Assistant Professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition has 32 faculty and adjunct members and 23 research associates and administrative staff, ~600 undergraduate students and offers undergraduate degrees in Nutrition and Food Science, Hospitality Management and Fermentation Science and Technology. The department also offers MS and PhD degrees in Nutrition Science, Community Nutrition and Food Science and Safety and currently has ~75 graduate students. Department research is supported by federal grants from NIH, USDA, foundations, industry and two endowments that support a faculty chair and the Lillian Fountain-Smith Nutrition Conference hosted by the department. Research has focused on childhood obesity, community nutrition among limited resource audiences, molecular and metabolic nutrition targeted at chronic disease prevention, bioactive food components, and food safety. The department’s Extension faculty is responsible for numerous creative, high impact educational and engagement programs throughout the state, including EFNEP. A MPH program focus area in Public Health Nutrition within the School of Public Health provides new collaborative opportunities. The department offers an accredited B.S. dietetics program and an M.S. coordinated dietetic internship program. With the overall growth in the department, faculty and student diversity has increased. The department especially encourages those to apply who are eager to teach, conduct research, and advise in an environment committed to diversity.

Position Summary

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor. The 9-month tenure track appointment will begin on August 16, 2018. Applicants are sought who have a PhD and expertise in food safety, food microbiology, food science, fermentation science, and/or links among the microbiome, food and health. The successful candidate is expected to establish a nationally recognized, externally funded research program, to integrate their research into existing Department and University priority areas, and to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will have outstanding department support, strong research infrastructure, and the potential for collaborative opportunities both within CSU and with Industry partners.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in food science, food engineering, microbiology, molecular biology or a related field

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Post-doctoral training, previous tenure-track appointment, or comparable research faculty appointment
  • Demonstrated ability/promise to attract external funding
  • Strong record of dissemination of scholarly work
  • Demonstrated ability/promise to contribute to innovative teaching practices and curriculum development
  • Evidence of interdisciplinary research and capacity for successful collaboration
  • Desire and ability to advance the department’s commitment to collegiality, diversity and inclusion

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please submit an application consisting of a cover letter and current CV by November 1, 2017. Reference letter writers will be contacted immediately upon submission of application and will receive an email with a link to submit their letter. Reference letters must be submitted by November 9, 2017, for full consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No mail in applications or letters will be accepted.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Search Contact Tiffany Weir

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research and Scholarly activity Duty/Responsibility

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program. The successful candidate will be expected to develop collaborations within and outside the University.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Teaching, Advising and Mentoring Duty/Responsibility

The successful candidate will teach courses in the Fermentation Science and Technology undergraduate major and the Food Science Graduate Specialization. This position will also mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Service, Outreach and Engagement Duty/Responsibility

The successful candidate will be expected to perform relevant department, college and university service. Significant relevant professional service will be anticipated such as manuscript and grant reviewing, as well as professional committee service commensurate with this career stage.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Administration Duty/Responsibility

Attend campus, department and community meetings.