University of St. Thomas

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Urban Agriculture)

Aug 31, 2017
Sep 30, 2017
University of St. Thomas
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time


The Biology Department at the University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul, MN) invites qualified applicants to apply for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in urban agriculture. This 100% research position is funded by a National Science Foundation grant for a period of two years, and is a unique opportunity to help develop a new research field. The project focuses on quantifying rates of nutrient recycling and loss from compost application in urban gardens, and includes outreach aimed at reducing urban food insecurity. Duties will include conducting field research and laboratory analyses, supervising teams of undergraduate researchers, analyzing and interpreting data, presenting findings at scientific meetings, and publishing results in refereed journals.

This is a contract position that is anticipated to last two years depending on business needs. Potential start dates of late 2017 or early 2018. The anticipated salary for this position is $46,000, depending on qualifications.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in place by the date of hire.

Preferred qualifications: The successful candidate will have a background in agroecology, urban ecology, soil science, hydrology, biogeochemistry, or a related field. We are particularly looking for someone who is creative and thinks systematically, and who is eager to explore how urban agriculture can contribute to sustainability of urban ecosystems. Excellent oral and written communication skills with documented ability to serve as a lead author in publishing manuscripts is required. Experience mentoring undergraduate researchers is desired.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

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The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Special Instructions to Candidates:

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application. Arrange to have three professional reference letters sent to Review of applications will begin on September 1 and continue until the position is filled.


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