Faculty Hires

Global Food Venture Faculty Position - Assistant/Associate or Full Professor - Tenure Track

VBS Outstanding Teacher - Dr. Burton

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. 


Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. degree in microbiology, virology or a related field relevant to this faculty position and a record of primary research publications in highly-ranked scientific journals. 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.

Desired qualifications: 
D.V.M. degree from an accredited veterinary medical institution.  Documented abilities to (1) develop and sustain a research program of excellence with extramural funding support, (2) work within and be able to form effective scholarly teams capable of responding to emerging, zoonotic infectious disease in food-producing animal species or microbial threats to food safety, and (3) contribute in finding effective solutions to workforce needs in Minnesota food and feed industries.

ABOUT THE TWIN CITIES: The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are one of the country’s most desirable places to live and Minneapolis has been rated as the healthiest city in the nation.  It is cultural center that is world-renowned for theater, music, major and minor league sports, zoos, museums and fine dining, and hosts many institutions of higher education and state government, as well as a thriving and diverse business climate, which includes major agricultural and life sciences corporations. As a major metropolitan area, the Cities are linked by light rail and an extensive bicycling system. The international airport directly connects to the metropolitan area to most major cities in the world. Home of the best park system in the nation, outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, swimming, boating and fishing are readily available in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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.