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Position description - Cellular Biophysics

The College of Biological Sciences announces up to two tenure-track positions in Cellular Biophysics at the level of assistant professor with the potential to hire at the tenured-associate level. Successful candidates will be committed to interdisciplinary interactions and poised to take particular advantage of advancing optical and biophysical imaging methods, mathematical modeling and/or chemical approaches in the analysis of intracellular transport and cell motility. Specific research areas of interest include:

  • Signal transduction in relationship to cell contacts, intracellular transport, cell motility, molecular imaging and tissue engineering
  • Intracellular transport of macromolecular complexes and organelles as related to the establishment of cellular asymmetries
  • Chemical biology of protein interaction and its relationship to drug discovery
  • Protein engineering and molecular imaging in the cell
  • Complex molecular systems, synthetic and systems biology as related to the focus on intracellular transport and cell motility
  • Instrumentation development for biophysical imaging

Duties and Responsibilities:

Research: The successful candidate will be a productive scientist with independent ideas capable of working across disciplines. You will develop a strong, extramurally funded and collaborative research program that exploits biophysical methods, optical imaging, mathematical modeling and/or chemical approaches to advance our understanding of intracellular transport and cell motility.

Education: The successful candidate is expected to develop a scholarly, innovative, and collaborative teaching program for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Biological Sciences and doctoral programs. Teaching responsibilities will be aligned with the candidate's quantitative training and will emphasize integration of the physical and life sciences. Successful candidates will supervise Ph.D. students and postdocs that are directly appointed under their responsibility or in cooperation with a research team.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. and/or M.D. (or foreign equivalent) and post-doctoral experience, as appropriate
  • Strong publication record in disciplines related to the position
  • Potential to initiate and sustain a strong research program interrogating the underlying biophysical and chemical mechanisms that regulate intracellular transport and cell motility
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences
  • Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively, and productively with other scientists
  • Evidence of commitment to teaching and student learning
  • Evidence of commitment to equity and diversity


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 facilities including high performance computing, Genomic Next Gen Sequencing core, Mass Spectrometry facilities, the University Imaging Center, and the Centers for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Biophysical Spectroscopy. The campus is located in the heart of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which is rich in cultural and natural attractions.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The University supports the work-life balance of its faculty and especially encourages applications from women and members of under-represented groups.

Application instructions:

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Application deadline is December 1; evaluation of applications will begin November 1.

Interested applicants must apply online and attache the following:

  • Letter of application/intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation will be requested after the pool has been narrowed)
  • Research plan — not to exceed five pages (attach as Additional Document 1)
  • Statement of teaching (attache as Additional Document 2)
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