Now Hiring

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 Department of Biology Teaching and Learning is seeking to hire a future tenure-track assistant professor through the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  The application for the PPFP is now open (see program flyer) and more information can be found at The deadline for applying is November 1, 2019.

We are seeking a candidate who has experience in biology education research and in innovative, evidence-based teaching. The expectation for the successful candidate is that they will develop an active research program in BTL under the mentorship of one or more of our current faculty as a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, before transitioning after one to two years to a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department and the College of Biological Sciences. This position will complement the existing strengths of the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning, and contribute to our mission of discovering, adapting, applying and disseminating innovative research and strategies that transform biology education. The successful candidate will be a productive researcher with demonstrated independence in thinking and the ability to work across the biological and biology education disciplines. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong, extramurally-funded and collaborative research program that creates, extends, and/or explains the mechanisms of effective approaches to biology education.  Applications will be accepted through the University of Minnesota’s PPFP website from until November 1, 2019.  

This position is part of the University of Minnesota’s recent partnership with the University of California’s highly successful President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  

Questions about the program, the application process, and the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning can be directed to any of our tunered/tenure-line faculty, including Abdi WarfaAnita SchuchardtSehoya CotnerMurray JensenRob Brooker, or David Kirkpatrick.