Assistant Professor Biomass Degradation/Preservation – University of Minnesota

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, a multidisciplinary department
composed of engineers and scientists, is seeking a suitable candidate to fill a 9-month tenure track
faculty position in biological degradation of bio-based materials and bioresources with
50% research and 50% teaching responsibilities. This department integrates engineering,
science, technology, and management for sustainable use of renewable resources and
enhancement of the environment.

Teaching responsibilities will include both undergraduate and graduate courses in bioproducts
and biosystems engineering, sustainable systems management, and environmental sciences;
course topics include the influence of organisms such as fungi, bacteria, and insects on the
biodegradation of bio-based products and effective approaches to their preservation,
bioremediation, environmental microbiology and industrial biotechnology. Courses will serve a
diverse body of students.
The successful candidate will develop a strong, extramurally-funded research program involving
fundamental science and applications of microbiology (including bacterial and fungal biology)
related to the biological degradation and protection of bio-based materials and bioresources.

Required Qualifications
Ph.D. in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Forest Products, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering,
Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, Mycology, Wood Science, Plant Pathology, or related
disciplines with demonstrated experience/background in biological degradation of bio-based
materials and bioresources. Applicants should have a strong publication record in relation to
biodegradation/preservation of bio-based materials, and evidence of the potential to initiate
and sustain a strong extramurally-funded research program. Ph.D. must be obtained before the
date of appointment.
Preferred Qualifications
The successful candidate is expected to excel in research, teaching and outreach and contribute
to the overall success and mission of the department, college and the university. Candidates
should have a proven track record for interacting collaboratively with scientists and engineers
across various disciplines, and with external stakeholders within related industries. Postdoctoral
experience beyond the PhD. Demonstrated experience in obtaining external funding. Evidence
of innovative and effective approaches to teaching diverse audiences at both the
undergraduate and graduate level. Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills
and the proven ability to support the University’s commitment to equity and diversity.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The University’s
outstanding fringe benefits package includes participation in the University’s faculty retirement
program; group life, medical, and dental insurance plans; and sabbatical, semester, and
parental leave opportunities. Detailed benefits information is available at:

Application Instructions
Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, 2-3 page statement of
research plans and experience, 1-2 page statement of teaching experience and philosophy, the
names and contact information for three references, and a brief statement (up to one page)
describing interest, experience with, and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness to the
online application system described below. Review of applications will begin December 15th
and continue until the position is filled. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
the chair of the search committee, Dr. Brett Barney, at or 612-626-8751.
Please apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System:, Job ID 327170.

Please visit the following links to learn more about the Department of Bioproducts and
Biosystems Engineering, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural
Resource Sciences, and the College of Science and Engineering,

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.
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

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