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Position Description

Microbial Biochemistry and Biotechnology for Bioremediation

The University of Minnesota announces hiring for an interdisciplinary research cluster focused on the use of bioremediation to conserve the environment and advance industry. This cluster, the first in a series supported by the Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation for Minnesota’s Economy Initiative (MnDRIVE), is a multi-year partnership between the University and the Minnesota State legislature focused on using scientific discovery and innovation to enhance efficient environmental stewardship and to position the state as a leader in key industries.

To this end, The BioTechnology Institute and the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics seek applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in the area of Microbial Biochemistry and Biotechnology. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in the biodegradation, biocatalysis, catabolic enzymology, and microbial engineering for bioremediation. The appointments will be a 9 month, tenure-track positions at the assistant or associate professor levels. The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics will be the tenure and teaching home.

The BioTechnology Institute is a multidisciplinary research program with faculty from basic sciences and engineering. The Institute supports a Bioprocess Pilot Plant with large-scale fermentation, cell processiing, and protein purification capabilities. For more information, see:

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop a strong, externally funded and collaborative research program spanning basic and applied research aspects of bioremediation
  • Develop a strong teaching program for undergraduates and graduate students
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students
  • Engage in appropriate professional and University service.
Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry or related field.
  • Industrial or postdoctoral experience (post-Ph.D. work strongly desired).
  • Strong publication record in microbial biochemistry and biotechnology
  • Demonstrated potential to initiate and sustain a strong research program in areas relevant to this position (biodegradation, biocatalysis, catabolic enzymology, and microbial engineering for bioremediation)
  • Demonstrated or strong research potential for research that translates to Minnesota’s environment and industries
Materials Required
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statements of research and teaching interests
  • Arrange to have sent three letters of recommendation that consider both teaching and research potential
Applications must be completed online at:
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

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.

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.