Assistant Professor - Foodborne Virus Specialist

Gainesville, Florida
Feb 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Job Description:

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 40% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 0% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida.  This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.  Duties will include  instruction of required undergraduate courses in food microbiology; delivery  of a graduate-level course in faculty member's area of specialization; graduate and undergraduate student mentoring; development of a viable research program, preferably in the area of foodborne viruses; and the obtaining of extramural funding to support these efforts.   Tenure will accrue in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.  The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students.  The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program.  The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in his or her program area. 

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising.  Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department is a large, interdisciplinary unit within IFAS and is comprised of three distinct undergraduate programs:  Food Science, Nutritional Sciences, and Dietetics.  The Food Science program is accordance with the Institute of Food Technologists curriculum.  The 30 faculty conduct research, teaching and extension programs in a broad range of areas, including food safety and microbiology, phytochemical characterization, fruit and juice processing and engineering modeling, micronutrient metabolism and many other areas.  Graduate levels programs are competitive and provide the opportunity for graduate student mentorship.  Please consult the departmental webpage for additional information (

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Food Science or a closely-related discipline with a focus on foodborne viruses is required.  Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding.  Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.  Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Postdoctoral experience is desirable. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To ensure full consideration please apply online and submit additional materials by March 3, 2017.  Position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to the address below.


Application Information


  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:
    • Application
    • Cover letter that states applicant's interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Curriculum vitae


  • Official transcripts, showing receipt of the doctoral degree, and three letters of recommendation will be requested from applicants selected for interviews. 


Please refer to Requisition # 501215

Dr. Anita Wright

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

359 FSHN Building

PO Box 110370

Newell Drive

Gainesville, FL, 32611-0370


Telephone:                               352.294.3908

Facsimile:                                352.392.9467

Electronic Mail:             


Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.  The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida's 'Government in the Sunshine' and Public Records Laws.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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