University of Minnesota Twin Cities

CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program

College of Biological Sciences


Understanding and predicting the behavior of complex biological systems requires a framework that can integrate across levels of biological organization and incorporate and facilitate mechanistic understanding. These are the stimuli that drive future research in biology. Meeting this challenge requires a multidisciplinary approach that involves strong integration (or re- integration) of molecular biology with organismal biology. In addition, recent innovations in quantitative fields such as mathematics, computer science, statistics, and engineering offer exciting opportunities for novel partnerships. 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 and thereby integrate biological research. The University of Minnesota (UMN) is developing research and curricular initiatives focused on addressing grand challenges, and this program is part of College of Biological Sciences's (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 up to 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 the CBS community, actively engaging with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and contributing to furthering our collaborative culture. 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.

Position Start Date: May – August, 2020 (specific date negotiable)

Application Deadline: 3 February, 2020

For further information or to apply, please visit the University of Minnesota employment site and search job ID 334376.


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Last updated: 2020-01-24