Assistant or Associate Professor of Food Microbiology (70% Research, 30% Teaching)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Internal Number: 118361
The Department of Food Science at the University of Tennessee seeks outstanding candidates for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to perform research in the growing area of microbial communities. The successful applicant will develop a high-impact, nationally recognized research and teaching program focusing on interactions between microbiomes/microbial communities of human foods, processing environments, fermentation products, and processes to improve food safety, quality, and human health. Successful candidates will develop courses related to identification, characterization, and functionality of food and human microbial communities to inform food fermentations, food processing, food safety interventions, and public health interventions.
Required Qualifications: An earned doctorate in Food Science or closely related field with a concentration in food microbiology, microbiology, metagenomics, or a related field. Candidates should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Candidates may be considered for the position at the rank of Associate Professor pending a record of research, scholarship, and professional accomplishments commensurate with that rank.
Evidence of scholarship through scientific presentations and publications
Experience in grant-writing
Relevant research and teaching experience beyond the Ph.D. degree
Knowledge of food production systems
Evidence of the ability to collaborate with diverse audiences
Applicants should submit a single pdf file with 1) a letter of application, 2) a curriculum vitae detailing education background qualifications, experience, and publications, 3) a one-page statement describing research plans and goals, 4) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and plans to develop appropriate courses as described under
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