Faculty Hires

Employment Opportunities

Peter Larsen, Roxy Larsen, and Matt Aliota

Open Faculty Positions


Scientists are sought to develop a research program of distinction in an emerging area of microbiology or virology directly relating to biological threats to food-producing animal species. 

Join the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in advancing the health of people and food animals through basic research and training graduate and professional students for the 21st century workforce.

The Department is partnering with the School of Public Health to form innovative research teams investigating emergent issues related to feed and food safety, defense, and supply chain resiliency, and pre-harvest food safety molecular epidemiology.  The open VBS faculty position will provide opportunities to develop collaborative research related to the missions of the Minnesota Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence, the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety and the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy


The Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department educates students in the biomedical sciences; discovers new knowledge about animal and human health and disease through scientific research; translates new knowledge into useful applications; and communicates knowledge to health professionals, animal producers, industry, and scientists.  

Among the nation’s top 10 public research universities, the University of Minnesota is committed to a dynamic research culture that is supported by state-of-the-art core research facilities, including new BSL2 and BSL3 animal facilities, the University Supercomputing Institute, Minnesota Genomics CenterComprehensive Cancer Center and institutional support by Minnesota’s Global Food Ventures, the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Research Signature programs, and the Academic Health Center.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, particularly women and other under-represented minorities, and those with research and teaching experiences in multicultural and multiracial settings. The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity educator and employer and 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. 


Overview: The University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a robust research program aimed at microbiological, epidemiological, and/or environmental investigations related to pre-harvest food safety in food producing animals. This position is supported by the Food Venture initiative.

The Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences houses research clusters in microbiomes and antimicrobial drug resistance; host-pathogen interactions; chronic disease biology; and animal genomics. In addition to the dynamic research environment, the faculty hire will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including small and large animal BSL2 and BSL3 facilities. This particular faculty hire will develop a research program geared toward enhancing outbreak investigative capacities and outbreak investigation tools. Preference will be given to candidates working to provide fundamental knowledge of biological contaminants of food and feed, with particular emphasis on those that can apply knowledge towards mitigation strategies against foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli or Campylobacter to improve food safety for humans and animals.  It is anticipated that the successful candidate will devote 70% effort to research and 30% effort to teaching and outreach activities, and that the faculty member will pursue federally funded grant applications with other food safety colleagues on campus.

Minimum qualifications: The minimum qualifications for this position are a Ph.D. degree, evidence of successful grantsmanship and collaboration, and a record of primary research publications in highly-ranked scientific journals. Candidates with aD.V.M. degree from a veterinary medical institution are preferred. The candidate must be eligible to apply for research funds from the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture and other U.S. federal funding agencies to support a research program of high national and international distinction. Members of underrepresented minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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APPLICATIONS: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the position is filled.  Please apply online by uploading a curriculum vitae, a description of research and career goals and priorities, and the names and contact information of three professional references at job identification number 327490.

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