Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellowship
Company: University of Kentucky
Posted on: May 15, 2022
Posting Details Job Title Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral
Requisition Number DU04315
Department Name 40100:VP of Research
Work Location Lexington, KY
Salary Range $53,760/Annually
Type of Position Other
Position Time Status Full-Time
Required Education Completion of doctoral degree within the past
two years or will complete the doctoral degree before the date of
Required Related Experience NA
Required License/Registration/Certification NA
Physical Requirements NA
Shift Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (40 hours/week)
Job Summary Since 1990, the Office of the Vice President for
Research has supported two postdoctoral fellowship programs with
the primary goal of diversifying the pipeline of candidates
qualified to become academic leaders in their fields. These
programs support the stipend, plus benefits, for the fellows along
with some funds for their research career development. Because a
major goal of these fellowships is to prepare the fellows to be
competitive for faculty positions, we will be enhancing the
research development activities associated with these awards.
Fellowship recipients will pursue an individualized research
program under the mentorship of one or more UK professors and
actively participate in departmental and professional research
related activities. In addition, a series of research career
development activities will be available which are designed to
enhance the fellow's competitiveness for a future faculty
The Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellowship is named in honor of
UK's first African-American graduate student, and prioritizes
funding for candidates from backgrounds that are traditionally
underrepresented in the faculty ranks. Race, ethnicity and national
origin, as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of
Federal Contract Compliance Programs manual, are among the factors
that contribute to diversity and inclusive excellence.
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. They also must have completed the
doctoral degree within the past two years, or longer with
justification, 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 terminal degree at UK should be affiliated with
a research group other than the one in which they did their prior
research to expand their research experience.
The University has a commitment to responsible research in all
disciplines. All UK faculty, staff, and students participating in
research and scholarly activity, whether externally or internally
funded are required to complete the mandated Responsible Conduct of
Research ( RCR ) training on an annual basis. The Office of the
Vice President for Research expects that recipients of this
postdoctoral fellowship will complete this training and maintain
annual compliance. More information about RCR training is available
here: https://www.research.uky.edu/responsible-conduct-research .
If you have questions about this training requirement, please email
(see application details)
Selection criteria include:
- Evidence of scholarship with competitive potential for a
tenure-track faculty appointment at a research university
- Quality of the fellowship proposal and the fit with the
research interests of the candidate's chosen mentor(s)
- Strong support from mentor(s), department chair and
- We suggest faculty who propose to serve as postdoctoral
fellowship mentors are at the associate or full professor rank. If
a proposed mentor is an assistant professor, please propose a
co-mentorship arrangement with a more senior faculty member. In the
event of such a co-mentorship arrangement, we strongly suggest that
the junior and senior mentors serve in different units/departments
to ensure independence and autonomy. Please include a description
on the affiliations and specific roles of both mentors and how
independence and autonomy will be respected.
- Compelling argument that the appointment would contribute to
increasing the diversity within the candidate's discipline
The application dossier should contain the following documents in
the order list, saved as a single PDF to be uploaded. The maximum
allowable document size is 9 MB.
- Cover letter that addresses how participation in this program
would contribute to the compelling interest of diversity and
inclusive excellence at the University of Kentucky and in the
- Curriculum Vitae, including the names of references providing
letters of recommendation.
- A description of short-term and long-term career goals that
have been discussed with your UK research mentor(s).
- An original proposal describing the research planned, written
independently by the applicant in a way that non-experts can
evaluate (1,500 words or less; figures and references are not
included in this total).
Additionally, the items below are required to be submitted. Please
ask each of the following individuals to email their
letters/materials to: (see application details) with the
applicant's name in the subject line by the stated deadline.
- A letter from the potential UK mentor(s) that endorses the
candidate, acknowledges the candidate's career plans and commits to
ensuring the fellow participates in the career development
activities associated with this program.
- The mentor's curriculum vitae (5-page limit) that includes
current and pending funding.
- A letter from the potential UK department chair that commits
departmental resources, such as space and computer support, and
describes any additional departmental-level career development
activities available to the fellow.
- Three reference letters.
The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and
well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In
alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of
COVID -19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious
exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under
the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two
weeks after receiving the full COVID -19 vaccination series or upon
obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the
World Health Organization can be accepted.
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 11/07/2022
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.
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