The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University seeks a faculty member with experience and expertise in sensory science and food product development. This position is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term (non-tenure accruing) appointment at the level of Assistant Professor with 40% research, 40% extension, 15% teaching, and 5% service. The position is available on May 16, 2021.
The successful candidate is expected to attract externally funded competitive grants to support their sensory science program and will plan and execute the appropriate sensory tests for food industry, provide analysis and written reports, and schedule and supervise sensory laboratory operations. Priority will be on Michigan plant materials for sensory and product development activities. This person will be responsible for managing and maintaining the sensory facilities (http://www.fshn.msu.edu/facilities/the_food_sensory_laboratory), hiring and supervising student workers, securing external funding to support the sensory program, and publishing research in peer-reviewed journals. Furthermore, this person will be an integral part of the MSU Product Center (http://productcenter.msu.edu/) as their sensory specialist. In addition, this person will teach an undergraduate course (currently FSC 310: Sensory Analysis and Consumer Research), have the ability to advise graduate students, and provide service to the professional and practice communities.
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Sensory Science, Food Science, or a closely related field, good track records in publications and grantsmanship, with a background in food industry preferred. The candidate must also have excellent communication, leadership, and networking skills to be an effective educator and work effectively with the food industry and appropriate agencies. Commitment to high teaching and student mentoring standards is required. A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the ability to work collaboratively across agricultural disciplines is a must.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Michigan State University provides its faculty and academic staff with a variety of benefits, which are among the most competitive in academia. Among the most important are a retirement program, and health, prescription drug, dental, and life insurance coverages (http://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/).
Internal Number: 689396
About Michigan State University
As the pioneer Land Grant University, Michigan State University has strong related programs, and is committed to linking food, water, the environment, animal health, and human health. Its highly collaborative and productive faculty provide a very positive environment for professional growth and program expansion. MSU is a diverse community that provides regional, national, and international leadership in research, excellence in teaching (with an emphasis on international engagement), and a strong extension program that partners with diverse stakeholders to bring science-based responses to social and environmental challenges.
MSU is home to numerous institutionally supported core facilities, providing expertise and equipment in areas including, but not limited to genomics, metabolomics and proteomics; a biosafety level-2 pilot processing facility; large and small animal facilities; histopathology, drug discovery, high resolution in vivo imaging and microscopy.
With over 3100 miles of Great Lake shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes, 51,000 miles of rivers, 1300 miles of bike trails, Michigan (http://www.michigan.org/) is a four-season wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts. Michigan also... boasts a robust local food movement, with over 200 wineries and 200 microbreweries. The MSU campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The region has numerous music and theatre offerings, with an active arts community that includes the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts and the Broad Art Museum.
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. The University proactively upholds the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. MSU is also proactive in exploring employment opportunities for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information regarding MSU’s dual career support can be found here https://hr.msu.edu/policies-procedures/faculty-academic-staff/affirmative-action/dual_career.html and Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found here https://worklife.msu.edu/.
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