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Position description - Theoretical Biology

The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota announces up to two tenure-track positions, one at open rank and one assistant professor. Individuals in these positions will be the nucleus of a cluster in quantitative, theoretical biology, conducting research to address questions of broad biological import. Applicants working in any area of theoretical biology with areas of interest in evolution and ecology on scales ranging from molecules to ecosystems are welcome.       

Duties and Responsibilities: 

The successful candidate(s) will develop a strong, extramurally funded and collaborative research program, pursue a scholarly, innovative and collaborative teaching program, advise undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, and participate in professional service. This position provides numerous opportunities for collaboration in diverse areas of biology, mathematics and computer science, and access to students in multiple graduate programs.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in ecology, evolution, mathematics, or a related discipline
  • Strong publication record in disciplines related to the position
  • Potential to initiate and sustain a strong research program
  • 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

Materials Required:

  • Letter of application/intent
  • CV
  • Names/contact information for three professional references
  • Statements of research and teaching


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 College of Biological Sciences at The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus has extensive research facilities, including laboratories, greenhouses, field research stations, museum and herbarium collections, high performance computing, and genomics. 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.