Assistant Professor - Meat Science & Lipid Chemistry

Apr 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position:  The Department of Animal Sciences & Industry and the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University invites applications for a Tenure Track, Assistant Professor position in the area of Meat Science & Lipid Chemistry.  This position is 60% Research and 40% Teaching.  This position offers the opportunity to teach graduate and undergraduate meat science and lipid chemistry courses, mentor graduate students and advise undergraduate students. Information about the College/Unit: The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry has a long and rich heritage. From the down-to-earth animal husbandry group that emerged from the Farming Department in 1901, to its current form as one of the largest Animal Science departments in the United States, K-State animal science has held fast to its commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and extension.

Moreover, we are fully engaged in embracing the challenges of the future in order to continue providing the objective information and training needed by the citizens of Kansas and elsewhere to thrive in the midst of change. The Animal Science program at Kansas State University ascribes to and seeks to model the core values articulated by the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.

Those core values include:

  • Integrity (displaying the characteristics of honesty, trust, credibility, responsibility, stewardship and accountability)
  • Communication (exhibiting excellence in listening, speaking, writing, and working together)
  • Scholarship (striving for excellence in the discovery, integration, dissemination and application of knowledge)
  • Leadership (clearly displaying vision, teamwork, customer-focused service, and innovation)
  • Inclusion (showing respect and appreciation for all clientele, co-workers and others with whom we interact)

Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan, which has a population of about 56,000. Faculty in Animal Sciences and Industry are housed in two buildings on the K-State campus (Weber Hall and Call Hall). The buildings contain well-equipped laboratories, teaching facilities, a dairy processing plant and a meat processing facility.

Field research facilities for beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, poultry, horses, and sheep are located in close proximity to campus. The department manages about 6,500 acres of land for research purposes. In a typical year, departmental research and teaching facilities accommodate about 2000 to 3000 cattle, 3500 swine, 1500 laying hens, 250 sheep and 45 horses.

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.

The Successful Candidate will:

The successful candidate will have the ability to:

  • Develop a well-recognized, dynamic meat science research and teaching program
  • Establish and maintain a competitive, extramurally funded research program in the area of meat and lipid chemistry
  • Provide instruction to graduate and undergraduate students in the candidate's area of expertise
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to team-oriented research, and the development and success of students
  • Participate in management of Meat Science Laboratories
  • Collaborate with other faculty and participate in departmental and Meat Science activities/programs
  • Mentor graduate students and advise undergraduate students
Required Minimum Qualifications:  
  • Ph.D. or equivalent at the time of hire in Meat Science, Animal Science, or Food Science
  • Knowledge and experience in meat science
  • Demonstrated excellence in research
  • Knowledge of meat and/or lipid chemistry
  • Interest or demonstrated excellence in teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses in meat, animal, or food science.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
Preferred Qualifications:  
  • Expertise in the area of meat and/or lipid chemistry or closely related field
  • Experience and knowledge in the meat/food industry
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding
  • Strong academic publication record
  • Taught or assisted in teaching graduate and/or undergraduate meat science courses
  • Experience conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary research
  • Experience in both graduate and undergraduate advising
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment and a commitment to expanding and fostering diversity
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should complete the application process through KSU PageUp recruiting system and upload the following:
  • A cover letter clearly describing how the candidate meets the required and preferred qualifications
  • A one-page summary of the candidate's teaching philosophies and goals
  • A one-page summary of the candidate's research philosophies and goals
  • A detailed curriculum vita
  • Copies of all university transcripts
  • A list and contact information for 3 people who may be contacted with regard to the applicant's professional qualifications
Screening of Applications Begins: Screening begins July 2, 2017 or until an acceptable candidate is identified. Salary Range / Pay Rate: Commensurate with experience. 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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