• Academic Faculty - Non Tenure
  • Research Scientist
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

Assistant Scholar/Scientist of Medicine

Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine

University of Central Florida

Unleash Your Potential With Us

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The Opportunity

The Parks' Lab in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a non-tenure earning 12-month, assistant scholar/scientist of medicine position, anticipated to begin immediately.

The selected candidate will contribute to the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences mission by developing and applying innovative approaches for studying the molecular biology and immunology of viral infection. Efforts will include application of biochemical, molecular biological and genetic approaches to the study of viral pathogens.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and proficient with a track record of excellent research in microbiology of bacterial or viral pathogens, innate or adaptive immunology, or a related fields of basic science research. Strong tissue culture and microbiological expertise are preferred and experience in any aspect of gene expression analysis is a strong credential. The assistant scholar/scientist of medicine will work closely with Dr. Parks and staff in the multidisciplinary research team where they will have the opportunity for professional development through interaction with other microbiology and immunology scientists and in approaches to study both viral and bacterial pathogens.

The assistant scholar/scientist of medicine will have access to a wealth of resources including flow cytometry, bioinformatics, biochemistry, biosafety level 3 facilities, and immunological infrastructure. The position is available immediately.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. from an accredited institution in biomedical sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, bioinformatics or a closely related field. The selected candidate must also have a record of completed or ongoing postdoctoral research.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates that have a strong track record of publications in the field (5 or more publications in relevant journals), general knowledge of infectious disease and molecular biology, experience in innate immunology research, experience in grant writing, the ability to work independently and with collaborators, and experience with mentorship of junior scientists.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, statement of research, one sample publication, and a list with contact information for three (3) professional references.

Applicants can apply at:

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be simultaneously uploaded. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later. The selected applicant will be required to provide official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to: Ka Yam,

Special Instructions to the Applicants:

This is a contract and grant (C&G) funded position. This position is funded by contracts and grants and is contingent upon available funding.

Job Close Date:

Open until filled.

Note to applicants: Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled’ may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks! In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

• Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.

• Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.

• Retirement savings options.

• Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.

• Education assistance.

• Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 240-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.

Education Requirement:
PhD, Ongoing or past Postdoctoral Experience
Lake Nona, Orlando Florida
Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
6900 Lake Nona Blvd
Orlando , FL 32827
Griff Parks, PhD