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Assistant Professor in Cell and Development Biology

University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota, US
Closing date
May 15, 2022

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Academic / Research
Genetics, Biology
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Full time
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About the Job

Assistant Professor in Cell and Development Biology

The Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development (GCD) at the University of Minnesota - Twin-Cities has two tenure-track openings at the Assistant Professor level. We seek applicants in the broad area of cellular & developmental biology. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research programs combine approaches from biology and engineering disciplines and utilize emerging technologies to study cellular and developmental processes and how they go awry in disease.

Research topics of interest include, but are not limited to, a study of the biophysical mechanisms that guide cell shape change and collective movements during development, metabolic control of developmental processes, matrix-cell interactions during gastrulation or organ formation, and the cell biology of signal transmission and reception in developing systems. Individuals studying systems principles such as self-organization, cellular decision making, or cellular cooperation, as applied to translational medicine (cell therapy, organ development, or understanding the role of tissue structure in disease etiology) are also encouraged to apply.

GCD is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary department with outstanding faculty expertise in genetics, cellular biophysics, and developmental biology. GCD faculty span the Medical School and the College of Biological Sciences and have access to excellent core facilities, an interdisciplinary environment integrated with translational research, engineering and computational expertise, and life sciences research across scales from atoms to organisms. GCD is centered in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, which consistently ranks as one of the top places to live in the U.S. and is a hub for biotech and biopharmaceutical companies.


Applicants are expected to have an outstanding track-record of academic excellence with the drive to establish strong extramurally-funded research programs, including both independent and collaborative lines of investigation. Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. or an M.D./Ph.D. degree and must be able to demonstrate authorization to work in the United States at the University of Minnesota by the start date.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. Please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. Interested candidates should upload their CV, a cover letter, research statement (3-5 pages), teaching statement: outlining goals, methods, and assessment of teaching (1 page), a statement demonstrating knowledge and commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion in higher education (1 page), and a list of three references through the employment site.

Informal inquiries to search committee co-chairs Michael O'Connor ( and Daniel Schmidt ( are welcome. For issues with application submission, please contact Liz Skogerboe ( Review of applicants will begin on November 1, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the critical importance of diversity and inclusion in supporting the academic mission. The University serves a growing community of diverse students and is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing underrepresented groups and describe their experience and plans to promote equity and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, and research.

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. To learn more about diversity at the U: .

Employment Requirements

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.

All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to report complete vaccination against COVID-19 or submit documentation requesting a medical or religious exemption on their first day of employment. To learn more, please visit the University's .

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.
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