Postdoctoral Researcher - IRACDA

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewPostdoctoral Research positions are available through the NIH-Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) program. This comprehensive program offers three years of support to outstanding candidates seeking postdoctoral research training along with an opportunity to obtain mentored teaching experience in a four-year tribal college in preparation for an academic career. Note that the NIH grant supporting this program is up for competitive renewal in 2023. Fellows recruited in 2021 are assured of two years support. The third year of support is contingent upon renewal of funding for this program by the NIH. Postdoctoral research training is provided under the guidance of one of the faculty mentors listed on the IRACDA website, who represent a broad range of disciplines including organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology/ toxicology, chemical biology, biochemistry, molecular/cellular biology, genetics, and evolutionary biology. The program is administered through the Office for Diversity in Science Training at the University of Kansas and is partnered with Haskell Indian Nations University, a local Bureau of Indian Affairs university.
Job Description65% - Conduct research in scientific areas consistent with general research areas of the chosen faculty mentor full-time in years 1 and 3, part-time in year 2 of the program.

15% - Mentored undergraduate teaching at Haskell Indian Nations University in year 2 of the program. Train and supervise undergraduate researchers.

15% - Data analysis, record keeping and reporting. Documentation, presentation and publication of research.

5% - General laboratory responsibilities including but not limited to assuring lab safety compliance, assist other lab members, and contributing to daily operations of the lab. Position RequirementsPer University of Kansas policy, all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. Haskell Indian Nations University requires successful candidates to satisfactorily complete an additional background check prior to teaching at Haskell. Haskell's background check is in addition to and separate from KU's background check. Required QualificationsPh.D. in the area of chemistry, biology, or a related field, and should be early in their postdoctoral state, with no more than 2 years since the date of their doctoral degree.

NOTE: This grant requires the candidates appointed under this program be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents.

To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed 6-months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration. Preferred Qualifications1. Special interest in developing a career in academic science with an emphasis in teaching at an institution that serves underrepresented minorities.
2. Experience working with minority students.
3. Demonstrated ability to work in a team based environment.
4. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Additional Candidate InstructionsAll applicants are asked to review the list of KU faculty members participating as mentors and their areas of research. The list can be found at Other KU faculty members of interest to the applicant may be considered. Applicants should contact one or more potential mentors about applying for the fellowship and the research opportunities available in the mentor's program. Once a mentor has agreed to provide the research training, the applicant should complete the online application. A curriculum vitae and a cover letter outlining your career goals and how the experiences you will have through the program will assist you in achieving those goals must be attached to the application. In addition, two original letters of reference; and for the IRACDA mentor, his/her NIH Biosketch including Other Research Support, and a letter indicating his/her willingness to provide guidance and support in your development of an academic career, particularly your training in all aspects of high quality research, should be sent by email to Erin Barker ([email protected]).

Application review will begin on April 2, 2022 for appointments beginning Fall 2022. Review of applications will continue until all positions are filled. To ensure first consideration, please apply by April 1, 2022. Contact Information to ApplicantsErin Barker
[email protected] Advertised Salary Range50,609.00 Work Schedule40 hours a week Application Review Begins02-Apr-2022 Anticipated Start Date01-Aug-2022


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