Assistant Professor: Packaging Innovation, Design and Additive Manufacturing

East Lansing, Michigan
$75,000-$80,000 per year Salary commensurate with experience
Nov 17, 2017
Posting #475222
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position: The School of Packaging ( in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking qualified applicants for a position at the Assistant Professor level. This is a tenure-track position with a research/teaching/service (45%/45%/10%) assignment. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally-recognized research program in packaging design which leverages innovation and emerging technologies such as additive/subtractive manufacturing, nano-scale engineering or other fabrication processes to obtain specific component properties of packaged products in order to enhance system performance (e.g., electric, thermal, mechanical, costs, etc.). Potential topics of interest include: the relationship between packaging system design and environmental factors such as compression, shock, fragility, vibration, temperature, humidity, pressure, and system performance.

Candidates should be knowledgeable in additive/subtractive manufacturing approaches and in the design thinking process for problem solution; ideally, they will have experience with product development processes and optimization techniques. Experience with finite element modeling (FEM), computational fluid mechanics (CFD) and system modeling is desirable.

Responsibilities: The individual will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program in packaging system design, prototyping and additive manufacturing. Research should employ basic and applied sciences while addressing the issues and opportunities inherent in the changing supply chain. MSU encourages interdisciplinary collaboration. Potential research collaborators include faculty from the College of Engineering including: Biomedical Engineering, Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Nursing, Mechanical Engineering, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering; MSU’s renowned Supply Chain Management program and the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation. Research support facilities available include the Composite Materials and Structures Center, the Center for Advanced Microscopy, and the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER), home to MSU's High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) among others, in addition to available facilities within the School of Packaging.

The successful candidate will provide leadership in research on interactions between packaged products and the environment by developing an innovative research program, securing competitive external grant funding, publishing in high quality peer-reviewed journals, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, providing leadership and service in professional and scientific associations, and establishing strong ties with the private sector. The candidate will also be expected to demonstrate interest and promise of excellence in teaching. The initial teaching assignment will be two to three courses per year at the undergraduate including (1) Package Development Technology and (2) Virtual Design & Prototyping and/or a graduate level course related to the candidate’s discipline and background.

Qualifications: Candidates must have the following qualifications: a) a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Agricultural/Biosystems Engineering, Mechanics, Material Science, or a closely related field; b) at least one degree (BS, MS, or PhD) in engineering; c) experience in design and additive manufacturing techniques d) a record that indicates the potential for success in a research intensive environment.

The strongest candidates will have: a) applied principles of engineering to packaging and/or the distribution environment, b) industry experience and/or a demonstrated understanding of the current and emerging needs of industry, c) a record of competitive grant funding, d) experience with finite element modeling (FEM), computational fluid mechanics (CFD) and system modeling, e) familiarity with optimization techniques and processes employed in product development, f) experience with ArtiosCAD, Solidworks or similar design software, g) applied principles of design thinking and innovation to unique and challenging opportunities.

Michigan State University - School of Packaging: As the premier Land Grant University, MSU has strong interrelated programs across the spectrum of food, health, and sustainability and is committed to linking food, environment, and human health. The School of Packaging (SoP), founded in 1952, is the leading institution in packaging education and research. As the only university offering a Ph.D. program in packaging, the School of Packaging at MSU attracts students from a variety of disciplines around the world. The school is poised for significant growth that will support MSU goals. Furthermore, the highly collaborative and productive faculty provides a very positive environment for professional growth and program expansion. Additive manufacturing promises to change the nature of design and manufacturing; as such, it is of critical importance to our program. This position plays a role in all aspects of the mission, and was identified in our recent strategic planning efforts as requisite for future success. We anticipate several faculty hires in the next few years.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at

Application Procedure:

1) a letter of application,

2) a summary of research accomplishments and a statement of research direction and interest (limited to 2 pages)

3) a current curriculum vitae

4) a statement of Teaching Philosophy (limited to 1 page)

5) a summary of experience with diversity in the classroom and/or research endeavors, any experience in mentoring diverse students, and an explanation of how you will contribute to our goals of inclusive excellence (limited to 1 page)

6) the names and email addresses of at least three references

Qualified applicants should submit online at (posting #475222) .

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Dr. Laurent Matuana, Search Committee Chair, School of Packaging, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824-1325. Telephone 517-353-4616, E-mail: [email protected].

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