The Hormel Institute is hiring!

Candidates interested in applying for a position with The Hormel Institute can view current openings below and follow application instructions through University of Minnesota.

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Cryo-EM Program Faculty Director

The Hormel Institute is searching for a Full/Associate Professor level faculty member with a strong track
record of outstanding leadership within relevant research areas, with a Cryo-EM/Cryo-ET focus.

Applicants should possess a proven track record of providing visionary leadership and management,
exceptional strategic thinking skills, passion for and commitment to biomedical research, as well as a
history of securing research funding, building relationships and managing a research unit or core. In
addition, candidates should have experience with new and innovative models of collaboration and
outreach with ethical values that demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

RESPONSIBILITIES

RESEARCH

    • Productive scientist with independent ideas, capable of working across disciplines.
    • Maintain a strong, extramurally funded and collaborative research program that exploits genetic,
      molecular, biophysical, optical, EM, ET, mathematical and/or chemical approaches to advance
      understanding of cell and/or organism function.

TEACHING AND SERVICE

    • The individual will supervise multiple job classifications that include, but are not limited to, Ph.D.
      students, Post-Doctoral Associates, and researchers.
    • Assess work performance of all employees on an on-going annual basis and identify areas of
      improvement through mentorship.
    • Ensure proper onboarding, training, and the setting of expectations for all employees.
    • Set goals for employees ensuring they comply with The Hormel Institute’s mission and vision.
    • Create a collaborative, innovative, and welcoming lab environment.

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • M.D., Ph.D., or M.D/Ph.D. with strong background in biochemistry/biophysics/structural biology.
  • Have an active and internationally visible research program and proven track record using Cryo- ET
    and/or Cryo-EM.
  • Candidates from within the US should have active extramural funding.
  • All candidates should have evidence of a strong publication record in disciplines related to the
    position.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Evidence of the potential to initiate and sustain a strong research program.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences.
  • Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively, and productively with other scientists.
  • Evidence of commitment to teaching and student learning.

Assistant/Associate/Professor Computational Biology Faculty Appointments

Assistant/Associate/Professor Food Science & Nutrition Faculty Appointments

The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota is conducting a cluster hire for full-time Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors to add to our growing biomedical research team. The Hormel Institute’s top focus is to investigate the causes of cancer and other chronic diseases and to identify potential novel targets for prevention and treatment. Research topics of particular interest include Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computational Biology, Mathematical Modeling, and other Quantitative Biology fields. However, we will consider applications from complementary and related fields. Our mission is to conduct research and provide education in the biological sciences with applications in medicine and agriculture. In pursuit of this mission, and as intended by its founders, The Hormel Institute generates fundamental knowledge and disseminates it to the scientific community worldwide. It also serves as a center of technical and educational expertise for the benefit of the Austin community, the surrounding region and the State of Minnesota.
 
Required Qualifications

  • PhD, MD, DVM., and/or other equivalent degrees
  • Strong record of research publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Evidence of high quality training and mentorship activities
  • Demonstrable commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Proven ability to acquire extramural funding
The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota is conducting a cluster hire for full-time Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors to add to our growing biomedical research team. The Hormel Institute’s top focus is to investigate the causes of cancer and other chronic diseases and to identify potential novel targets for prevention and treatment. Research topics of particular interest include food science, nutrition, metabolism, and microbiomes.  However, we will consider applications from complementary and related fields. Our mission is to conduct research and provide education in the biological sciences with applications in medicine and agriculture. In pursuit of this mission, and as intended by its founders, The Hormel Institute generates fundamental knowledge and disseminates it to the scientific community worldwide. It also serves as a center of technical and educational expertise for the benefit of the Austin community, the surrounding region and the State of Minnesota.
 
Required Qualifications
  • PhD, MD, DVM., and/or other equivalent degrees
  • Strong record of research publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Evidence of high quality training and mentorship activities
  • Demonstrable commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Proven ability to acquire extramural funding
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Postdoctoral Associate – Vivek Lab

Postdoctoral Associate – Hoeppner Lab

The Verma Lab at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota is looking to hire a Post-Doctoral Associate. The primary focus of the lab is cancer immunotherapy and immune metabolism. Using cutting edge technology, the lab strives to establish the role of checkpoint inhibition and its interplay with metabolic pathways in the complex tumor microenvironment with an intent to improve the therapeutic outcomes. We are looking to recruit a highly motivated scientist to work on projects related to immune-oncology, cell metabolism and cancer immunotherapy. The ideal candidate will have a strong  background in immunology, cancer biology, basics of cancer immunotherapy and cellular metabolism.

Qualifications

The candidate would be expected to work on multiple aspects of one or more projects at any given time. This will include, but is not limited to, experimental design, implementation and data collection as well as the analysis and dissemination of research data. The individual would be expected to work independently but also to frequently collaborate with other lab members as well as scientists at The Hormel Institute and outside. The candidate would also be expected to help in day to day activities such as ordering supplies and maintaining the mice colony including breeding, weaning and keeping a detailed log of the animal colony.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Immunology, Cancer Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or a related field with hands-on experience in mice handling.
  • Ability to work with primary cell cultures, FACS staining, and data analysis.
  • Besides, strong organization skills, strong written and verbal communication skills in English.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to think and intellectual contribution to the project is a must.
  • Strong background and training in immunology and cancer biology.
  • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques such as protein estimation, western blot analysis, qRTPCR, DNA/RNA isolation would be highly desirable.
  • The candidate must be able to effectively manage research projects with little oversight from the PI.
The Hoeppner lab uses cellular function studies, biochemistry, molecular assays, mouse and zebrafish models, and immunostaining of human specimens to study the molecular basis of human disease to ultimately discover new strategies to improve people’s health, including research that may lead to new ways to combat cancer, cardiovascular disease, and lung injury.

This individual will study the molecular and cellular mechanisms that lung cancer cells use to develop resistance to molecular targeted therapies, such as EGFR inhibitors (Alam…Hoeppner, Oncogene, 2021). Using this new knowledge, we aim to develop innovative approaches to prevent, predict, diagnose, and treat lung cancer. Opportunities also exist in the lab investigating the molecular regulation of vascular permeability, a process that plays a role in the pathology of cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease, retinal conditions, and COVID-19-associated pulmonary edema, sepsis, and acute lung injury (Wang…Hoeppner, Dis Model Mech, 2021).

Responsibilities

  • The position entails working on several projects studying lung cancer using primarily mouse models of cancer, mammalian cell culture, and molecular biology assays, including immunoblotting, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, transcriptional regulation/gene expression analysis, qPCR, cell function assays, and cell transfections.
  • This role works under general supervision and collaborates with the principal investigator to achieve optimal results. If desired, concurrent opportunities also exist to work with zebrafish to study vascular permeability.
  • Participation in the design, implementation and analysis of hypothesis-driven research projects; manuscript preparation; critical review of relevant scientific literature; learning how to train and supervise data collection personnel.
  • Write manuscripts describing their findings to be submitted to peer-reviewed scientific journals for publication. Manuscripts will include reporting of methodology and statistical presentation (graphs, charts, etc.) prepared using software to explain findings. The postdoc will work with mice and learn to manage a mouse colony.
  • Learn to participate in grant writing activities and will be mentored in preparing their own independent postdoctoral grant applications.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D., DDS, DVM, JD, MD or equivalent
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Publication as the first author in peer-reviewed journals
  • Creative, organized and hardworking
  • Willing to train others, and capable of working independently as well as in a team approach

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience using zebrafish models is not required, but applicants with zebrafish experience also are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience working with molecular biology techniques, mammalian cell culture, and mouse models is strongly preferred.
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Postdoctoral Associate – Robinson Lab

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) 2023 Internship

 The Cell Signaling and Tumorigenesis laboratory at the Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, is seeking a talented and motivated postdoctoral fellow with a track record in cancer biology or genetics. We are investigating the mechanisms of tumorigeneses in glioma and the mechanisms of melanoma brain metastasis. We are primarily interested in candidates committed to asking fundamentally essential questions and fearless in trying novel approaches. Qualified candidates should be familiar with the basic tenets of genetics, epigenetics, and cancer biology, PDX, and transgenic mouse models. Candidates with a background in Molecular Genomics (ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, ATAC-seq) are particularly encouraged. The pay scale follows NIH guidelines ($54,835 for fresh Ph.D. with adjustment for more senior candidates). 

Required Qualifications

  • PhD, DPhil, MD
  • The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, as evidenced by at least one first-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Well trained in basic cell and molecular biology methods which includes DNA/RNA manipulation, PCR, QPCR, ELISA, immunodetection, (IHC/IF/western blotting), immunoprecipitation, microscopy, and CRISPRs/siRNA/shRNA
  • Experienced in culturing and maintaining mammalian cells.  
  • Experienced in cell survival/proliferation assays like MTT and colony formation.
  • Experience with ChIP-seq and ATAC-seq 
  • Experience with high-throughput proteomics and genomics data analyses is desirable.
 The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Internship program at The Hormel Institute works with scientists in their respective labs within The Hormel Institute on biomedical research projects. This experience is to help students expand their knowledge of basic research as well as gain first- hand experience learning about equipment and techniques. In addition to lab experiences, students will participate in weekly professional development courses. At the end of the summer, students participate in a presentation and poster session highlighting their summer work and learning.

The salary is $16/hour.

Required Qualifications

  • Registered undergraduate student at a four-year college or university
  • High school diploma or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications

  • Applicant preference is given to those students entering their Junior or Senior year of undergraduate studies

Program Requirements & Benefits

  • Program dates: May 30, 2023 – August 4, 2023 (10 weeks)
  • Paid internship at $16/hour and 40 hours per week
  • Laboratory-based research experience under the guidance of The Hormel Institute scientists that will allow students to apply their knowledge and skills they have acquired in an academic setting to practical hands-on professional development opportunities
  • Deeper understanding of biomedical research
  • Development of research posters and presentations from your own work
  • Opportunity to present your scientific results at the end of the experience at a public event
  • Weekly professional development opportunities outside of the laboratory setting

To Be Considered

Submit:

  • Current resume or CV
  • Past undergraduate school transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Two references
  • Personal essay (one page maximum) describing:
  • Academic and career goals
  • Interest in science education or health and medical research
  • How you will benefit from the SURE internship program
  • What you want to learn or accomplish from this program
  • Any research experience you have had, if applicable
  • Any personal challenges you have faced that have influenced your life and/or academic career

Selection

  • The position will remain open from November 14, 2022 until February 20, 2023. The search committee will begin review of submissions February 21, 2023 and will contact selected interns on February 24, 2023.
  • Housing is available at a low cost to all interns. Scholarship applications will be available to all selected interns for housing needs during the program dates.
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For more information, contact Autumn:

 Autumn Van Ravenhorst
HR Generalist II
vanra015@umn.edu
507-437-9672