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Tom Hays

Jan 13, 2022, 1:04:44 PMJan 13
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About the Job

Post-Doctoral Researcher Position Available at UMN:
We are currently seeking a postdoctoral/researcher candidate for a leadership role in a Drosophila embryo cryopreservation project between the Hays; and Bischof labs at the University of Minnesota.  Current R21 and non-sponsored funding exists for the position and an R24 grant is being prepared to continue support for up to 5 years.


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This position is expected to involve optimization and scale up of a newly published cryopreservation protocol for Drosophila embryos.  This protocol directly addresses NIH ORIP workshops and recent RFPs to address this important bottleneck in the fly community:.

The position is expected to include extensive collaboration with leading national and international fly labs and the Bloomington stock center to begin dissemination and implementation.  It will also engage with a new NSF Engineering Research Center ( – see below) and industrial partners.  Thus, this position will provide wide-ranging opportunities for training, networking, and mentorship for either tenure- or industry-track career paths.

Desired Expertise: Key areas of expertise for this position includes but are not limited to: cryobiology and cryopreservation; Drosophila genetics, developmental biology and husbandry; a PhD in molecular, cellular or organismal biology.



Qualifications: Candidates are expected to function and communicate effectively as members of a highly collaborative research team(s), which includes mentoring and providing direction to graduate students, junior researchers and staff. Key responsibilities include designing and executing experimental plans to achieve the objectives of existing grants, leading the generation of new grant proposals, authoring and contributing to high-impact publications, and generating patentable technologies. PhDs in Biomedical, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, or Molecular & Cellular Biology or a related field, MDs or MD-PhDs with relevant skills are eligible.




About the Department

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has an internationally recognized faculty, and is part of the College of Science and Engineering, the highly interdisciplinary college of engineering, physical sciences, and mathematics.

ATP-Bio: The NSF Engineering Research Center for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems ( was awarded in September 2020 and will provide funding for at least 5 years. The goal of the Center is to pursue scientific knowledge, technologies, and clinical and laboratory capabilities to store and globally distribute living tissues, organs, and organisms for transplantation and regenerative medicine, biomedical research, conservation of species, and sustainable food sources. ATP-Bio already has over 50 pledged industry partners, and the research opportunities run the gamut from fundamental cryobiology to commercial technology development in collaboration with these partners. The administrative headquarters of ATP-Bio is at the University of Minnesota and John Bischof is the director.


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 be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

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 or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).



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Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to report complete vaccination against COVID-19 or submit documentation requesting a medical or religious exemption on their first day of employment. To learn more, please visit the University's COVID-19 Response webpage.

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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