Job TitleFood Science & Nutrition Cluster Faculty Hire
Position TypeFull Time
Job Category Faculty
Salary Range $ $85,000-$250,000
Location Austin, MN US
Application Deadline December 31, 2022
Contact Name Minda Anderson
Department Human Resources Manager
Phone US +1 (507) 437-9306
To apply for this job please visit hr.myu.umn.edu.
The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota is conducting a cluster hire for full-time Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors to add to our growing biomedical research team. The Hormel Institute’s top focus is to investigate the causes of cancer and other chronic diseases and to identify potential novel targets for prevention and treatment. Research topics of particular interest include food science, nutrition, metabolism, and microbiomes. However, we will consider applications from complementary and related fields. Our mission is to conduct research and provide education in the biological sciences with applications in medicine and agriculture. In pursuit of this mission, and as intended by its founders, The Hormel Institute generates fundamental knowledge and disseminates it to the scientific community worldwide. It also serves as a center of technical and educational expertise for the benefit of the Austin community, the surrounding region and the State of Minnesota.
The Institute is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and
staff committed to working and growing a diverse environment. Hence, we strongly encourage
applications from historically marginalized groups in science, including women. We are looking
for individuals who thrive in a creative, innovative team science environment, with ethical values that demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
80% – RESEARCH
•Be a productive scientist with independent, innovative ideas, willing and able to work
collaboratively across disciplines.
•Build and/or maintain a strong, extramurally funded collaborative research program to advance our understanding of cell and/or organism function.
•Engage in creative research and imaginative scientific discovery.
•Continue professional growth within the scientific community, keep current with the field, and broaden knowledge and expertise.
10% – SERVICE
•Provide service through participation in governance, committees, boards at the Institute, University, scientific community, and/or local community.
•Participation in individual or group DEI development and/or inclusive culture seminars, workshops, and activities.
•Contribute to outreach activities in the local community.
10% – MENTORING, TEACHING, AND SUPERVISION
•Create a collaborative, innovative, and welcoming lab environment focusing on mentoring, training, and education.
•Ensure onboarding, training, and expectations are set for all employees in your lab,
ensuring compliance with the Institute’s mission and vision.
•Annually assess lab employees’ work performance and identify improvement areas
•PhD, MD, DVM, and/or other equivalent degrees
•Strong record of research publications in peer-reviewed journals
•Evidence of high quality training and mentorship activities
•Demonstrable commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
•Proven ability to acquire extramural funding
Please submit ALL of the following for consideration as an applicant:
1. Cover Letter
2. CV and/or Biosketch
3. Diversity Statement
4. Research Statement
This recruitment round will be closed on December 31st, 2022 and the search committee will begin to reach out to candidates in early 2023.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please go to
To request an accommodation during the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE INSTITUTE AND COMMUNITY
The Hormel Institute is an independent biomedical research institute within the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research. The University of Minnesota has $1.1 billion research and development budget, is ranked very high research (R1) by the Carnegie Foundation and ranks among the top 10 public research universities in the USA. The Hormel Institute was established in 1942 and is celebrating 80 years of innovative research excellence. Our vision statement for driving discovery is “We inspire discoveries that improve and extend human life.” The Hormel Institute’s research is focused primarily on cancer research and other chronic diseases. We are in a stage of accelerated growth, after tripling in size in 2008 and again doubling in size in 2016, providing spacious new state-of-the-art wet and dry laboratories for our recruits.
The Hormel Institute scientists have private access to numerous cutting-edge technologies in core facilities that support animal, cell, and molecular biology as well as biochemistry and biophysics experimentation beyond the individual labs. Some examples include FACS Cell Sorting, Confocal Microscopy, Flow Cytometry, Protein Crystallography Robotics, Rigaku 007 microfocus X-ray diffraction system, and nano-HPLC-AB SCIEX triple TOF 5600 mass spectrometry. Access also is provided to IVIS live animal imaging, Leica tissue Processor, Embedder and Microtome, tissue microdissection, real-time PCR instrumentation, and Odyssey Infrared Imaging System, Spectrophotometers, Fluorometers (Horiba SPEX FluoroLog 3), Surface Plasmon Resonance (Biacore T200 system) and Gel/Western Blot Imagers.
To augment the laboratory core facilities, The Hormel Institute offers excellent computation support for users via the Research Computing and IT group (RCIT). The Institute has a centralized data center with dedicated cooling and UPS power backup. The Institute provides high-performance storage that meets the most stringent needs of researchers for high-performance computing and tape archival storage for long-term data retention. The Institute offers state=of-the- art CPU and GPU resources for batch processing of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics workloads. In addition to hardware, RCIT staff provide expertise in Linux, open-source software, parallel computing, and interactive computing.
All faculty are supported through institutional services for grant submission, scientific editing, financial and laboratory management. We are committed to ensuring the career success of all employees, providing individualized career support and mentoring for junior faculty.
We are conveniently located 35 minutes from Rochester, MN, and 1.5 hours south of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.
Austin is a small yet diverse and progressive community of more than 25,000 with excellent public schools, a vibrant arts community, and an abundance of attractions and recreation. Home of Hormel Foods, a Fortune 500 company, living in Austin allows you to enjoy the perks and conveniences of small town living while still having access to many of the amenities a larger city has to offer. The public school district serves a highly diverse population of students who speak more than 45 different home languages. Austin Public Schools has a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Math) curriculum and also offers Gifted and Talented programming to enrich students’ educational experiences at all grade levels. Austin, MN boasts a new YMCA recreational facility, Nature Center, hundreds of outdoor bike trails, and a symphony orchestra. Austin also has numerous community events, busy restaurants and shops. This allows professionals to enjoy their days off as much as their day in the research laboratory. Austin is the perfect mix of comfort and adventure.
The Hormel Institute offers a housing partnership with Science Park which has one- and two-bedroom apartments located just steps away from The Hormel Institute’s doors, as well as weekly seminars, speakers, and collaborative presentation opportunities. You will also enjoy our complimentary gym and wellness room available 24/7.
Alongside our research growth, we are advancing our equity mission to welcome BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, women, and members of other historically marginalized communities into the field of science and research at the Institute, including those who may have had non-traditional career paths or who may have taken time off for family reasons. The Hormel Institute offers nationally competitive salaries and exceptional benefits and cost-of-living within a collaborative, innovative, and nurturing community that supports work and personal environments. We are deeply committed to supporting the work-life balance of our faculty and staff. We hope to welcome you soon where you will contribute to our vision of “inspiring discoveries that improve and extend human life.”
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