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Post-Doctoral Associate

University of Minnesota
United States, Minnesota, Saint Paul
June 18, 2022
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Twin Cities

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Full/Part Time




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Acad Prof and Admin

About the Job

University of Minnesota, Department of Orthopedic Surgery post-doctoral research fellow

This position will provide great experience in an academic orthopaedic surgery department with the mission of performing scholarly investigations while providing superior patient care and concurrently educating future surgeons.

Learn the research process at a large institution from experienced orthopedic researchers.

  • Gain experience in in the surgical suite during orthopedic surgeries.
  • Organize and participate in the development of scientific manuscripts, which could lead to authorship credits.


  • Managing broad aspects of data collection in the surgical suite for research projects
  • Assisting in statistical analyses and manuscript preparation and writing. Tracking and completing submissions for conference presentations (oral and poster), manuscript submissions (both initial and revision submissions).
  • Under the supervision of the PI and Resident Research Coordinator, the candidate will perform and assist with various research projects related to musculoskeletal tumors, joint replacement surgery, osteonecrosis, prosthetic joint infections, and artificial intelligence/machine learning. Working with other surgeon trainees (students, residents, and/or fellows) on team projects.
  • Maintaining proper training credentials pertaining to research projects, i.e, Responsible Conduct of Research training, CITI training, etc.
  • Submission and maintenance of IRB approval and certification


Required Qualifications:

  • This position is designed for a MD or PhD post-doc (preferred) with an interest in performing research projects and publishing the results of these scholarly investigations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience and understanding of musculoskeletal diseases, tumors and disorders and the concepts of surgical care involved. In particular, knowledge in the fields of musculoskeletal tumors, joint replacement surgery, osteonecrosis, prosthetic joint infections, and artificial intelligence/machine learning.
  • Prior experience with performing research projects in terms of data abstraction and gathering, database maintenance, statistical methods and data analysis, and institutional review board (IRB) requirements
  • Prior experience with the peer reviewed process for publications in terms of scientific writing, the ability to support the development and execution of clinical and/or biomechanical study protocols, including an understanding of statistical analysis and publication of scientific research results
  • The ability to learn and understand how to navigate and find necessary data within an electronic medical record, perform radiographic image measurements, etc.
  • An understanding of anatomy, in particular musculoskeletal anatomy.

About the Department

To learn more about the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, please visit: .

The University of Minnesota is located in the heart of Minneapolis, MN. UMN ranks No. 8 in research among all U.S. public universities and is ranked by Forbes as one of the 10 best educational employers in the nation. Minneapolis is ranked by Forbes as the most innovative city and is home to numerous biomedical companies (e.g., Medtronic, R&D Systems, 3M, Honeywell).


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 requires that you attach:

1. Current curriculum vitae and bibliography
2. Three letters of recommendation, signed, on letterhead, describing:

  • Relationship to the applicant.
  • Past work/academic performance.
  • Work qualities/personal conduct.
  • Overall assessment of potential for success in research environment.

3. Doctoral degree certification, if applicable:

  • Original or notarized copy of diploma or final transcript issued by school (English translation required).

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.

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:

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.