World-class leadership in sexual and gender wellbeing.

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The Eli Coleman Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (formerly the Program in Human Sexuality) is one of the largest clinical, teaching, and research institutions in the world specializing in human sexuality. We have a strong research agenda that has been supported by millions of dollars in state and federal funding, and we have developed innovative and effective treatment approaches to sexual and gender problems. The Institute has led the way nationally and internationally in crucial, often controversial, sexual issues and has worked with local, national, and international health agencies to advance public health policies promoting sexual health.

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Current Openings

Postdoctoral Fellowships at ISGH

Job ID 352513


The Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH) at the University of Minnesota Medical School is inviting applications for three (3) postdoctoral fellows to join a vibrant team of faculty and postdoctoral fellows for a two-year program beginning Fall 2023.

All ISGH fellowships are designed to support a balanced mix of clinical and research training in gender and sexual health care and have three areas of specialized focus: transgender and nonbinary health (child, adolescent, adults, and elders), relationship and sex therapy, and compulsive sexual behavior. Fellows identify a research mentorship team who they work collaboratively with throughout their postdoctoral experience.

All ISGH fellowships meet the postdoctoral licensure requirements for the Minnesota Board of Psychology and are also a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). In addition, fellows have opportunities to work towards certification as a sex therapist by the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

The goals for the Fellowship program, with a combined 60% clinical care/40% research model, are to:


  • Provide up-to-date training in the assessment and treatment of a variety of sexual and gender health concerns
  • Provide education to medical students and family medicine residents on topics such as sex history taking and basic counseling skills for sexual and gender concerns
  • Engage in scholarly activity that advances skills in research design, analysis, writing, and presentation in the area of the various specialized fellowships.

Applicants must have a PhD or PsyD in psychology or marriage and family therapy and be eligible for licensure in the State of Minnesota. We prefer applicants to have experience or an interest in a career that combines clinical and scholarly endeavors in the areas of gender and sexual health. Our fellows enjoy a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a professional travel stipend.

The University of Minnesota recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission, and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information and to apply see:


Contact: Dr. Kristen Mark at kpmark@umn.edu

Research Director (Tenured Faculty)

Job ID 348860


The candidate selected will serve as Director of Research for the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH), and support the development and expansion of research that contributes to the advancement of sexual and gender health. Their own research will complement existing ISGH research priorities, and provide a foundation for sustainable growth.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the ISGH Director and the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health's (DFMCH) Vice Chair for Research, provide leadership in research development and support for ISGH.
  • Support development of future projects and federal funding proposals (e.g., NIH, CDC) with research funded faculty at ISGH.
  • Work with, and mentor, unfunded research faculty and promising fellows to identify research interests, educational needs, and potential sources for grant and contract funding, and promote the submission of competitive research proposals.
  • Collaborate with other researchers within the University of Minnesota and beyond to promote research in key areas of sexual and gender health.
  • Maintain a highly funded personal program of research commensurate with rank.
  • Disseminate research findings through national and international presentations and publications.
  • Support education in research processes and methods to fellows, students, medical residents, and other trainees.
  • Provide psychological, psychiatric, and sexual health patient care, if appropriate to candidate’s background.
  • Serve on committees within ISGH, DFMCH, the Medical School, and/or beyond which are appropriate in relation to the Director of Research role.
  • Support and promote all aspects of ISGH research and the DFMCH Research Program with outside entities, including the research arms of professional societies and granting agencies.

Allocation of time to teaching or clinical responsibilities will be determined, but will include at least 50% research.

Faculty rank and appointment will be commensurate with background and training, and will depend upon approval by the department Promotion and Tenure Committee and the Medical School.

Only applications Submitted with at least two (2) papers published as lead author will be considered.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD, MD, or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • Demonstrated potential for obtaining federal or other peer-reviewed funding relevant to human sexuality or gender health.
  • A clear record demonstrating commitment to equity in clinical and population health.
  • An established track record of scholarly activity including publications and presentations pertaining to human sexuality, and/or trans and gender diverse populations.
  • Evidence of leadership in the research sphere.
  • Evidence of supervising and managing a large research team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with both clinical and community health research.
  • Experience with or knowledge of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods.
  • Experience in clinical teaching, supervision, and/or graduate teaching.
  • Training and experience in areas of ISGH expertise, e.g., sexual dysfunctions/disorders, transgender services, and/or compulsive sexual behavior.
  • Experience in working in an academic health care setting.
  • Clinical experience (medicine, psychology, nursing, or social work) and appropriate licensure eligibility in Minnesota.
  • Clinical training and experience in one or more of the following areas: sexual dysfunctions and disorders, transgender/gender diverse services, and compulsive sexual behavior.

The University of Minnesota recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission, and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Use the link at the top of this posting for more information and to apply.


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 offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Low-cost medical, pharmacy, dental, and disability plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

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University of Minnesota

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.

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School was created more than 50 years ago in response to a legislative mandate to train primary care physicians. Since then, we have been leaders in transforming the specialty through education, research, and patient care. We are the academic sponsor of eight family medicine residencies—five in the Twin Cities, three in Greater Minnesota. We are involved in medical student education activities across the Medical School's two campuses: Twin Cities and Duluth. We sponsor four fellowship programs—sports medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, behavioral medicine, and human sexuality— and offer continuing medical education opportunities. We are regularly among the top National Institutes of Health-funded family medicine departments. Our faculty are actively researching health disparities, healthcare delivery, and population health. 


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.  Click here to learn more about diversity at the U.