Postdoctoral position in microbial transformation of lignin-derived compounds

This position is part of an ongoing project in the Moe laboratory at the University of Kentucky focused on production of chemicals through microbial biotransformation of lignin-derived compounds.  The successful candidate will use culture-dependent and culture-independent techniques to probe plant-associated microbial communities to identify and characterize microbes and/or genes with the desired metabolic capabilities.  Additional work will focus on the genetics and biochemistry of the microbial biotransformations, as well as directed evolution of genes for enhanced substrate conversion.  There will be opportunities for developing additional projects within the framework of plant-microbe interactions and microbial biotechnology.

We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar with research experience and interests in plant-microbe interactions, microbial ecology, and microbial biotechnology.  Experience with analytical chemistry techniques is desired, but not a necessity.  The ideal candidate will be able to work independently and as part of a larger team, and will have good oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.  Demonstrated research success, as evidenced by publications in international scholarly journals, will be taken into account.

We anticipate filling this position in January or February of 2019, although applications will be considered until the position is filled.  Funding is available for 2-3 years.  The position will be filled for one year initially, with renewal contingent on satisfactory progress and the continued availability of funding.

We are part of a diverse and highly collaborative research group within the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment at the University of Kentucky.  You can find out more about our research group at  To find out more about UK and Lexington, KY, visit

Applying for the position:  Interested parties should send a current CV and contact information for three references to  Applicants should also send a brief description of research accomplishments and goals.  Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Luke Moe at the same e-mail address.

Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date: ASAP
Location: University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY, USA)