Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Associate - GEOMICROBIOLOGY

A postdoctoral scholar position is available in the geomicrobiology lab led by Jake Bailey (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Minnesota) to investigate the role of phosphate accumulating bacteria in dental decay. Bacteria may mediate the dissolution of mineral material via polyphosphate accumulation. But the triggers and controls on polyphosphate accumulation in oral taxa remain unexplored. The researcher will investigate these questions using plate-based assays, possibly along with  genetic, bioinformatic, or other molecular biology approaches. The position is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The position term is for one year, but annually renewable for a second year, depending on funding and performance.

The work environment may involve exposure to human salivary fluid and dental plaque as well as potentially dangerous materials including hazardous chemicals and potential Biosafety Level 2 pathogens that require safety precautions and the use of protective equipment.

Our lab welcomes scientists of all backgrounds and strives to include and support those from traditionally marginalized ethnicities or identities.


  • All applicants must have a PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field
  • Expertise in bacterial cultivation is required. Expertise in any of the following is desirable: phenotypic screening using plate-based assays, gene expression analyses (transcriptomics and/or qRT-PCR), genetics, bioinformatics and/or light microscopy. Additionally, candidates who are intellectually inquisitive and are capable of developing and troubleshooting protocols are preferred.

How To Apply

  • Candidates must apply online at UMN's "Find a Job" Site; Job Posting ID Number: 324082.
  • Applications should include: (i) brief cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, and (iii) names and contact information for three references. All materials should be uploaded through the University of Minnesota’s online system. Please contact Dr. Jake Bailey (baileyj@umn.edu) with any questions.
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • Expected start date is June 01, 2021. Other starting dates can be considered.

The University of Minnesota shall provide 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.

Postdoctoral Associate - General Position

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities may have postdoctoral positions available (contingent upon funding) for conducting research with faculty members. This position description is intended to facilitate hiring when positions are available.

Faculty research specialties include, but are not limited to, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology, petrology, structural geology, rock and mineral physics, climate studies, geodynamics, geo(micro)biology, biogeochemistry, paleontology, and tectonics.

Positions may become available during the academic year. Minimum requirements for postdoctoral associate positions are a Ph.D. in physical or biological sciences or allied fields, depending on the specific position available.

Before applying, it is highly recommended that interested persons review faculty research webpages and to contact faculty member(s) directly.  

Candidates must apply online at UMN's "Find a Job" Site; Job Posting ID Number: 331315*; and must submit CV/Resume and a Cover Letter.  Recommended but not required are Statement of Research Interests and Names of Three References. (*See below for instructions on finding the job posting in the employment system.)


*To find the job posting:

  • Click on this link: UMN's "Find a Job" Site
  • Click on the appropriate 'button' for your status (e.g. "External Faculty and Staff Applications")
  • In 'Keywords' - type corresponding JOB POSTING ID NUMBER and hit the SEARCH button
  • Click on the job posting, please read through it in case there are specific instructions, then when you are ready, hit the "Apply" button at the bottom of the page.