The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment seeks to fill a key postdoctoral position in the NIH-funded community-engaged research supporting existing and on-going research on drinking water disinfection byproducts in the Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology at the University of Kentucky.

Disinfection byproducts, which are toxic chemicals formed during chlorination of drinking water, are among the most ubiquitous contaminants of drinking water in the United States and worldwide. They are the primary source of Safe Drinking Water Act Maximum Contaminant Level Violations in the U.S.

Responsibilities include: conducting research using both traditional and community-based participatory methods on the factors governing formation of and exposure to disinfection byproducts in rural drinking water systems as part of an NIEHS-funded research to action project.

The selected candidate will be enriched by participating in collaborations as part of UK’s NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Sciences Core Center, UK-Cares, as well as the University of Kentucky Water Research Institute.

 Please include your CV, a copy of your most relevant publication, and a list of two references. Applications will be screened until a suitable applicant is identified. Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2023

Anticipated start date: Sept. 30, 2023-November 1, 2023

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in chemistry, analytical chemistry, civil or environmental engineering, earth/planetary sciences, toxicology, environmental health science, or a related discipline.

Experience with analysis of drinking water chemistry including GC-ECD, GC-MS or LC-MS/MS is desirable. The candidate should also have excellent written and oral communication skills, statistical analysis skills, and be willing to engage with stakeholders.

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.

Deadline to Apply: 12/31/2023


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