Assistant Professor

Apr 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: The Department of Grain Science and Industry is seeking applications for a 9-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with 80% research and 20% teaching in the areas of fermentation and bioprocessing of grains and their derivatives for foods, beverages, feeds and non-food products with the expectation for a summer appointment. Information about the Department: The Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University is unique in that it is the only academic institution in the United States or worldwide that offers baccalaureate degrees in Baking Science and Management, Feed Science and Management, and Milling Science and Management.  Qualified students may pursue M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Grain Science.  Grain Science and Industry is in process of developing a program in processing grain-related biomaterials into new value added products. Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Job Description: Research

The candidate is expected to conduct fundamental and applied research related to fermentation and bioprocessing of grains and their derivatives for foods, fermented beverages, feeds and non-food products.

The candidate is expected to obtain extramural support to establish a nationally and internationally recognized research program and provide a vision to address current and future needs of bioprocessing of grains and non-food products.


The candidate shall teach existing courses covering subject matter in bioprocessing and fermentation as well as develop courses in his/her area of expertise.  

The candidate will provide effective academic advising to graduate students, help students with setting academic and career goals, and advise students to achieve academic requirements. 


The candidate will advise undergraduate clubs and serve on departmental, college and university committees and appropriate professional/industry associations.

The candidate will perform other duties as requested by the Department Head in keeping with the responsibilities of the appointment.

The candidate is expected to support diversity, collegiality, and must have the ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary setting Required Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Food Science and Engineering, Biological Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Cereal/Grain Science, Microbiology, or relevant discipline, and possess excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to speak English clearly, and a strong commitment to fostering and expanding diversity in the grain-based food and beverage industry; be qualified to teach in a classroom setting; and have a demonstrated ability to conduct and publish scholarly research. The candidate must create and work in an environment that supports interdisciplinary, multi-programmatic, and multi-institutional teams. Preferred Qualifications: A demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, secure extramural support, teach in a classroom setting, and engage the grain processing industry. Special Instructions to Applicants

Qualified candidates are requested to upload all application materials, including a letter of application summarizing qualifications relevant to the position description, resume with a complete list of publications, official academic transcripts of undergraduate and graduate studies, one to two page summary of research and teaching philosophy and examples of industry engagement, copies of relevant publications, and contact information of three professional references

Nominations of outstanding potential candidates and inquiries regarding this position are welcome, and should be directed to Dr. Xiuzhi Susan Sun, Fermentation and Bioprocessing Faculty Search Committee Chair, Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University, 201 Shellenberger Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-2201. Telephone: (785) 532-4077; Fax: (785) 532- 7010, E-mail:


Screening of Applications Begins: June 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Salary Range / Pay Rate: Salary will be commensurate with the qualifications of the applicant. Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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