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Teaching Assistant Professor: Classroom-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs)

Proposed Tenure Home: Biology Teaching and Learning
Appointment Term: 9 months

The mission of the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning is to discover, adapt, apply, and disseminate innovative strategies that transform biology education. To build on emerging research opportunities, enhance biology education, and increase biology-related outreach, the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning (BTL) will act as a University of Minnesota nexus for evidence-based teaching, research on effective pedagogies, and public engagement in biology.

The College of Biological Sciences announces a teaching assistant professor position in undergraduate biology education. This position will complement the existing strengths in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning, contributing to our mission of research in biology education and high-quality teaching undergraduate, graduate, and other students. 

The primary role of the Teaching Assistant Professor in CUREs position in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning is to provide high-quality biology instruction, with an emphasis on open-ended laboratory course instruction, using innovative teaching approaches that further the undergraduate teaching mission of the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) and the University of Minnesota. The position is teaching-intensive but includes expectations for scholarship and service, including engaging in research related to biology teaching and learning and providing guidance to colleagues in areas of the Teaching Assistant Professor’s expertise. Candidates must have experience in bioinformatics or computational biology in order to complement existing strengths in the Department and facilitate teaching in those areas.


80% Teaching

  • Provide high-quality instruction in courses offered by CBS. Teach courses or programs that support the integration of research into student-centered activities. Work as part of a team to deliver existing courses to the College's majors and contribute to integration of student-centered activities in non-majors courses. Guide and supervise graduate teaching assistants for laboratory courses.
  • Develop new research projects within existing courses and/or enhance existing computer-based research projects. 
  • Continue personal growth within the profession, keep current with the field, and broaden knowledge and expertise through activities such as reading publications, attending workshops at local and national meetings, and presentations at workshops and national meetings. It is expected that these efforts will enhance the Teaching Assistant Professor’s own teaching, and will also benefit the wider CBS community through interaction between the Teaching Assistant Professor and colleagues

10% Scholarship

  • Engage in research and publication related to teaching and the instructional process (e.g., professional journal publication of articles, monographs, research reports, texts, philosophical positions, book and project reviews, books, chapters, etc, as well as presentations at professional meetings). 
  • Develop grant proposals to advance funding for instruction and scholarship of teaching and learning. 

10% Service

  • Provide service through participation in governance of CBS and/or the University through membership in committees and leadership in professional organizations. 
  • Contribute to the development of the profession through participation in national and/or international associations, publication, and/or other related activities. 

  • Provide guidance in instruction and course development to CBS colleagues. 

  • Informally advise students regarding both coursework and broader academic or career 

Essential Qualifications
  • Ph.D. degree in a biological science, with emphasis in genomics, bioinformatics, or computational biology; or Ph.D. in computer science or another science field, with a minimum of two years postdoctoral experience in biological research. 
  • Expertise in statistical analysis using R (including writing R code and troubleshooting existing R code). 
  • Experience in teaching at the undergraduate level.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two years of postdoctoral experience in computer-based biological research, particularly if Ph.D. is in another area of biology.
  • Experience with appropriate software applications, programming languages, and/or computational and online tools relevant to biological research.
  • Experience teaching in active classroom settings, and in supervising undergraduate research.
  • Strong interest in focusing on undergraduate teaching, educational/instructional research, and linking instructional and research activities to promote student engagement in research.
  • Ability to develop clear, reasonably demanding expectations of students, effectively meet teaching responsibilities, and achieve successful learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct pedagogical research.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  

  1. Visit:
  2. Search Job ID# 311801

You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter outlining how your experience meets the job description and a CV.

After completing your application please also go to the "My Activities" section and upload a teaching philosophy statement.

This position will remain open until filled.

Questions should be directed to Taylor Boyle at

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail 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.