Biology Research Post-Doctoral Scholar, University of Kentucky, USA

Postdoctoral Position in USA

Biology Research Post-Doctoral Scholar: The Zenil-Ferguson Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Kentucky is seeking a full-time postdoctoral researcher to join an NSF-funded project focusing on the evolution of Andean flora using phylogenomic trees. The project aims to develop models of diversification and trait evolution related to Andean Mountain uplift.

Requisition Number: DU12218
Department Name: 8E300: Biology
Work Location: Lexington, KY
Salary Range: $60,000
Type of Position: Faculty
Position Time Status: Full-Time


Post-Doctoral Scholar

Research Area

Evolutionary biology, statistics, plant biology, phylogenetics, trait evolution, biogeography, and diversification of Andean flora.


Lexington, KY


Required Education: Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, statistics, plant biology, or a related field.
Required Related Experience: n/a
Required License/Registration/Certification: n/a

Physical Requirements: Sitting/standing at workstation for extended periods; lifting/carrying lightweight objects; walking across campus.

Preferred Education/Experience: Experience implementing comparative methods software (R or RevBayes) is encouraged.

Job Description

The successful candidate will be involved in an NSF-funded project that collaborates with the Lagomarsino Lab (LSU) and the Schwartz Lab (URI). The primary objective is to investigate the trait evolution, biogeography, and diversification of Andean flora through the use of phylogenomic trees. The role requires independence, organization, and motivation, with a strong interest in macroevolution and phylogenetic comparative methods.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research using phylogenomic trees.
  • Develop models of diversification and trait evolution.
  • Collaborate with other researchers within and outside the University.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Cover letter describing research interests/experience.
  2. CV.

Additionally, email the names and contact information for two references to

For any questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Rosana Zenil-Ferguson at

Last Date for Apply


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The anticipated start date is Fall 2024, with funding available for one year and the possibility of renewal based on performance and available funding. The University of Kentucky offers comprehensive benefits detailed at University of Kentucky Benefits.

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and minorities. The University is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus and requires pre-employment screenings.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strive to create an environment of openness and acceptance for all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives.



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