Western Kentucky University

Biology - Recent Graduate Opportunities

Current opportunities for students:  (Please check back periodically as we will list student opportunities when we hear about them.)

  • West Kentucky job opening - partnership position between USDA & The Nature Conservancy

This position is co-funded by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and The Nature Conservancy and is sponsored by the Graves County Soil & Water Conservation District.  The primary duties of this position will be to promote and implement all aspects of the Wetlands Reserve Program.  This position has come about as a result of funding of the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative.  An educational background in the biological sciences and/or agriculture will be beneficial.  This is a two year position and is housed in Mayfield (Graves County) Kentucky.

The opening begins next Monday November 12th and runs through November 23rd.  Interested individuals can send their resumes to:

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Please contact:

Shelly Morris


1000 Commonwealth Drive

Mayfield, KY  42066

email:  mmorris@tnc.org  or by cell phone (270.748.0259)


  • Please see the information below regarding a one-year teacher residency program with MATCH Teacher Residency in Boston. This information is excerpted from the MATCH webpages, so "we" and "our" refers to MATCH not WKU (see their links below as well)

Do you want to be an unusually effective first year teacher in a high-poverty charter school?

If so, you should consider MATCH Teacher Residency--a highly innovative, one-year teacher residency program.

Basically, we give recent college graduates one year of incredibly intense training designed to make them unusually effective rookie teachers. We then help them find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.

What sets MTR apart from other teacher prep programs? 1) We're prescriptive, like a sports coach or piano teacher; you learn and practice very specific "Teacher Moves." 2) Trainees are specifically being prepared to teach in certain charter schools with a track record of "turning around" low-performing kids. 3) We have a very particular approach, which involves building relationships 1-on-1 with kids and parents, then using those relationships to run a tight ship in class, enforcing rules consistently, and pushing/demanding a LOT from our kids.

MTR is no different from the MATCH Corps (our full-time tutoring program) from Monday to Thursday. However, unlike MATCH Corps, MTRs want to go on to become full-time teachers in high-poverty, "No Excuses" charter schools. So on Fridays and Saturdays, MTRs learn about the nuts and bolts of teaching, do tons of practice, and get a lot of coaching.

We're especially proud of our brand new elementary school, MATCH Community Day, which specifically serves students who speak a language other than English at home.  MATCH Teacher Residents have the option to serve at MATCH Community Day, or our previously established High School or Middle School.  For more information on MATCH Community Day, have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGUV8Jbeu-c

Does MTR work? Yes—check out this study to see how MTR trained teachers tend to outperform other rookie (and second year) teachers:


For more information about MATCH Teacher Residency, check out this video:


Or go to our website:



  • Please see the information below for employment opportunities in Lexington, KY:

Assistant Scientist

Our client, a new modern laboratory located in Lexington, Kentucky, and a division of an established international chemical analysis and biotechnology company, is seeking three (3) entry-level Assistant Scientists for their team in Lexington due to the rapid growth and ramping up of the capacity and capability of the business service offerings.

This is a full time opportunity to join the equine testing team, working on doping control and animal welfare programs. The successful candidate will be expected to work with non-hazardous biological samples and will specifically be responsible for the following:

-        Performance of ELISA, both manual and automated (Hamilton MICROLAB® STAR)
-        Specimen accession and log-in using laboratory information management system
-        Extraction of horse urine and blood samples for analysis by complex instrumentation
-        Strict compliance with chain of custody procedures to produce results in a timely manner
-        Contribute to the work of the team in a flexible manner and with minimal supervision
-        Work in accordance with regulatory standards, e.g. ISO 17025

B.S. degree in a scientific discipline (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Zoology, etc.) is required along with  familiarity in basic chemistry laboratory techniques and awareness of scientific principles and practice.  Recent graduates will be considered.  Candidates with experience performing ELISA testing, solid-phase extractions and accessioning, and/or working in an ISO 17025 accredited environment will be given preference.

Candidates should also be accurate and diligent with a high attention to detail, reliable with a high degree of integrity, flexible in terms of working structures, processes and hours and computer literate.  Client offers an attractive salary commensurate with relevant experience, and outstanding benefits package including 401(k) plan, medical, vision, and dental insurance.

Principal Scientist

Our client, a new modern lab located in the beautiful Bluegrass region of Kentucky is seeking a Principal Scientist to join the equine testing team, working on doping control and animal welfare programs.  The successful candidate will work with non-hazardous biological samples, serve as technical leader among the equine testing team, develop and evaluate new analytical methods, operate, maintain, and trouble-shoot LC-MS and GC-MS instrumentation, analyze and review data, write, revise, and review standard operating procedures, and ensure strict compliance with chain of custody procedures.

