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Post-Doctoral Hormel Fellow
University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Date Posted 10/16/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong background and training in biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry or a related field.

  • Extensive experience working with proteins, enzyme assays, and biophysical characterization of biomolecules is preferred.

  • Experience with cell biology, cancer biology, advanced (super-resolution) microscopy, drug discovery and PK/PD would be considered an asset.

  • Strong organization skills as well as strong written and verbal communication skills in English.

  • The candidate must be able to effectively manage research projects with little oversight from the PI.

  • We are particularly interested in a candidate that is enthusiastic, self-motivated, keen to learn, and able to thrive in a highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary research environment.

Post-doctoral position available in the French lab at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota.

The French lab is excited to move to its new home at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota and are looking to recruit a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join our multi-disciplinary team. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in biochemistry, cellular metabolism and the enzymology of metabolic proteins. Experience with the biophysical characterization of proteins, assay development, and advanced microscopy is particularly desired. The lab has a number of NIH- and NSF-funded basic and translational research projects including the characterization of higher order structures of proteins involved in nucleotide metabolism, the identification of novel nucleobase transport proteins, the discovery and development of immunomodulatory inhibitors as drug leads, and mechanistic studies of signal transduction in photoactive proteins. For more information about projects and recent publications, please see the lab webpage at: https://sbufrenchlab.wordpress.com/. This position provides an excellent learning opportunity and access to state of the art resources and facilities, including top-of-the-line instruments for structural biology, cell biology, microscopy and the biophysical characterization of proteins.


The candidate would be expected to work on multiple aspects of one or more projects at any one time. This will include, but is not limited to, experimental design, implementation and data collection as well as the analysis and dissemination of research data. The individual would be expected to work independently but also to frequently collaborate with other lab members as well as scientists at other institutions. As an integral part of our research team, the candidate would be expected to help us to maintain a safe and professional work environment at all times, and to actively participate in regular group meetings.

The Hormel Institute, a biomedical research center of the University of Minnesota, was established in 1942 and has an excellent reputation and long history for producing world-class medical research. The Institute’s research success has resulted in a second major expansion of its research facilities and includes an additional new state-of-the-art laboratory building that opened in January 2016. The Hormel Institute offers its research scientists complete access to state-of-the- art cutting edge equipment that includes a cryo-electron microscope (Titan Krios and Tecnai G2 Spirit Biotwin); FACS cell sorter; confocal microscopy; flow cytometry; protein crystallography robotics and defraction system; nano-HPLC-AB SCIEX triple TOF 5600 mass spectrometry; Leica tissue processor, embedder and microtome; real-time PCR instrumentation; 5 racks of Linux GPU supercomputers for computational biology and bioinformatics; spectrophotometers; and Western blot imagers.


Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

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.

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.

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

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.

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