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Bioremediation of Inorganic Nutrients

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), 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 Department of Soil, Water, and Climate (SWAC) and The BioTechnology Institute (BTI) at the University of Minnesota seek applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Bioremediation. This appointment will be 60% in SWAC and 40% in BTI. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in the area of bioremediation of inorganic nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur) in water, wastewater, and soil run-off using bioreactors and other technologies. The appointment will be a 9 month (B-Term), tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor level with duties divided between research (50%) and teaching (50%). Rank will be determined based on qualifications. The Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, located in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences will be the academic and teaching home.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Applicants are expected to have strong core fundamentals that allow them to easily move across disciplinary boundaries and become involved in the Department, Institute, University, and national interdisciplinary research opportunities. A successful candidate will develop an externally funded research program spanning basic and applied research aspects of bioremediation, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and advise undergraduate and graduate students. A successful applicant will also complement the current University of Minnesota strengths in water, wastewater, and soils research, and programs including the Biotechnology Institute, the Water Resources Center, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, Civil Engineering, and the Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. degree and a strong publication record in biodegradation and bioremediation.
  • Expertise in the area of bioremediation of inorganic nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur) in water, wastewater, and soil run-off using bioreactors and other technologies.
  • Postdoctoral or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of commitment to teaching and student learning.
  • Demonstrated or ability to demonstrate strong potential for research that translates to Minnesota's environment and industries.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences.
  • Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively and productively with other scientists.
Materials Required
  • A letter of intent
  • A CV with a list of publications
  • A statement of research and teaching interests
  • Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation that consider both teaching and research potential submitted via email to Dr. Brandy Toner at

In support of our strong commitment to and respect for diversity and cultural competence, finalists invited for interviews will be asked to provide a statement describing interest, experience with, and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

Applications must be completed online at

The review of applications will begin November 15, 2013. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Expected appointment is Fall 2014.

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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. However, a criminal record, the age and time of the offense, the seriousness and nature of the violation, and any rehabilitation will be considered as it relates to your position.