NRRI Post-Doctoral Associate Environmental Engineering

Sep 8, 2022

Job ID: 351461
Location: Duluth
Job Family: Academic
Full-Time, Regular
Job Code 9546
Employee Class: Acad Prof and Admin

About the Job

The Natural Resource Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Environmental Engineering. The postdoc researcher will work primarily with Dr. Chan Lan Chun on a research project on nitrogen cycles coupled with methanogenesis/methanotroph metabolism for developing biological nitrogen treatment. In addition, depending on performance and productivity, the postdoc may be involved in other research projects in environmental microbiology and biotechnology.

The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and will be expected to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences. There will be opportunities to mentor undergraduate and graduate students and contribute to writing grant proposals. The appointment will be for one year with the possibility for multi-year extension depending on job performance and funding availability.

Terms of Employment:
This appointment is a 100%-time, temporary position at last 12 months in duration.

• Conduct fundamental research on nitrogen cycling coupled with methane for development of biological nitrogen treatment system (50%).
• Isotope carbon and nitrogen analysis for batch- and flow-bioreactors (20%).
• Prepares manuscripts and presentations reporting on the results of experiments (20%).
• Assists in the training and supervision of students (10%).


Required Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering, Water Resources, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Extensive experience with biogeochemical cycling in natural and built environment (e.g., anaerobic microbiology, nitrogen cycling, or methanogens/methanotrophs).
• Demonstrated experience in publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers in high quality journals.
• Experience in high-throughput amplicon sequencing, metagenomics, or qPCR analysis.
• Demonstrated experience with project management.
• Experience or strong interest in design and operation of bioreactor system.
• Experience or strong interest in stable isotope analysis.
• Strong communication skills.

About the Department

The Natural Resources Research Institute was established by the Minnesota legislature in 1983 as an applied science and engineering research organization to inform state citizens and decision-makers while leveraging the power of the University of Minnesota. NRRI is guided by the forward-looking charter provided by the Legislature to foster the economic development of Minnesota’s natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment.

NRRI’s mission is to deliver integrated research solutions that value our resources, environment, and economy for a sustainable and resilient future. We are a mission-driven, project-focused team working to create opportunities for natural resource stewardship.
With industrial-scale facilities in Duluth and Coleraine, MN, NRRI works across five strategic research platforms. These platforms address Minnesota’s soil, forest, water, and mineral resources:

1. Applied Ecology and Resource Management
2. Minerals and Metallurgy
3. Materials and Bioeconomy
4. Data Collection and Delivery
5. Commercialization Services


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 Regents Scholarship.
  • 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) opportunity.
  • Financial counseling services. 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost.

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Job open date: 09/07/2022

Job closing date: open until filled, applications will be reviewed immediately.

Applications must be submitted online.

To apply for this position, go to  and search for job opening 351461. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application and attach a resume and cover letter.

Additional documents may be attached after submitting your application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

Complete applications must include:                               

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Current Resume
  3. Contact information for three professional references
  4. Diversity Statement: Please provide a brief personal statement detailing your affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity philosophy. 

 First submit the application with a cover letter and CV/resume.  Then return to the “My Activities” page to attach the additional documents.

 Email application procedure questions to

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

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access Consultant at 612-624-3316.


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