University of Minnesota: Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Associate

College of Biological Sciences (CBS)

Understanding and predicting the behavior of complex biological systems requires a framework that can integrate across levels of biological organization, can capture nonlinear feedbacks in dynamical systems, and can incorporate and facilitate mechanistic understanding. This is the challenge of the future of biology. Meeting this challenge requires a multidisciplinary approach that relies heavily on innovations in quantitative fields such as mathematics, computer science, statistics, and engineering. It also requires strong integration (or re-integration) of molecular biology with organismal biology. Meeting the food, water, and energy needs of a growing human population, while minimizing adverse impacts of habitat alteration, climate change, invasive species, overexploitation, and pollution on human health and ecological systems - operate at scales from molecules to ecosystems, and there is a pressing need to develop the science that can cross these scales. The University of Minnesota (UMN) is developing research and curricular initiatives focused on addressing grand challenges, and this program is part of CBS' contribution to the university-wide programs.

Program Aims

The overall aim of the Grand Challenges in Biology (GCB) Postdoctoral Program is to stimulate synergistic interactions between faculty and postdoctoral associates interested in collaborating on multidisciplinary research that addresses societally relevant problems. Postdoctoral projects are for two years (assuming satisfactory progress toward research goals in year one). Postdoctoral associates will be encouraged to participate in grant proposal development workshops and other professional development activities offered at UMN and CBS and are permitted to serve as Principal Investigators on grant proposals. While in residence, the postdoctoral associates will be expected to be visible members of CBS, actively engaging with faculty, undergraduate- and graduate students and contributing to furthering the collaborative culture of CBS.

The expected salary will be $48,500 plus benefits. In addition, the postdoctoral scholar will receive $5,000 per year for research supplies and research-related travel. It is expected that necessary office and laboratory space, access to large equipment and any other research needs will be provided by faculty advisors.

For further information or to apply, please visit the University of Minnesota Job Board and search for job ID 327711.

Application Deadline: 1 February, 2019

Position Start Date: May - August, 2019 (specific date negotiable)


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last updated 6-Dec-2018