The successful candidate will perform applied research, service, and outreach related to geologic controls on the origin, transport, and fate of contaminants and carcinogens in Kentucky. Work will include continuation of existing Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) collaborations to investigate geological controls on indoor radon and heavy metals in the environment in addition to new research topics identified by the candidate and consistent with the KGS and UK strategic plans.
Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in environmental or geohealth applications of spatial statistics and/or biostatistics; development of innovative geochemical sampling or analysis methods; integration of geologic and epidemiological information; use of geologic information to support public policy decisions; and/or publication of geohealth research in major journals. This position will require CITI human subjects research certification (available through UK after employment begins).
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.
Demonstrated ability to work towards common goals as a high-performing team member and potential to become a research team leader.
Demonstrated ability to 1) publish research results in peer reviewed scientific journals, reports, and conference abstracts, 2) foster existing and develop new research collaborations within the university and the broader scientific community, and 3) engage in a program of continuous professional development leading to national or international stature in the candidate's field(s) of specialization.
Demonstrated potential to conceive and acquire outside funding for geohealth research projects relevant to Kentucky in collaboration, including collaboration with other UK research groups.
Demonstrated proficiency in the use of modern computational tools such as Matlab, Mathematica, R, or Python, in addition to GIS, for advanced geologic data visualization, analysis, and/or simulation.
Ability to perform laboratory work, geological fieldwork, and general office work in support of KGS research and outreach objectives. This may include fieldwork in rough terrain or inclement weather, representation of KGS at public events, occasional lifting of 50 lbs or more, and occasional overnight travel.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
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Driver's license preferred
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.
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.