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Tenure-Track Faculty Positions: Microbiology

Proposed Tenure Department: Plant and Microbial Biology
Appointment Term: 9 month

The new Department of Plant and Microbial Biology comprises a diverse and integrative group of scientists studying genetics, ecology, evolution, and molecular biology. This cluster hire is the first phase in a five year strategic plan to expand research in microbiology, plant biology and plant-microbe interactions in the department. The larger University community provides exceptional opportunities to develop strengths in research, teaching, and community outreach, including opportunities to direct field courses and contribute to public education programs. Affiliated research and outreach facilities include the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute, the BioTechnology Institute, the Biotechnology Resource Center, the University of Minnesota Genomics Center, the Biological Imaging Centers, the University of Minnesota Herbarium of the J. F. Bell Museum of Natural History, the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, and Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. The campus is located in the heart of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which is rich in cultural and natural attractions.

The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota announces a cluster hire in microbial biology that will recruit three tenure-track assistant professors in the new Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. We seek outstanding microbiologists who utilize various approaches (including physiology, molecular biology, computation, diversity, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, ecology and/or evolution) to understand microorganisms in fundamental, environmental and/or applied contexts. We encourage applicants working in the following research areas:

  • Archaeal Microbiology
  • Environmental Metagenomics
  • Eukaryotic Microbiology
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Microbial Cellular Biology
Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidates will develop strong, extramurally funded research programs, pursue teaching in microbial biology, mentor undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers and participate in professional service. Faculty positions at University of Minnesota provide opportunities for collaboration between researchers in all disciplines, and involvement in several excellent graduate programs.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in microbiology or a related discipline, and appropriate post-doctoral experience
  • Strong publication record in disciplines related to the position
  • Evidence of potential to initiate and sustain extramurally funded research
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in communicating with multiple audiences
  • Evidence of commitment to equity and diversity
Preferred Qualifications
  • Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively and productively with other scientists
  • Evidence of innovative approaches to teaching microbiology
  • Teaching experience at graduate or undergraduate levels
Materials Required
  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Names/Contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation will be requested after the pool has been evaluated)
  • Statement of Research (maximum of three pages)
  • Statement of Teaching (maximum of one page)
  • Statement of Diversity (maximum of one page)

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online.

  1. Got to http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs
  2. Search Job ID# 313482

After you submit the application (including cover letter and CV attachments), please select your application and navigate to the “My Activities” page to submit the following documents:

  • Names/Contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation will be requested after the pool has been evaluated)
  • Statement of Research (maximum of three pages)
  • Statement of Teaching (maximum of one page)
  • Statement of Diversity (maximum of one page)

Applications are due November 15, 2016.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Jeffrey Gralnick (gralnick@umn.edu).

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and 67,932 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.   

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus has extensive research and teaching facilities; active-learning classrooms, genomics core facilities, field research stations, greenhouses, museum collections, herbarium and laboratories. The campus is located in the heart of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which is rich in cultural and natural attractions.