Disclaimer this post represents MY opinions, NOT those of the University of Minnesota, the Plant Biology Department, or the search committee.
My department (plant biology) at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities is hiring a tenure-track botanist (advert here). Here I’ll tell you about why (tl/dr it’s awesome here), when (tl/dr nov 3oth), and how (tl/dr go to this link, come back to this page when you get confused) to apply.
Why should I apply?The call: This is a great opportunity to nurture a research program in organismal diversity (in this case, botany) by mixing together your personal combination of ‘big data’, collections-based research, ‘omics, developmental biology, physiology etc. Personally, I think that this is a major challenge that lies ahead for the field – how do we use modern technological developments in biological research to address the questions of organismal diversity that got many of us excited to be biologists. You also get to push collections-based research – a focus of current NSF priorities, and curate a cool herbarium.
The Department of Plant Biology: is a great place to conduct integrative research that can help us better understand organismal diversity. While I am focussed on plant evolution (and I have awesome friends in the department that have related interests), other colleagues (and their students/postdocs) have expertise that cover questions from ‘ecosystems to molecules’. This means you get to learn and think broadly about plants!!!!
The College of Biological Science is a lot of fun. I regularly interact with colleagues in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Genetics Cell Biology and Development, and Biology Teaching and Learning (and you may find interesting folks in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics)
The University of Minnesota is a great land-grant school. I have had a lot of fun working with people in different colleges! (especially people in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences)
The location: We have a fantastic mix of an urban campus (Minneapolis) and the feeling of a land grant school (St Paul campus). The twin cities is a diverse and exciting place to live, with great music, food and sports (world-champion minnesota lynx).
How do I apply? This is a bit of a challenge… Start your application from this link. The application submission is somewhat clunky. Follow the instructions to upload your CV and cover letter, then add background info and contact information for references.Somewhat counterintuitively, you will not be able to upload your research and teaching statments until after you hit “Apply’. After hitting “Apply” go to the My Activities tab to upload your research and teaching statements. Honestly, it works! (if you can’t get this to work, send your material to Michael Ouverson ouver005 AT umn.edu)
Good luck with this & the application season!