The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an outstanding expert in urban food systems focused on food microbiology to fill a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will contribute to the FSHN Department’s core areas of food security and safety and integrated food, nutrition, and health. The selected candidate is expected to develop an integrated program that addresses food microbiology issues unique to metropolitan and urban regions. Expertise in food microbiology as related to sustainable food processing, food product development, entrepreneurship, transportation, and waste mitigation is desired. Food microbiology will be the central focus of this position, designed to contribute to the food microbiology core in FSHN and to support emerging collaborations across the College of ACES for research and student education.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally funded and independent research program focused on urban food systems. Emphasis will be on food microbiology in metropolitan regions and urban localities as related to an integrated food system for sustainability. Through collaborations with other faculty, key discoveries will be translated into systems optimization, policy change, and food entrepreneurship. The successful candidate will teach food science courses relevant to their expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels and participate in online instruction at the graduate level. This position will involve research, teaching, and service obligations, including interaction with the University of Illinois Extension.
SYNERGY WITH CAMPUS EXCELLENCE THEMES AND STRENGTHS: This position is aligned with several campus initiatives such as the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, the newly emerging Siebel Center for Design, and the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss. The successful candidate also will be well positioned to collaborate with scientists across campus including in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory.
PROPOSED START DATE AND LOCATION: August 16, 2018; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
APPLICATION PROCESS: This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified and the position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented populations are especially welcome to apply. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter that details suitability for (such as how their research interests will translate to urban food systems) and interest in the position, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for five references. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 1, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please create your candidate profile and upload all required materials at http://go.aces.illinois.edu/UrbanFoodSafety. Only applicants with complete profiles will be considered. Questions regarding process may be directed to Ms. Audra Martin, Office Manager (email@example.com) and the position to Dr. Michael Miller, Associate Professor and Search Committee Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have an earned doctorate in the food and nutrition sciences or related discipline. Evidence of professional promise and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required. Final approval is given by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Cross-training and postdoctoral training in microbiology, plant or crop science, vertical farming, food entrepreneurship, and/or urban planning/design; ability to secure extramural funding; a strong publication record; ability to mentor students; experience in college-level teaching; and engagement in professional associations are desired.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary with benefits and start-up package are commensurate with qualifications.
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