new instruments: a new state-of-the-art Agilent 5110 Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES), two new Hach Lachat Quickchem 8500 Flow Injection Autoanalyzers, and a new Thermo Scientific Flash Smart EA Combustion NC SOIL analyzer. The successful candidate will have a Master of Science degree (preferred), laboratory experience and a strong interest working in a laboratory environment. Interpersonal communication skills are expected as this job requires daily interactions with laboratory mangers, research team members, and students.

The University of Kentucky has excellent benefits which include but are not limited to health, vision, dental as well as the ability to take courses and pursue a graduate degree while working. Benefit details can be found at

Skills / Knowledge / AbilitiesDoes this position have supervisory responsibilities? YesPreferred Education/Experience

Driver’s license preferred.

Deadline to Apply11/04/2020University 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.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How many years of laboratory experience do you have?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 2 years
    • More than 2 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years
  2. * Please list the laboratory techniques in which you are proficient.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe your experience in laboratory QA/QC.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above
Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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    Posted: 10/15/2020
    Application Due: 1/13/2021
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