Postdoctoral Research Associate
Locations: Bowling Green, KY
Posted: Jan 19, 2022
Closes: Open Until Filled
Ref. No.: 996428
Position ID: 141718
About Western Kentucky University:
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research
institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic
and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in
1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth
of Kentucky with approximately 15,567 students (29% first generation, 17%
underrepresented minority) and just over 2,600 faculty and staff employees.
Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to
embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and
living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic
education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff
to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and
Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of
Louisville, KY, WKU's main campus is in Bowling Green, KY - a city with
approximately 70,000 residents. Our population is ethnically diverse, with
more than 85 languages spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35
nationalities call our community home.
Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who
are inspired individually to contribute to WKU's strategic plans and ongoing
success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and
their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and
take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the
responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation
and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents
are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at wku.edu/about.
The position requires developing Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) procedures for
determining pollutants and proteins in agricultural samples such as milk,
manures, and soils. Liquid Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS)
will be used. This work is a collaborative effort between WKY and USDA
scientists at Bowling Green, KY. The postdoctoral associate will be involved
in other projects as the need arises. This is a grant funded position.
Continuation is dependent upon funding/need.
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be
construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based
on management discretion and institutional needs.
Work on research projects and complete goals/objectives in a timely manner
Propose important studies related to this WKU-USDA collaboration
Support the Project Director in preparing annual/final reports
Publish research data in peer-reviewed scientific journals
Train and assist undergraduate and graduate students working in the lab
Interact with other researchers at the Bowling Green USDA-ARS facility
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:
Ability to work independently and disseminate the research findings
through high impact peer-reviewed publications
Doctoral degree in Chemistry or a related field with research experience
in the area of analytical or environmental chemistry
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education
to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of
providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals.
In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX
of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no
form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of
race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age,
uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth
or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission
to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate
in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal
Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To
request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions
regarding WKU''s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please
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based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title
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Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at:
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The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent
You will receive email confirmation that your submission has been received.
The candidate review process will generally begin as materials are received.
The expected hire date is on or about March 17, 2022.