Assistant Professor

Apr 12, 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 70% research and 30% teaching in the areas of grain processing with the expectation for a summer appointment. Information about the Department: The Department of Grain Science and Industry has unique pilot facilities and laboratories. Modern teaching and research facilities include a pilot flour mill, feed mill, bakery, extrusion laboratory, and grain storage and handling facility. In addition, more than 10 cereal chemistry laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art instruments to conduct fundamental, applied, and disseminative research. The department has more than a 100-year history of academic interest in the milling industry with particular emphasis on milling and baking properties of wheat cultivars. The wheat milling facilities range from a bench-scale mill (batch of 0.5 kg of grain) to a pilot mill with a capacity of 6 MT/8h (check with Jason on this). Specialty dry mills also are available to purify, fractionate, and grind any seed-like material, including all cereals, legumes, pulses, spices, and gums. Lab-scale facilities are available for cleaning, conditioning, and milling small samples on a Miag Multomat, Buhler Mill, Brabender Quadrumat, and bench top mills with variable flows. Plans for a wet-milling laboratory for grain are progressing. 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 grain processing, including milling of wheat and other grains.

Potential areas of research include, but are not limited to, grain processing technologies, process automation and simulation, nutrition, food safety, and novel grain 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 the global grain processing industries.


The candidate shall teach current and future undergraduate and graduate courses, covering subject matter in grain processing technologies, and develop courses in his/her area of expertise.  

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

The candidate will provide co-leadership to the Milling Science and Management program.


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 agricultural/biological/food engineering, food science, grain science or other relevant disciplines, and possess excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to speak English clearly, and a strong commitment to fostering and expanding diversity. 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. Screening of Applications Begins: May 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Salary Range / Pay Rate: $80,000.00 to $90,000.00 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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