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Research Post-Doctoral Scholar in Biology

University of Kentucky

Job Description

Research Post-Doctoral Scholar in Biology

Posting Details

Job Title
Research Post-Doctoral Scholar in Biology

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Tenure Track Status
Non-Tenure Track

Required Education

Required Related Experience
Some background in mathematical modeling
Some background in statistics
Some background in population ecology

Required License/Registration/Certification

Job Summary
The Department of Biology (https://bio.as.uky.edu/) in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to join the Ferguson group (www.jakeferguson.info) for collaborative work with the Ponciano lab at the University of Florida (https://www.josemiponciano.net/). This is a 2-year position with a flexible start date.

This position will assist with the development of statistical approaches to study complex animal population dynamics. The successful candidate will participate in the development of statistical theory to estimate potential functions from time series of animal population abundances. These functions provide empirical descriptions of the forces that regulate populations. The candidate will apply this theory to a database of populations that exhibit cycles to better understand whether exogenous or endogenous factors drive population cycles. This project will build on our ongoing work that seeks to understand how plant and animal populations that exhibit complex dynamics respond to environmental fluctuations.

A Ph.D. is required. Candidates must have a background in mathematical modeling, statistics, and population ecology.

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2022.

Applicants should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae. In addition, please provide the names and contact information for two 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 Dr. Jake Ferguson, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology (troutinthemilk@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?

Preferred Education/Experience

Deadline to Apply

Open Until Filled

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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.

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