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Position Description

Civil Engineering – 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 is the first in a series supported by the Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation for Minnesota’s Economy Initiative (MnDRIVE), which focuses 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 Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota seek applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Bioremediation.

We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in the biological treatment of water (drinking water, surface water, groundwater, or wastewater), or resource recovery from waste streams via the application of microbial processes.

The appointment will be a tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor level. The Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering will be the tenure and teaching home for this position. Applicants are expected to have strong core fundamentals that allow them to easily move across disciplinary boundaries and become involved in Institute, department, university, and national interdisciplinary research opportunities. A successful applicant will complement the current University of Minnesota strengths in water, wastewater, and soils research, and programs including the BioTechnology Institute, the Water Resources Center, and the Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will develop a strong externally funded research program in basic and/or applied aspects of microbiologically based treatment and processes. Successful candidates are also expected to pursue a scholarly, innovative teaching program and advise undergraduate and graduate students. This interdisciplinary research cluster provides opportunities for collaboration across the University of Minnesota campus. Successful candidates will have access to students in multiple graduate and professional programs.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. at the time of the appointment
  • A strong record of, or potential in, scholarly research in disciplines related to the position
  • Demonstrated or excellent potential to initiate and sustain a strong research program in the field of microbiologically based treatment and processes that translates to Minnesota’s environment and industries
Desired Qualifications
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences
  • Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively and productively with other scientists
Materials Required
  • Letter of intent
  • CV with a list of publications
  • Statement of teaching and research interests
  • Complete contact information for three references
Applications must be completed online at:
The review of applications will begin December 1, 2013. Applications will continue to be accepted until the positions are filled. Expected appointment is Fall 2014.
Questions about this position may be directed to Professor Paige Novak at

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; 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.

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.