Summary of Position
The Undergraduate Research Coordinator leverages their scientific expertise to manage student involvement in biological sciences undergraduate research. Through coaching, developing workshops, and serving as a point of contact for both students and faculty, the Coordinator helps CBS undergraduate students navigate experiential learning opportunities relating to the biological sciences. In addition, the Coordinator facilitates the internship process and prepares students for the graduate school process and work in biology-related professions.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
50% Student Support and Coaching
Coach and support CBS students pursuing undergraduate research, internships, and applications to graduate school
- Provide support to CBS students through individual and group appointments related to undergraduate research, graduate school and internships
- Guide CBS students as they initiate contact with faculty members and navigate the process for participating in undergraduate research (Examples include, but are not limited to, directed research for credit, summer research programs, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), paid employment, and internships.)
- Coach students to articulate the skills they gain through research
- Advise students on the preparation of application materials, including appropriate referrals to on-campus resources for application development (for Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program awards, summer research internships, etc.)
- Advise students throughout the internship search process and develop supporting educational materials
- Prompt reflection for a student’s motivation to pursue graduate education and assist students in the application process
- Review personal statements and resumes to provide feedback on content, clarity, flow, and overall quality
- Conduct mock interviews with students and provide feedback intended to improve performance
- Establish collaborative relationships with faculty who are interested in mentoring undergraduate research projects
20% Student Program Development and Management
Design and develop programming opportunities to increase student awareness of and preparation for undergraduate and post-graduate opportunities in biological sciences research, internships, and graduate education
- Teach one section of 10-15 students in the CBS internship course each semester, (BIOL 3610- Internship: Professional Experience in Biological Sciences)
- Coordinate and maintain the online contract system and course enrollment process for directed research and internship courses
- Serve as clearinghouse for CBS undergraduate research participation, analyzing individual student information and trends in student participation
- Manage the CBS Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) review process and serve as a liaison to the University of Minnesota Office of Undergraduate Research
20% Employer Relations
Serves as conduit for developing relationships with faculty, employers, and graduate school recruiters in the biological sciences
- Engage existing and prospective employer contacts to expand internship, job shadowing, site visits, and full-time opportunities in the biological sciences
- Guide employers and students in developing learning outcomes that are appropriate for a productive internship experience
- Serve as the internship coordinator responsible for preparing students for the search process and coaching them on employer expectations
- Assist employers in developing effective recruitment strategies
- Cultivate relationships with alumni, faculty, staff, and students to educate stakeholders on industry and job trends
10% Professional Development & Service
Engage in professional development and service activities within the University of Minnesota community and beyond
- Continue scholarly and professional development to maintain knowledge of trends and best practices
- Serve on Student Services, College, and University-wide committees as requested
The position can be found on the U of M employment website by entering the Job ID 315359 into the keyword search function. Directions for applying can be found here: http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs
Minimum starting salary of $41,500- $ 45,000 dependent on previous experience.
- The job posting will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting March 1st.
- Letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date.
The University of Minnesota has a wide array of benefits available as a professional and administrative employee, such as:
- University paid contribution (10% of your salary) to your retirement account - vested immediately.
- 22 paid vacation days per year, in addition to sick leave and 11 paid holidays.
- Reduced tuition opportunities covering 75% of eligible tuition.
- Excellent and affordable health care benefits.
- Wellness program with opportunity to earn lower health care rates.
- Free disability insurance.
The University of Minnesota shall provide 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.