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Post-Doctoral Associate

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Minnesota, Minneapolis
May 09, 2024
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About the Job

Primary duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, studies of arenaviruses and influenza viruses and vaccine developments.

90% Research: Planning and performance of complex daily and weekly experiments. The candidate must have the ability to solve problems with experiments and equipment independently and have the desire and ability to provide ongoing intellectual contributions to research program such as exploring new possible approaches to problems or suggesting new interpretation of data. This position requires the candidate to have the ability and assume the responsibility to correctly prepare and execute experiments independently. Proper review and adaptation of scientific literature as directed by the investigator will be required to develop complex scientific procedures and to remain current with continual advances in scientific knowledge. The candidate must have the ability to draft manuscripts and assist with grant writing. Duties may include: culturing and maintaining bacterial stocks and eukaryotic cells; preparation of solutions; preparation of plasmid DNA from bacterial cultures; DNA and RNA preparation; preparation of recombinant viruses; cell transduction; western blots; quantitative RT-PCR; animal (mice and guinea pigs) handling; working with tissues from animals and humans; immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, confocal and light microscopy, and flow cytometry. Duties will also include summarizing, analyzing and interpreting data, drafting manuscripts, assisting with grant writing, statistical analysis, organizing and tabulating data into presentable formats, maintaining a scientific notebook, and presenting results at lab meetings.

10% General laboratory operation and maintenance and supervising others. Ordering supplies, record keeping, equipment maintenance, computer based data entry and analysis, supervision of other lab staff, student workers, and student researchers, and misc duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:
PhD and/or other similar doctoral degree in biological/biomedical sciences and/or veterinary medicine

Must have experience with generation and characterization of recombinant viruses in cell culture and in animals; and skills in genetic engineering, RNA analysis, western blots, protein purification, radioisotope labeling of nucleic acids and proteins, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, and multi-parametric flow cytometry. Must have served as an author on published peer reviewed research papers, and be listed as first author on at least two recent publications. Must be able to occasionally work nights and weekends (most work hours will be during normal business hours).

Preffered Qualification:
Ability to do statistical data analysis and ability to interact with lab personnel at all levels.


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 be given 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.

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


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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