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Postdoctoral Associate - Cotner Lab

The Cotner Lab seeks a postdoc for 1-2 years (or more, pending funding).

Duties to include collaborating with Andamio Games, Biology Teaching and Learning (BTL), and Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota; teaching in the non-majors course series; and researching one or more of the following: STEM equity, STEM games in a k-12 setting, and course-based undergraduate research experiences for non-majors.

The selected candidate will serve as the scientific consultant on a Phase II “Serious STEM Games” project (NSF funded), to develop educational games centered on metabolism; teach Biology 1003 in Spring 2018 (department funded), and conduct Biology Education Research aligned with personal and PI goals (PI funded). 

Duties and Responsibilities

25% Teaching

  • Teach, in Spring 2018, two sections of Biology 1003 (“The Evolution & Biology of Sex)—a non-majors, introductory biology course with lab (labs are taught separately).

50% Scientific Consultation on “Serious STEM Game” development (topic: cellular metabolism)

  • Assist Andamio Games (Minneapolis, MN) with Phase II development of “Cyto Assist” an application designed to engage middle- and high-school students in learning about photosynthesis and respiration

25% Biology Education Research & Dissemination

  • In collaboration with PI, develop plans for BER projects focused on the above two activities (or other, as agreed upon).
  • Co-author manuscripts, prepare presentation materials, present at national discipline-specific meetings.


Essential Qualifications

  • PhD in the natural sciences
  • Documentation of evidence-based teaching

Preferred Qualifications

  • Peer-reviewed publications in both the natural sciences and discipline-based education research

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online.  

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. 

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.