Forest Genetics Research Specialist – University of Kentucky

POSITION TITLE: Forest Genetics Research Specialist, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Kentucky.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. degree in forestry or related field required, plus three (3) yearsā€™ experience, in tree research, tree breeding, tree genetics, and/or tree nursery work preferred.

SALARY: This is a regular, full-time position. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

LOCATION: This position will be stationed on the main campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky with state, regional, and national travel required.

RESPONSIBILITES AND QUALIFICATIONS: The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) is seeking a forest genetics research specialist to spearhead collaborative research that will foster the sustainability of oak species, such as Quercus alba, that provide critical economic, ecosystem, and wildlife values to the region. This person will be responsible for surveying available germplasm and establishing plantings for use in tree breeding and genetic analysis across the region. The latter will require identifying and developing necessary breeding program infrastructure and partners to ensure success. The individual will also be required to conduct research integrating oak genetics, genomics and breeding. The person will collaborate with FNR faculty, Kentucky Division of Forestry, Forest Health Research and Education Center, the emerging Kentucky Spirits Research Institute and White Oak Initiative and others engaged in oak genetics and conservation to help ensure success of collections, breeding programs, research, and to help build a collaborative working towards the sustainability of oak resources. The position will require the ability to develop phenotypic evaluations and plant material collections, maintain databases, develop and implement research, supervise personnel, and work with partners and stakeholders to help develop a collaborative network aimed at the sustainability of oak species.
The position is housed at the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Kentucky. For information about the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and the University of Kentucky can be viewed at and Information about the FHC can be obtained at

APPLICATION DEADLINE and AVAILAIBILITY: Closing date for the applications is May 20, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is found. Starting date is negotiable however preference will be given to those who can start on or about August 1, 2018.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply for job #RE14043 (Agriculture Research Specialist Principle, ā€“ working title: Forest Genetics Research Specialist), submit a UK Online Application at If you have any questions, contact HR/Employment, phone (859) 257-9555 press 2. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Dana Nelson, 859-257-7606;

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