Postdoctoral Researcher - IRACDA

Updated: about 8 hours ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Higuchi Biosciences Center

Position Overview

Postdoctoral Research positions are available through the NIH-Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) program. This comprehensive program offers three years of support to outstanding candidates seeking postdoctoral research training along with an opportunity to obtain mentored teaching experience in a four-year tribal college in preparation for an academic career. Postdoctoral research training is provided under the guidance of one of the faculty mentors listed on the IRACDA website, who represent a broad range of disciplines including organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology/ toxicology, chemical biology, biochemistry, molecular/cellular biology, genetics, and evolutionary biology. The program is administered through the Office for Diversity in Science Training at the University of Kansas and is partnered with Haskell Indian Nations University, a local Bureau of Indian Affairs university.

Job Description

65% - Conduct research in scientific areas consistent with general research areas of the chosen faculty mentor full-time in years 1 and 3, part-time in year 2 of the program.

15% - Mentored undergraduate teaching at Haskell Indian Nations University in year 2 of the program.

15% - Data analysis, record keeping and reporting.

5% - General laboratory responsibilities.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in the area of chemistry, biology, or a related field with no more than two years of previous postdoctoral experience.
  • NOTE:

    This grant requires that candidates appointed under this program be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents.

    NOTE:  To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire.  Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed 6-months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

    Position Requirement:  Per University of Kansas policy , all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. Haskell Indian Nations University requires successful candidates to satisfactorily complete an additional background check prior to teaching at Haskell. Haskell's background check is in addition to and separate from KU's background check.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Special interest in developing a career in academic science with an emphasis in teaching at an institution that serves underrepresented minorities.
  • Experience working with minority students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team based environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Erin Barker,

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    All applicants are asked to review the list of KU faculty members participating as mentors and their areas of research. The list can be found at .  Other KU faculty members of interest to the applicant may be considered.  Applicants should contact one or more potential mentors about applying for the fellowship and the research opportunities available in the mentor's program. Once a mentor has agreed to provide the research training, the applicant should complete the online application. A curriculum vitae and a cover letter outlining your career goals and how the experiences you will have through the program will assist you in achieving those goals must be attached to the application. In addition, two original letters of reference; and for the IRACDA mentor, his/her NIH Biosketch including Other Research Support, and a letter indicating his/her willingness to provide guidance and support in your development of an academic career, particularly your training in all aspects of high quality research, should be sent by email  to Erin Barker (, O'Leary Shared Service Center, 1246 West Campus Rd, Room 202, Lawrence, KS 66045.

    Application review begins on May 4, 2020 for appointments beginning Fall 2020 and continues until positions are filled. 

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    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


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