Candidates must have a B.S. degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related discipline (M.S. preferred) along with a minimum of 5 years relevant post-degree work experience, specific experience with Thermo instrumentation and Xcalibur/LCQuan software, and familiarity with solid-phase and liquid-liquid extraction techniques and method development.  Ideal candidates who have 10 years relevant post-degree work experience, background in equine drug testing, have worked in an ISO and/or GLP facility, are knowledgeable about to chain of custody procedures, and are proficient in the use of Agilent GC-MS instruments and software (Chemstation, MassHunter), along with AB Sciex instrumentation and Analyst software will be given preference.

Candidates should possess demonstrated leadership skills, be reliable with a high degree of integrity and flexible in terms of working structures, processes and hours, and innovative.  Position requires relocation to central Kentucky.   This is an excellent opportunity to join a growing and dynamic company.  Salary commensurate with experience and benefits include generous annual leave, 401k, medical, dental, vision and life insurance, among others.

Senior Scientist

New, modern lab located in Lexington, Kentucky is seeking a Senior Scientist for its growing nutritional supplement testing business.  The company is a division of a well-established British chemical analysis and biotechnology company.

The Senior Scientist's key responsibilities will include the following:  serve as project leader for the transfer, validation and assistance in achieving accreditation for existing testing methodologies from the parent company laboratory in the UK;  operate, maintain and troubleshoot LC-MS and GC-MS instrumentation;  perform sample preparation/extractions;  analyze and review data;  write, revise, and review standard operating procedures;  and ensure strict compliance with chain of custody procedures.

Requirements for the position include:  B.S. degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related discipline and a minimum of 3 years relevant post-degree work experience, specific experience with AB Sciex instrumentation and Analyst software, familiarity with solid-phase and liquid-liquid extraction techniques, experience testing a variety of compounds, proven project leader, reliable with a high degree of integrity and ability to self-manage, flexible in terms of working structures, processes and hours.  Must be available to attend 2 week training session in the UK and for potential travel in the future as needed.

The ideal candidate will also possess practical experience in an ISO and/or GLP facility, previous commodity testing, exposure to chain of custody procedures, use of Agilent GC-MS instruments and software (MassHunter) and experience working under an ISO 17025 certification.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art laboratory with brand new equipment and future growth potential.  Salary is commensurate with relevant experience.  Benefits include generous vacation and sick time and excellent benefits such as medical, dental, vision and 401(k).

Our client, an international leader in analytical, forensic and diagnostic services and reference standards is seeking a Director of Operations and Sales to serve in a leadership role across all operations in the USA directly managing the operational heads of Food, Sport and Pharmaceutical analytical activity.

Ideal candidates will have proven leadership skills in a scientific environment relating to analytical laboratory services within the Food or Pharma sectors, an established reputation within either Food or Pharmaceutical analytical testing environments with the ability to engender confidence within key outsource decision makers.  In addition candidates should have a proven management track record with excellent interpersonal, leadership and employee development skills, with the ability to lead a management team, recruit and grow the business while resolving personnel issues and creating a strong management team.  Applicants should be ambitious, goal-oriented, self-motivated, possess excellent presentation skills, and be a team player with the ability to work individually, while possessing a desire to make a difference.

The person selected for this position will manage external service providers of business infrastructure as required (e.g. HR, IT, parts of Finance), and liaison with international corporate services, establish key measures across operations and associated development targets, reporting progress on a monthly basis, identify and exchange best practice across the entire operation, coupled to managing a technology transfer program within Health Sciences, and beyond into Forensics, Standards and Proteomics as appropriate, and drive efficiency improvement and instrument utilisation to maximise returns.  The General Manager will also work closely with the Commercial Manager and Managing Director of Health Sciences at the corporate level to establish new service offerings in line with the developing growth strategy, and identify and install new technologies that are appropriate to the developing Business Development targets.

Position is located in the Southeast US and requires a moderate amount of travel (most domestically, some internationally).

Interested candidates should email an MS WORD version of their resume along with a detailed cover letter outlining your experience for this position  to beverly@cmiconsulting.com <mailto:beverly@cmiconsulting.com> .   Please visit www.cmiconsulting.com <http://www.cmiconsulting.com>


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