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Director of the Center for Immunology

Job Description

About the Job

The University of Minnesota Medical School is looking for the next Director of the Center for Immunology.

The Center for Immunology  (CFI) is an interdisciplinary unit at the University of Minnesota Medical School devoted to advancing the field of immunology and educating future immunologists. Our mission is to coordinate and promote efforts in basic immunology research, education, and clinical applications at the University of Minnesota. Located in the recently constructed Wallin Medical Biosciences Building, we are part of the University's Biomedical Discovery District with extensive links to other laboratories in related disciplines. CFI faculty have tenure homes in many different departments and collaborate extensively across the University of Minnesota to drive interdisciplinary scientific discovery in the field of immunology. The CFI is supported by outstanding core facilities, excellent predoctoral and postdoctoral training programs, and a large clinical research enterprise.

The Director of the Center for Immunology will leverage their expertise as a frontrunner in the field of Immunology to promote the Center’s international, national, and local identity by leading a group of existing UMN faculty members and recruiting new faculty members to carry out the Center for Immunology’s mission. The Director will foster an environment of collegiality and collaboration between the Center, the Medical School, and other colleges within the University of Minnesota system with the goal of establishing the Center as a resource for immunology information, research collaboration, and education. Finally, there will be opportunities to engage with industry partners to create scientific collaboration, to work with the University Foundation to garner philanthropic support, and to oversee assignments of laboratory space and allocations of the Center’s budget.


Required Qualifications:

  • PhD, MD, or MD/PhD.
  • Eligible for appointment at the rank of Professor.
  • Outstanding scholarship in immunology research
  • Demonstrated record in faculty, trainee, and student mentorship and teaching.
  • Demonstrated record of leadership and achievement as evidenced by:
    • Excellent track-record of NIH and federal funding.
    • Experience in leading significant single or multi-site research programs.
    • Success in recruiting exceptional research scientists.

About the Department

The University of Minnesota Medical School  is a world-class institution with a long history of leadership and discoveries that have changed the practice of medicine. We engage undergraduates in science and medicine, train medical students, produce PhDs in research, and enrich the experience of post-doctoral students, residents and fellows. Founded in 1888 as the College of Medicine and Surgery, the University of Minnesota Medical School has evolved over time to become a leader in medical education and research.


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

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 of Minnesota Medical School is dedicated to providing excellence across our mission - high-quality education for students of all backgrounds; innovative and cutting-edge research and exceptional clinical outcomes that promote health equity. Through a variety of services and programs, we aim to engage everyone in our collective work toward inclusive excellence, promote equity in access to learning, scientific inquiry, care delivery, and celebrate our diversity through cultural experiences and opportunities on and off campus. Learn more here: https://med.umn.edu/odei

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.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu

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.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:  https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax

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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