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Research Analyst

University of Kentucky
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Lexington, KY
Job Description:

Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm (37.5 hours/week).

Job Summary

The College of Agriculture, Food & Environment Department of Forestry and Natural Resources seeks a Research Analysist.  This position will support research activities related to aquatic ecology, wildlife (especially amphibians and reptiles) and other  areas including forest hydrology and watershed management. 

The research analyst will conduct both field and lab research as well as provide education support for faculty and graduate students. Candidates are sought with 1) demonstrated expertise in wildlife research using multiple field and lab methods that include GPS radio- and PIT- telemetry, animal capture and the use of standardized techniques to process animals, camera trapping, operation of 4×4 vehicles and ATVs, basic vegetation measurement (forestry plots, plant ID, laboratory analysis of field vegetation samples); 2) database management skills, including MS Excel, Word, Access; 3) ability to conduct analysis of research data, write research manuscripts, and be an active participant in the preparation of grant proposals. 

Must have a strong record of success conducting research and scholarly activities, including publication in peer-reviewed journals. Advanced knowledge of R and ArcGIS software is required. For additional information on the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources please click here:

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to protect our university community including our students, staff, faculty and visitors, the University of Kentucky is requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all new hires prior to starting employment. Therefore, as of October 18, 2021, all new hires prior to their first day of employment must submit appropriate documentation showing, i) completion of the first vaccination against COVID-19, or ii) completion of the full vaccination series against COVID-19, or iii) approved exemption (medical contraindications or a sincerely held religious belief) through the formal exemption process from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For those employees who have completed the first vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment, the second vaccination (if applicable) must be completed following the vaccination recommended schedule to be considered fully vaccinated. 


Lifting, pushing, pulling objects up to 50 lbs.; walking and/or standing for extended periods of time; sitting for moderate amounts of time.

Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PPT); ArcGIS, R, or other statistical software; GPS.

Bachelor’s in Forestry or another related field plus three or more years related experience.
A Master’s degree is preferred, but not required.



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 the University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




How to Apply:

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents

  1. Curriculum Vita