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Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Job Title Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellowship
Requisition Number FE01066
Working Title
Department Name 40100:VP of Research
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Student
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Non-Tenure Track
Required Education

Completion of doctoral degree within the past two years or will complete the doctoral degree before the date of appointment.

Required Related Experience

NA

Required License/Registration/Certification

NA

Job Summary

In an effort to contribute to the mission of enhancing diversity, the University of Kentucky established the Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellowships to support postdoctoral fellows in graduate and professional areas. The fellowships are named in honor of UK’s first African-American graduate student, Lyman T. Johnson.

Application deadline is November 1, 2017.

Fellowship recipients pursue an individualized research program under the mentorship of one or more UK professors and actively participate in departmental and professional research related activities. Fellows play a lead role in designing, developing and implementing research programs that contribute to a department’s overall graduate education and research mandates.

Applicants must be eligible to compete for federally-funded postdoctoral grants. This includes the eligibility requirement that, by the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Applicants must have completed the doctoral degree within the past two years or will complete the doctoral degree before the date of appointment. Preference will be given to applicants who do not have a prior or present postdoctoral appointment at UK. Applicants who received their PhD at UK must be affiliated with a research group other than the one in which they did their prior research. The goal is to broaden the research experience and training for the fellowship recipient.

Selection criteria include:

Evidence of scholarship with competitive potential for a tenure-track faculty appointment at a research university
Compatibility of specific research interests with those present in doctorate-granting units at UK
Quality of the fellowship proposal
Strong support from mentor and references
Compelling argument that the appointment would contribute to increasing the diversity within the research or professional area
The fellowship provides a $47,476 stipend plus benefits.In addition, the fellow receives $2,000 for support of research activities.Fellowships are available for up to two years. The initial appointment is for 12 months, but recipients may apply for a second year.

Race, ethnicity and national origin are among the factors that contribute to diversity, as does economic background. Applicants applying to this program should address how participation in this program would contribute to the compelling interest of diversity at the University of Kentucky and in their profession in their letter of application.

Rquired Documents for Application:
*Note, all required documents should be saved as a PDF before uploading to application.

1. Cover Letter – This should be a letter of application that addresses how participation in this program would contribute to the compelling interest of diversity at the University of Kentucky and in their profession

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Writing Sample – Writing sample publications or dissertation chapters (no more than 2 – please combine multiple files into one pdf before uploading.)

4. Specific Request 1 – A research proposal independently written by the applicant in a way that non-experts can evaluate (1,500 words or less; figures, schemas and references are not included in this total – please combine multiple files into one pdf before uploading.)

5. Specific Request 2 – A letter from the potential UK mentor and the mentor’s curriculum vitae, including current and pending funding (5 page limit) (Please combine multiple files into one pdf before uploading.)

6. Specific Request 3 – A letter from the potential UK departmental chair indicating endorsement and appropriate departmental resources such as space and computer support

Please provide the names and contact information for three references, as well as how you know each of these individuals, when prompted in the academic profile. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience

Preference will be given to applicants who do not have a prior or present postdoctoral appointment at UK. Applicants who received their PhD at UK must be affiliated with a research group other than the one in which they did their prior research. The goal is to broaden the research experience and training for the fellowship recipient.

Deadline to Apply 11/01/2017
Open Until Filled No
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.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's Online Employment System?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Higher Ed Jobs.com
    • Diverseeducation.com (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • Academic Keys
    • Latinos in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • A colleague, friend, and/or family member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Specific Request 1
  5. Specific Request 2
  6. Specific Request 3
Optional Documents