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Assistant Professor, Sustainable Food Technology

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Food Science and Technology
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking applicants for a tenure track faculty position in Sustainable Food Technology located in the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST).

Responsibilities: This is a 9-month tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with responsibilities in research and teaching (70% research, 30% teaching). The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong research and teaching program focused on sustainable food technology, with a specific emphasis on protein, carbohydrates, and/or other food ingredients derived from sustainable agricultural systems. The department currently has strengths in food microbiology, food processing/engineering and food chemistry. This position would amplify our current expertise to enhance focus on sustainable food technology, functionality and strive to add value to and increase sustainability of the global food system.

This position is well suited to collaborate within FST and extensively across CALS, especially with Biosystems Engineering (BSE), the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES), as well as across the University (through Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering). The incumbent could collaborate with the Virginia Tech Agricultural Research and Extension Centers (ARECs) across the state and serve as a member of the VT Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture (CAIA) on missions related to providing technological solutions to increase production efficiencies of food and food ingredients, optimize bioactive and/or nutritive sustainable food ingredient incorporation into food matrices; and encourage sustainable practices in agriculture through research, education and outreach.

The successful candidate will develop a nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program with an emphasis in development and application of novel and sustainable food ingredient technologies in food systems, potentially focused on improving nutritional value of foods and/or development of novel protein sources. Areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to: novel and sustainable food ingredient applications, development of novel and sustainable food ingredients from agricultural and other sources, process engineering approaches to sustainable food ingredient production. Approaches rooted in various disciplines such as food processing, food chemistry, biochemistry, industrial microbiology and biotechnology, and separations science and engineering and other novel perspectives are welcome to apply. The individual is also expected to develop and sustain relationships with industry leaders in sustainable and novel food ingredient development and application.

The individual is expected to develop and teach an undergraduate sustainable food technology course and to contribute to teaching in other ways as appropriate. The individual will mentor graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) and undergraduate students and will be expected to serve on department, college and university committees, as well as through appropriate professional organizations.

Required Qualifications

1) a Ph.D. in food science & technology, food engineering, agricultural and biological engineering, plant chemistry or biochemistry, or other related discipline; 2) excellent oral and written communication skills; 3) demonstrated ability to develop and conduct scholarly research; 4) demonstrated ability for teaching in a classroom setting and commitment to quality student education; 5) strong commitment to create an environment that fosters diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

1) demonstrated ability to write competitive research proposals, 2) post-doctoral or industry research experience, 3) demonstrated ability to develop and sustain relationships with industry partners, 4) familiarity with food ingredient and food product regulations, and 5) expertise in ingredient science, intermolecular food systems and properties of food

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$85,000 - 100,000

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

To apply please submit your application, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and a statement of teaching philosophy. In addition, we request a one-page statement describing candidates’ commitments to promoting diversity and working in a multicultural environment. Applicants should provide a list of three references and their contact information in their application.


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.

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