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Faculty Positions at the University of Minnesota

Neil Olszewski neil at biosci.cbs.umn.edu
Fri Sep 27 13:55:16 EST 2002

The Department of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota is 
recruiting for faculty to fill positions in the areas of plant 
development and plant genomics (see below).  The positions are 
tenure-track at the level of Assistant Professor, but the search 
committee will consider individuals at a senior level, and encourages 
their applications.

The Department of Plant Biology, which is located on the St. Paul 
campus, is administered jointly by the College of Biological Sciences 
and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.  The 
St. Paul campus provides an excellent environment for plant research, 
with modern facilities and a large community of plant biologists 
located in the Departments of Agronomy and Plant Genetics; Ecology, 
Evolution and Behavior; Horticultural Science; Plant Biology; and 
Plant Pathology.  The close physical proximity of these departments 
and interdisciplinary groups such as the Plant Molecular Genetics 
Institute, Developmental Biology Center and Center for Microbial and 
Plant Genomics foster interactions between scientists located in the 
different departments.  Of particular interest to candidates will be 
the new Microbial and Plant Genomics building, slated for occupancy 
in early 2003.  Additionally, the large community of biologists on 
the Minneapolis Campus is just a few minutes away.  Faculty members 
in the department train graduate students in a number of 
interdepartmental graduate programs including Plant Biological 
Sciences; Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics; 
and Applied Plant Sciences.

The Twin Cities offer a wealth of educational, cultural and 
recreational activities.  In addition, the Twin Cities are in close 
proximity to a number of beautiful natural areas including many state 
parks and wildlife preserves.


The Department of Plant Biology is participating in the University of 
Minnesota's interdisciplinary initiatives in Molecular and Cellular 
Biology and in Evolutionary Biology.  Our current faculty of 24 
includes 10 recent hires in areas of genomics, development, evolution 
and systematics.  The community of developmental biologists at the 
University includes world-class scientists studying plants, worms, 
flies, zebrafish and mice, among other organisms, and provides a 
supportive environment.  Genomics hires will join a large group of 
colleagues working on genomics of crops and plant model systems 
(including Arabidopsis, Chlamydomonas and Medicago), as well as 
growing bioinformatics and microbial genomics communities.  In 
addition, a new building housing scientists working in plant and 
microbial genomics will be completed in early 2003.  All new hires 
will be considered for inclusion in the Plant Molecular Genetics 
Institute and/or the Center for Microbial and Plant Genomics, 
allowing a broader base for interaction at the University.

Positions in Plant Development and Genomics
We seek broadly trained individuals for two to three positions in 
plant development and genomics.  The Department is accepting 
applications for tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant 
Professor, and will also consider outstanding senior scientists at 
the Associate/Full Professor level.  All positions are 100% time, 
academic year appointments.  Candidates' research should investigate 
mechanisms of development or address questions in genome structure, 
function or evolution.  Applications are especially encouraged from 
individuals whose research emphasizes evolutionary approaches to 
understanding development or comparative genomics.  Successful 
candidates will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded 
research program, contribute to the teaching programs of the 
Department, and participate in professional service. Qualifications 
include a Ph.D. or international equivalent in a biological 
discipline and a demonstrated research emphasis in plant 
developmental biology or genomics. Required background includes 
completion of two years of post-doctoral training prior to assuming 
the position and a strong publication record. Successful candidates 
will receive a substantial start-up package and a salary commensurate 
with their experience.

Please send a curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching 
interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Neil 
Olszewski, Chair, Plant Development/Genomics Search Committee, 
Department of Plant Biology, University of Minnesota, 220 BioScience 
Center, 1445 Gortner Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108.  Review of 
applications will begin on November 8, 2002. Expected start date is 
on or after July 1, 2003.  For more information concerning the 
Department of Plant Biology and the positions, please consult: 

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all 
persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and 
employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national 
origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance 
status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
Neil Olszewski
University of Minnesota
Department of Plant Biology
220 Biological Sciences Center
1445 Gortner Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone: 612-625-3129
Fax: 612-625-1738

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