Mayo Clinic Research Fellow - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Job in Rochester, Minnesota

Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Specialty: Research

A Life-Changing Career

Position Summary: This position blends aspects of an education partnership with our community with a novel approach to clinical health.

The Integrated Science Education (InSciEd Out) program provides a unique growth opportunity for postdoctoral researchers in translational science.

In partnership with Mayo Clinics Center for Clinical and Translational Science, InSciEd Out works with communities to address the science education pipeline as a context to improved health literacy and health behaviors.

Successful candidates may be currently focussed in a narrow area of the fairly broad preferred capacities.

This is intentional to help fellows grow fully as academics.

The intent is to identify fellows who may further grow to independently coordinate new locations or hubs of the InSciEd Out program.

Currently, we have partners in Minnesota, Illinois, Florida, India, and Ghana.

Responsibilities: Summary of Position

The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with the InSciEdOut program at Mayo Clinic to support teachers’ implementation of the science curriculum developed with the InSciEd Out Team.

The fellow must be willing to travel to collaborating institutions as well as school settings on a regular basis.

Position will report to Chris Pierret at Mayo Clinic, with a mentoring team including Dr.

Stephen Ekker at Mayo Clinic.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities


InSciEd Out Teacher Training

Conduct InSciEd Out training for K-12 teachers during summer months to prepare current and future partner schools for InSciEd Out for curriculum integration.



InSciEd Out Partner Support

Advise on and support implementation of curriculum products from summer teaching trainings into partner K-12 schools; Lead a team of undergraduate and graduate subject matter experts to support teachers and students with newly implemented curriculum.Essential


Research (Clinical)

To design pilot- and full-clinical trials within the context of partner school curriculum to address critical health questions of the school’s community.



Research (Education)

To design and complete qualitative and quantitative research on the progress of the teaching program itself as well as the resultant K-12 curricula.Essential


Fish Facility

Assist in oversight of fish facility



Prepare Results for Presentation

The results of the project will be published in major journals in the field and presented at national and international meetings.

This position will require data compilation and figure preparation that will be incorporated into manuscripts to be written and submitted for publication as well as posters and oral presentations.



Undergraduate Teaching

Preparation will be made to transfer teaching strategies and philosophy to help the fellow transition into an academic role with partner institutions.



Oversight of summer adjunct faculty in support of the internship listed above.

Also supervision of undergraduate and graduate volunteers for partner support.

Finally, supervision of undergraduate work study students.

A Research Fellow at Mayo Clinic is a temporary position intended to provide training and education in research.

Individuals will train in the research program of a Mayo Clinic principal investigator.

Qualified individuals will demonstrate the potential for research as evidenced by their training and peer-reviewed publications and should become competitive for national research grants.

Proof of English proficiency is required for J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars, Professors, Specialists, and Student Interns sponsored by Mayo Clinic.

800146; J2WRTP

Qualifications: Must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a field deemed relevant by the program.

Research Fellow is appropriate for individuals who have completed no more than one prior postdoctoral fellowship, at Mayo Clinic or elsewhere.

Please attach the following required documents at the time of application:

  1. Current curriculum vitae and bibliography

  2. Three letters of recommendation, signed, on letterhead, describing:

  3. Relationship to the applicant.

  4. Past work/academic performance.

  5. Work qualities/personal conduct.

  6. Overall assessment of potential for success in research environment.

  7. Doctoral degree certification, if applicable:

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

Additional Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Individuals with interests in biology, biological research, and undergraduate education

  2. Expertise with using zebrafish a model organism

  3. Previous experience in teaching

  4. Experience working with K-12 teachers.

  5. Participation in a future faculty-training program that emphasizes effective teaching

  6. Demonstrated competency in mentoring/teaching with an understanding of experiential learning

  7. Expertise in community-engaged research methodology, particularly demonstrating experience working with minority and/or underserved populations

  8. Understanding and skill in IRB guidelines and study approval relating to human subject studies with a critical focus on principles and practices of pediatric research

  9. Experience in clinical trial design and implementation

  10. Extensive training and practice in qualitative research methods (i.e focus groups, interviews, survey design).

  11. Development and implementation of novel student metrics

  12. Evidence of collaborative research involving other institutions and commercial partners

  13. History of international research experience

  14. Grounding in education and health behavior theories

  15. Training and experience in STEM education across grades K-12

  16. Ability to orchestrate and lead team members in specific discussion formats (Courageous Conversations, Difficult Dialogue, etc.)

Working Conditions

The postdoctoral fellow will be housed in our CCaTS program and be expected to participate in this group’s meetings, seminars, and workshops.

Recruiter: Kara Schott

Why Mayo Clinic? Mayo Clinic provides the highest quality patient care by placing the needs of the patient first.

We are the largest integrated, not-for-profit medical group practice in the world with approximately 60,000 employees working in a unique environment that brings together the best in patient care, groundbreaking research and innovative medical education.

We offer a highly competitive compensation package, which includes exceptional benefits, and have been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the top 100 “Best Companies to Work For”.

Site Description: Mayo Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a vibrant, friendly city that provides a highly livable environment for more than 34,000 Mayo staff and students.

The city is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life.

Mayo Clinic is an equal opportunity educator and employer (including veterans and persons with disabilities).

Job Posting Number: 74940BR

Research Fellow - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Job