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The Department of Biology at the University of Kentucky seeks two tenure-track faculty in the areas of Stem Cell Biology and in Emerging Pathogens to begin in the fall of 2019.

Assistant Professor in Stem Cell Biology

We seek candidates using innovative approaches to address fundamental questions in stem cell biology, and we encourage candidates working in any organismal or cellular system to apply. The ideal candidate will complement existing faculty strengths in regenerative biology, cell and developmental biology, genetics, genomics, and evolutionary biology. Interested applicants should apply online at:

Assistant Professor in Emerging Pathogens

We seek candidates using innovative approaches to fundamental questions in emerging pathogens and the study of infectious diseases that have newly appeared in a population, or have existed but are rapidly increasing in incidence or geographic range. We seek an innovative program employing microbial organisms to investigate fundamental questions about the ecology and evolution of pathogens, including but not limited to the evolution and function of hostmicrobiome interactions, microbiome colonization and community assembly, host-parasite interactions, and the genetics and evolution of pathogen traits. We encourage candidates interested in programs that integrate empirical approaches with theoretical, statistical, or computational methods. Interested applicants should apply online at:

With more than 500 life sciences faculty on one contiguous campus, there are excellent opportunities for scientific interaction and collaboration with programs in the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Agriculture, and Arts & Sciences, the Markey Cancer Center, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, among others.

Candidates for both positions must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, postdoctoral experience (minimum 6 months) and previous research by the successful applicants must be published in high-quality scientific journals. We encourage applicants with evidence of an ability to obtain extramural grant support and/or some teaching experience. Responsibilities for the successful candidates include (1) establishment of an independent research program that is supported by awards from extramural agencies; (2) contribution to the teaching mission of the undergraduate program; (3) teaching and mentoring for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; and (4) service for the department, university, and profession. Competitive start-up funds and renovated laboratory space will be provided.

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.

Applicants must include the following: (1) letter of application, (2) CV, (3) research plan (uploaded under Specific Request 1), (4) description of teaching interests (uploaded under Specific Request 2), and (5) a reflection on the applicant’s commitments, approaches, and insights related to inclusion, diversity, and equity (uploaded under Specific Request 3). Also provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system. 

For more details on the department and the university, visit us on the web ( or on social media (@ukybiology on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). Questions about the these searches should be addressed to Dr. Vincent Cassone, Chair, Department of Biology, University of Kentucky, 101D Thomas Hunt Morgan Building, Lexington, KY 40506;

Review of applications will begin October 29, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

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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