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Founding Director - Center for Inflammation Science

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Minnesota, Minneapolis
Jul 02, 2024
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About the Job

The Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology and the University of Minnesota Medical School is seeking an outstanding, tenured faculty member as Director and Co-Director of the Center for Inflammation Science.

We seek exceptional faculty candidates with established research programs in the study of inflammation in health and disease, from an integrative molecular to systems physiology perspective. Areas of particular interest include sterile inflammation and innate and adaptive immunology as related to the cardiovascular system, muscle, metabolism, diabetes, obesity, stress and related fields. The Director will lead the Center and articulate the vision, mission and integration of the center within the exceptional academic medical center framework. The Director will be given substantial resources to recruit additional tenure-track faculty members to further grow and strengthen the network of faculty studying inflammation in health and disease, including leading the development of NIH programmatic and center grant initiatives.

The director will be conferred as the Bacaner Endowed Chair in Physiology. Substantial resources, with state-of-the-art research space, is committed to this effort. Successful candidates will have an established and innovative research program that embraces biological complexity and physiology from molecular building blocks to the living organism and human disease.

The Department is an integral component of outstanding Institutes/Centers including the Center for Immunology, Lillehei Heart Institute, Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, Institute for the Biology of Aging and Metabolism, Masonic Cancer Center, and Medical Discovery teams, with exceptional on-site research core facilities including the Physiology Core, University Imaging Center, Mouse Genetics Laboratory, and many others. There are also several active and relevant training grant (T32) programs that offer pre- and post-doctoral support for training students and fellows in several areas, including obesity/diabetes, aging, muscle biology and cardiology. Additional information about the department can be found at https://med.umn.edu/physiology.


Applicants must have a strong record of research accomplishments, as documented by publications in leading peer-reviewed journals along with an outstanding record of extramural funding. Minimum requirements are a PhD, MD or MD/PhD with tenure at an academic research institution.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach additional documents.

A complete application must include an uploaded letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and statement of programmatic and research goals. Please also arrange to have three (3) letters of recommendation sent to jotto@umn.edu or Search Committee, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, Medical School, 6-125 Jackson Hall, 321 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Review of applications will begin May 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

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 of Minnesota Medical School is dedicated to providing excellence across our mission - high-quality education for students of all backgrounds; innovative and cutting-edge research and exceptional clinical outcomes that promote health equity. Through a variety of services and programs, we aim to engage everyone in our collective work toward inclusive excellence, promote equity in access to learning, scientific inquiry, care delivery, and celebrate our diversity through cultural experiences and opportunities on and off campus. To read more about our commitments please visit: https://med.umn.edu/odei

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.

Employment Requirements

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.

About the U of M

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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