Job TitleComputational Biology – Faculty Cluster 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
Phone US +1 (507) 437-9603
To apply for this job please visit hr.umn.edu.
About the Job
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 Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computational Biology, Mathematical Modeling, and other Quantitative Biology fields. 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 through mentorship.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and The Hormel Institute endorses a “work with flexibility” approach that offers a welcoming and flexible work environment where everyone is inspired to do their best. Work location options include working fully remote, partially remote, or entirely in the office and are based on the work of the position. Some on-site work may be necessary for certain positions, even those designated as fully remote.
This position has been designated as OVPR Work Profile One. OVPR Work Profile One is expected to work primarily on-site. Your office will be located at The Hormel Institute in Austin, MN. The Hormel Institute management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangement agreements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.
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
About the Department
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 experi mentation 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 instru mentation, 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.”
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
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**This recruitment round will be closed on December 31, 2022 and the search committee will begin to reach out to candidates in early 2023. **
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