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Director - Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories

Proposed Tenure Department: To be determined
Appointment Term: 9 month with 8 weeks summer salary

The College of Biological Sciences (CBS) at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities invites applications for the position of Director of Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. We seek an outstanding scientist with a national reputation to lead research, education, and public interaction at Itasca. This position includes research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities. The director provides leadership for research at Itasca, and for improving station facilities. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent, a strong record of publication, externally funded research, experience mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students, excellence in teaching, and be qualified for appointment at the level of full professor in a CBS department.

Established in 1909, Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is located at Lake Itasca, the headwaters of the Mississippi River, 220 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. The station is located within Itasca State Park, Minnesota's oldest state park. Facilities include laboratories, classrooms, a computer lab, cabins, a dining hall, a new campus center with an auditorium and offices, docks on Lake Itasca, and an athletic field. The director resides at the Itasca station during the summer, coordinates field biology summer courses at the station, and contributes to community engagement activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Administration (30%) - Responsibilities include supervision of Itasca staff (a Station Biologist, a Program Associate, and a Resident Facilities Manager), leadership to support research based at Itasca, leadership to improve Itasca facilities, coordination of Itasca field biology summer courses and contributions to community engagement activities. The director resides at Itasca during the summer.

Research (40%) - The successful candidate will have a strong externally-funded research program and will mentor undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The University of Minnesota provides opportunities for collaboration between researchers in all disciplines, and involvement in several excellent graduate programs. Preference will be given to candidates who could include activities at Itasca in their research program.

Teaching (30%) - Teaching responsibilities will be split between the "Nature of Life" freshman orientation course for CBS students at Itasca and courses offered on the Twin Cities campus within the candidate's area of expertise.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Biology or a related discipline
  • Strong record of publication, mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students, externally-funded research, and excellence in teaching
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in administration
  • Experience in stakeholder/community engagement
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in communicating with diverse audiences
  • Evidence of commitment to equity and diversity
  • Experience conducting research and/or teaching courses at field stations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in Field Station administration
  • Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively, and productively with other scientists

Application Materials Required

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Names/Contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation will be requested after the pool has been evaluated)
  • Statement of Vision for the Itasca station (maximum of three pages)
  • Statement of Research Interests (maximum of three pages)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy (maximum of one page)
Questions regarding this position should be directed to John Ward (jward@umn.edu).

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online.

  1. Got to http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs
  2. Search Job ID# 314563

After you submit the application (including cover letter and CV attachments), please select your application and navigate to the “My Activities” page to submit the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Names/Contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation will be requested after the pool has been evaluated)
  • Statement of Vision for the Itasca station (maximum of three pages)
  • Statement of Research Interests (maximum of three pages)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy (maximum of one page)

Full consideration will be given to applications received by February 1, 2017.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Laura Domine (ibsl@umn.edu).

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu(link sends 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.