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Assistant Professor

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Natural Resources
Department: Sustainable Biomaterials
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Natural Resources

Job Description

The Packaging Systems & Design program, housed in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech, invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Packaging. This is a full-time, tenure-track, 9-month appointment with primary responsibilities in teaching (50%) and research (50%). The job advertisement can be found at, search for job posting 520416. 

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials values diversity and continually strives to maintain and promote an inclusive learning and research environment that embraces all students, faculty, and staff. We welcome applications from persons identifying with groups underrepresented within our discipline, including but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, people of color, first generation, and underrepresented genders.

We seek a dynamic candidate with research interests in areas of sustainable packaging, including but not limited to, protective- and distribution-packaging design, packaging-manufacturing and -automation, logistics, and supply chains. The selected candidate will complement the current packaging program’s strengths: sustainable packaging materials, unit-load packaging and design, circular economy, protective packaging, and packaging business and marketing.

The ultimate goal of this position is to increase the overall efficiency, resiliency, sustainability, and economic value of packaging in the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. It will expand Virginia Tech’s global influence in this rapidly evolving domain. The selected candidate will be expected to enhance the interdisciplinary program through collaboration with interconnected faculty, partners, and industrial stakeholders and to secure funding from local, national and international sources. Opportunities exist in the following programs for cross-disciplinary collaboration within Virginia Tech, including but not limited to, affiliations with the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design (CPULD), Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII), Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT).

The successful individual is expected to conduct scholarly activities, including but not limited to, research, scholarly publication, service, and teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses as required by the department. Advising and mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students is also required. Service to the Department, College, University and Profession is expected.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in packaging science or a relevant scientific area, including but not limited to, chemical engineering, food science, forest products, industrial system engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, wood science, or related field of study, by the time of appointment.

Demonstrated actions or plans to create and/or contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.

Ability and interest in scholarly activities surrounding the development of teaching lectures, labs, and hands-on experiential learning courses in packaging, and/or closely related content areas.

Ability to perform and collaborate in research with state or federal agencies, foreign governments, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), private industry, or some combination of these groups.

Potential to attract research funding adequate to support an active research program, including graduate students.

Demonstrated ability to publish and communicate research in the peer-reviewed journals and/or conference presentations.

Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the university level; multiple years of teaching experience will be preferred.

Demonstrated record of research, teaching, and mentoring/addressing the needs of under-represented communities, including racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, immigrants, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) individuals.

Postdoctoral research or equivalent experience; particularly in packaging development, evaluation, and testing.

Experience advising and directing the research of undergraduate and/or graduate students.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience.

Review Date

July 6, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Application Process

Application materials should include the following five items: 1) a cover letter (1-page maximum), 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (1-page maximum), 4) a vision statement describing the candidate’s interests, plans, and past experiences that conveys how they meet the teaching and research qualifications for this position (3-page maximum), and 5) contact information for three professional references. All application materials must be submitted electronically, using the online system at, referring to posting 520416. A review of the candidates will begin on July 6, 2022, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. University transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) may be requested after the initial review of applications. 

More information about the department can be found at: Nominations and inquiries should be directed to Dr. Young Teck Kim, Chair of the Search Committee: Packaging Systems and Design, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech, 230C Cheatham Hall (0321), 310 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Phone: 540-231-1156 or email:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Angie Riegel (email: or phone: 540 231-7107) during regular business hours, at least 10 business days prior to any position-related event.


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