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Research Scientist

University of Kentucky

This is a Full-time position in Lexington, KY posted April 1, 2021.

nnJob Summarynn nnPosition will be employed in laboratory/experimental studies related to biofuels and environmental catalysis.nn nnResponsibilities will include, but not be limited to:nn Leads specific studies or aspects of studies related to processing chemicals and materials, including determination of chemical and physical properties, composition, structure, relationships and reactions.

Confers with scientists and engineers to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard tests.

Analyzes test information and data.

Guides the work of peers, technicians or other support staff in preparing test solutions, compounds, and reagents for laboratory tests and analysis.

nnThe University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER) is seeking to fill a Senior Scientist position for its Biofuels & Environmental Catalysis research group.

The successful candidate will lead CAER’s program in microalgae-based CO2 capture and utilization.

CAER’s algae program was initiated in 2008 and is currently focused on the cultivation of microalgae using CO2 present in industrial flue gas, as well as in ambient air, in addition to the processing of produced algae biomass into products such as bioplastic feedstock, fertilizer and high value chemicals.

In addition to leading funded research projects, tasks will include grant proposal preparation, the preparation of scientific manuscripts and providing direction, guidance, and training for Center scientific and engineering personnel and students.

The candidate is expected to: 1) supervise the cultivation of microalgae at scales of up to 1200 L; 2) oversee (and assist where necessary) the analysis of algae cultures and produced biomass using diverse analytical methods; 3) supervise and assist in the processing of produced biomass; 4) prepare progress reports for project sponsors; 5) lead project planning meetings; 6) provide training to other personnel and students; 7) prepare research proposals; 8) prepare scientific manuscripts; 9) present project results at scientific conferences.nn nnSkills and Abilitiesnn nnCandidates should have extensive knowledge of and experience in the cultivation of microalgae.

Excellent computer skills and communication skills (oral and written) are required.

The successful candidate shall have a minimum of a PhD degree from an accredited college or university in phycology, biology, biosystems engineering or a related field + 0-5 years of experience, or the equivalent in education, experience and training.

Applicants must be able to perform all essential job functions as identified in the position description; copy available to candidates selected for interview.nn nnSkills / Knowledge / Abilities Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

No Preferred Education/Experience Deadline to Apply 04/18/2021 University Community of Inclusionnn nnThe 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.

nn nnAs an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

nn nnAny 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.nn