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Post Doctoral Scholar

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University of Kentucky
Location
Lexington, KY
Closing date
Jun 22, 2021

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Job Details

Job Title:

Post Doctoral Scholar

Requisition Number:

DU07845

Department Name:

81250:VETERINARY DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

Salary Range:

$47,476.00

Type of Position:

Temporary

Position Time Status :

Full-Time

Required Education:

PhD

Required Related Experience:

Experience with next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics in either veterinary or medical microbiology.

Required License/Registration/Certification:

N/A

Physical Requirements:

Minimal physical requirements for this position – no heavy lifting or long periods of sitting/standing anticipated.

Shift:

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM (40.0 hours/week) at least. Additional time may be required to complete tasks.

Job Summary:

The UKVDL is seeking a Post Doctoral Scholar. Under the direction of the Head, Diagnostic Microbiology, the candidate will participate in the establishment of a next-generation sequencing laboratory as an extension of the existing Molecular Biology laboratory section. The purpose of the laboratory will be to conduct NGS research, as well as develop and validate diagnostic testing methods to offer to laboratory clients.
Key Duties include:
•Assist with the purchase and maintenance of NGS and associated equipment.
•NGS sequencing and bioinformatics analysis of clinical specimens, viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
•Meet the quality assurance/control methods and maintain SOPs for samples, library preparation (DNA and RNA samples).
•Monitor laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory to support research projects.
•Assure the quality of reagents or other supplies.
•Present at national scientific meetings and publish research findings in peer-refereed scientific journals.
•Assist with molecular/virology clinical case bench work and provide guidance and training for technicians as needed.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities:

•In-depth knowledge and experience with NGS DNA sequencing and bioinformatics data analysis is highly desired.
•Candidate must have strong problem-solving skills.
•Candidate must be able to effectively communicate and work with clients, faculty, laboratory staff, and the laboratory administration group.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? :

No

Preferred Education/Experience:

PhD degree in microbiological sciences (veterinary or human medicine) with NGS and metagenomics training. Candidates with a virology background are preferred.

Deadline to Apply:

06/21/2021

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.

Company

Fast Facts

Location: Lexington, Ky.
Founded: 1865
Endowment: $1.1 billion
Budget: $3.5 billion
Research Grants and Contracts Awarded: $316.5 million
Library Holdings: 4.3 million volumes
Enrollment: 30,76
President: Dr. Eli Capilouto
Provost: Dr. David W. Blackwell
Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration: Dr. Eric Monday
Executive Vice President for Research: Dr. Lisa A. Cassis
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs: Dr. Mark F. Newman

About the University

Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.

Mission

The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.

Our Guiding Principles

The University is driven by the promise it has made to Kentucky, one that honors its land-grant mission and a heritage honed through 150 years of service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Six principles guide our efforts. They are: creating a vibrant undergraduate learning community, advancing a high-quality graduate and professional education portfolio, cultivating a robust research environment, developing a strong and sustainable UK infrastructure, fostering a positive work environment for faculty and staff, and ensuring a meaningful impact on the Commonwealth and the community.

Employment/Benefits

As Central Kentucky's largest employer, the University of Kentucky supports the recruitment and retention of unparalleled talent - individuals who inspire learning, teaching, service and healing through innovation in work solutions, initiatives, policies and programs. Impressive benefits at the University include an excellent retirement package, with an employer match that doubles the employee's contribution, a dynamic work-life program to assist employees in balancing their work with their personal lives, a wellness program to protect, maintain and promote the health of employees, and a strategic plan that nurtures diversity of thought, culture, gender and ethnicity. For more information regarding benefits, visit http://www.uky.edu/hr/benefits.

Research

In fiscal year 2016, the University of Kentucky was awarded $316.5 million in external grants and contracts. UK is one of only eight universities across the country with the full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional and medical programs on one contiguous campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique cross-disciplinary research and scholarship. Moreover, UK is currently one of only 22 public institutions with a trifecta of federal designations of excellence in research: for aging, in cancer and in translational science. A new $265 million research facility, due to open in 2018, will bring together clinicians, scientists and scholars from across UK’s campus to reduce health gaps in Kentucky. These health gaps include cancer, cardiovascular disease & stroke, diabetes & obesity, substance abuse, and neuroscience & aging.

Research at UK is a dynamic enterprise encompassing both traditional scholarship and emerging technologies. UK is one of eight universities in the U.S. that has well-established programs in agriculture, engineering, medicine and pharmacy on a single campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique interdisciplinary collaboration.

In 2013, the UK Markey Cancer Center announced its designation as a National Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. This designation places UK among an elite group of 22 research universities that can boast the "Triple Crown" of federal research awards: NCI designation, the Clinical Translational Sciences Award, and a federally supported Alzheimer's Disease Center.

UK HealthCare

UK HealthCare has strategically developed an incredible capacity to serve the Commonwealth through its state-of-the-art patient care pavilion and emergency rooms, advanced biomedical and biological research, and a network of affiliate health care agencies throughout Kentucky. Passion for people and a vision for the "medical campus of the future" have inspired leading physicians and researchers from across the United States to join UK. Their research agenda is balanced with outreach to affiliated and partner hospitals, so Kentucky families can receive high-quality health care at home and travel to Lexington for only the most advanced, complex medical care and procedures.

Living in the Bluegrass

Ranked as one of the nation's best places to live and work, Lexington offers many diverse educational, cultural and commercial opportunities. With a population of more than 314,000 people, Lexington supports cultural attractions such as opera, ballet, theater and musical events. Surrounded by rolling hills and horse farms, the Bluegrass Region is known for its natural beauty. For more information: http://www.uky.edu/hr/employment/working-uk/life-in-lexington.

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