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Post-Doctoral Associate (Genomics & Population Genetics)

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Minnesota, Minneapolis
May 15, 2024
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Post-Doctoral Associate
Job Code: 9546
Percent Time: 100%
Anticipated Initial Appointment Period: 1 year (annually renewable)

Position Summary:
Post-Doctoral Associates conduct research and/or service that provides further development of career skills or allows them opportunities to learn new research techniques. They are trained by and work in conjunction with a faculty mentor who determines the training agenda.

Positions are limited to a period of three to five years, depending on training needs. Post-Doctoral Associates are receiving training while also performing services for the University of Minnesota, for which they are compensated.

We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate in the area of genomics and population genetics. The successful candidate will examine the genomic and nucleotide sequence-level effects of biotech treatments, including mutagens, tissue culture, and targeted genetic modifications (CRISPR) in soybean. There will be potential to contribute to related research projects in the host labs.

There are opportunities to improve your biocomputing skills through tutorials hosted by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute and local Software Carpentry workshops. There are several faculty members on the St. Paul campus with research programs in genomics (including Candy Hirsch, Gary Muehlbauer, and Ruth Shaw) and evolutionary genetics (including Yaniv Brandvain, Suzanne McGaugh David Moeller, and Peter Tiffin).

Note: These are not positions to which permanent residency can be granted for international appointees.

Job Duties:
(75%) Biocomputing analysis
(15%) Molecular biology, including PCR
(10%) Plant care, greenhouse work


Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in evolutionary, population, or quantitative genetics, plant breeding, or related field. Individual may be immediate post-degree or returning for additional training, updating, and/or retooling. Limited to fields for which post-degree training is necessary for career entry.

Preferred Qualifications: Proficiency in UNIX shell, Python, or other programming languages is preferred. A demonstrated ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals is preferred. Basic molecular biology skills, including DNA extraction and PCR, are preferred.

About the Department

This position is in the Morrell Lab within the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences on the St. Paul, MN campus.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. This position requires that you attach: a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV).

The review of applications will begin on June 10, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

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

HIRING CONTACTS: Drs. Peter Morrell (pmorrell@umn.edu) and Robert Stupar (stup0004@umn.edu)


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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: http://diversity.umn.edu.

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.

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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