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Post-Doctoral Associate with University of Minnesota in Twin Cities

Type of position Full-time (academic)
Employer University of Minnesota
Description of Employer 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.
Location Twin Cities
Salary $51,000 – $54,000/Year, commensurate with education and work experience
Benefits 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 (https://hr.umn.edu/Employee-Resources/New-Employees/Deciding-Your-Benefits) for more information regarding benefits.

Closing date of competition Screening of applications begins immediately, open until filled
Date position available Immediately (starting date negotiable)
Description of duties

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.

Job Duties:
The successful candidate will conduct weed ecology and management research, work with stakeholders, mentor students, and help manage an extramurally funded research project. Writing research and outreach articles and publishing in peer-reviewed journals and Extension bulletins are expected. The candidate will contribute to securing extramural grant support for the program.

  • 50% – Data analyses and prepare associated manuscripts, reports, and grant proposals
  • 25% – Develop and implement new data collections in the greenhouse and field
  • 10% – Collaborate with other researchers and external partners
  • 10% – Assist and mentor graduate students in the research program
  • 5% – Post-Doctoral Associates devote five percent of their effort to pursuing professional and career development opportunities (e.g., seminars, workshops, and preparing permanent job position applications) outside the scope of their assigned responsibilities.
Qualifications sought
  • Ph.D. in Weed Science, Agronomy, Plant Sciences, or closely related fields. 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.
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills and publication records
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze large datasets to produce publications on weed ecology and integrated weed management
  • Proven ability to work in both independent and collaborative settings
  • Commitment to the work of equity, diversity, inclusion, and a strong cultural competence
Contact for additional information Dr. Debalin Sarangi, [email protected]
Application procedure  
Submit what 1) CV/Resume, 2) Cover Letter, and 3) contact information for 3 professional references
Submit to Applications must be submitted online. https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/354375
Job ID #353164
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.

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Additional Information Diversity
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.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit: https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax