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Post-Doctoral Associate in the Dept. of Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Minnesota, Saint Paul
Dec 07, 2023
Job ID
Twin Cities
Job Family
Full/Part Time
Job Code
Employee Class
Acad Prof and Admin
About the Job

Position Description

Position Overview:
This position will provide scientific and technical support for the Hua Zhao Research Lab in the Dept. ofBioproducts & Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. The research of the Zhao lab integrates biocatalysis and synthesis tools to convert bioproducts into valuable commodities such as biofuels, biopolymers, and small molecules.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:
70% The primary focus of this postdoctoral associate will carry out biocatalysis in ionic liquids or their solutions to produce small molecules. Major tasks include but are not limited to: customize non-aqueous media such as ionic liquids through multi-step synthesis, evaluate different enzymes and various types of enzymatic reactions, analyze samples using instruments including NMR, HPLC, viscometer, and Karl-Fisher titrator, etc., and maintain laboratory instruments.

20% The postdoc will we expected to lead efforts or collaborate on research reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts for publication and invention disclosures, and participate in seminars national and international conferences when needed. The postdoc will also be invited to participate in, or initiate, further grant proposals to further fund this research.

10% Participation as an active member of the lab, supporting all tasks as needed to support the research team. This includes providing training and mentorship to graduate and undergraduate students in the lab and participation in all activities or meetings organized by the lab, or departmental activities where postdoc participation is required, enforce the laboratory safety.


Required Qualifications:
* Ph.D. in chemistry (with synthesis background), chemical engineering, or related fields
* Strong experience in biocatalysis and multi-step synthesis
* Demonstrated skills in various analytical tools for small molecule characterizations
* Familiar with non-aqueous media such as ionic liquids for biocatalysis
* Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
* Experience with policy dimension analysis
* Experience directly supervising undergraduate and graduate students in preparation and implementation of
research projects
* Experience with publishing peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts

About the Department

To learn more about the department visit: www.bbe.umn.edu


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
  • 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)
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the 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 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.

This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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.

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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.