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Assistant/Associate Professor of Metropolitan Food Systems

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an outstanding expert in metropolitan food systems focused on food safety to fill a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level with a 45% extension appointment. The successful candidate will contribute to the FSHN Department’s core areas of food security and safety and integrated food, nutrition, and health. The selected candidate is expected to develop an integrated program that addresses food safety issues unique to metropolitan and urban regions. Expertise in food safety as related to sustainable food processing, food product development, entrepreneurship, storage, transportation, or waste mitigation is desired.

People perceive the 4 billion tons of annual food waste as a substantial social problem requiring remediation to improve global food security. Food safety will be the central focus of this position; this will fit in well with the newly approved College of ACES Metropolitan Food and Environmental Systems major and also the College of ACES cluster focused on Food and Agricultural Systems for Global Health. This position will contribute to the food safety and security core in FSHN and support emerging collaborations in Metropolitan Food Systems. Possible graduate courses to teach include Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) (FSHN 595), or Issues in Food Safety (FSHN 575), and new undergraduate courses in food waste, metropolitan food and nutrition systems, and/or food/nutrition policy will be developed. This position is anticipated to have an extension appointment of ~45% and will fill some of the much needed expertise in the field related to food safety. This position will contribute to domestic and international food security and safety efforts.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will establish and maintain an externally funded and independent research program focused on metropolitan food systems. Emphasis will be on food safety in metropolitan regions and urban localities as related to an integrated food system for sustainability. Through collaborations with other faculty, key discoveries will be translated into systems optimization, policy change, and food entrepreneurship. The successful candidate will teach food science courses relevant to their expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels and participate in online instruction at the graduate level. This position will involve research, teaching, and service obligations, including interaction with the University of Illinois Extension.

SYNERGY WITH CAMPUS EXCELLENCE THEMES AND STRENGTHS: This position is synergistic with the campus priority area of Food Security & Safety within the Energy & Environment theme. Within FSHN, this position fits the emphasis areas of Food Safety & Security and Food Materials Science & Engineering. This position is aligned with several campus initiatives such as the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, the newly emerging Siebel Center for Design, and the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss. The successful candidate also will be well positioned to collaborate with scientists across campus including in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have an earned doctorate in the food and nutrition sciences or related discipline. Evidence of professional promise and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Cross-training and postdoctoral training in food safety, microbiology, plant or crop science, vertical farming, food entrepreneurship, and/or urban planning/design; experience in extension; ability to secure extramural funding; a strong publication record; ability to mentor students; experience in college-level teaching; and engagement in professional associations are desired.

SALARY: Competitive salary with benefits and start-up package are commensurate with qualifications.

PROPOSED START DATE AND LOCATION: August 16, 2019; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter that details suitability for (such as how their research interests will translate to metropolitan food systems) and interest in the position, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for five references. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 31, 2019. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Individuals from underrepresented populations are especially welcome to apply. To apply, please create your candidate profile and upload all required materials at Only applicants with complete profiles will be considered. Questions regarding the search process may be directed to Ms. Audra Martin, Office Manager ([email protected]) and the position to Dr. Elvira deMejia, Professor and Search Committee Chair ([email protected]).

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Final approval is given by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

College Name or Administrative Unit:ACES Category:1-Faculty Title:College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences: Assistant/Associate Professor of Metropolitan Food Systems - Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (96949) Open Date:11/30/2018 Organization Name:Food Science and Human Nutrition




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Posted: 1/4/2019
Application Due: 11/3/2019
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