Assistant / Associate Professor - Tenure System

Job description

Assistant / Associate Professor - Tenure System

Job no: 572432
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Food Science And Hum Nutrition Anr 10002348
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Assistant / Associate Professor - Tenure System

Position Summary

Research responsibilities (65%): The successful candidate will be expected to establish a strong, externally-funded research program in an area of food microbiology with an emphasis on Microbial Food Safety. Possible research topics include but are not limited to the application of molecular, genomic, proteomic, metabolomic and bioinformatic approaches to increase the understanding of food safety issues relevant to food production and processing, or public health; biology, ecology, and/or surveillance of food-borne pathogens; impact of probiotics on human chronic diseases; development and/or implementation of physical, chemical or biological methods to mitigate microbial risk; and microbiomes in food and agricultural systems. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to one or more of these areas, as well as develop appropriate collaborations within the Department and across the MSU campus.

Teaching Responsibilities (30%): The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level food microbiology lecture and/or laboratory courses, as well as a course in the candidate’s area of study/interest. Contribution to other courses as needed is expected, as is training graduate students in thesis research projects.

Service Responsibilities (5%): The successful candidate will contribute to the department, college, university, community, and field in ways that demonstrate a clear commitment to students, programs, the campus, and the professional community.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Microbiology, food science, or a closely

Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. in microbiology, food science or a closely related field, with experience in food microbiology and safety, and a strong record of publication. The ability to work professionally with faculty, staff, and students from diverse populations required. The applicant should possess a willingness to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Desired Qualifications

Postdoctoral or industrial experience is highly desirable.

Required Application Materials

To apply, qualified applicants must submit an application at the MSU Human Resources website at (Posting #572432) that should include a: 1) cover letter; 2) current curriculum vitae; 3) academic transcripts; 4) statement of research / teaching accomplishments and interests that highlights their alignment with our desired qualifications as described in the Position Description (2 page maximum); 5) summary of experience/philosophy fostering diversity and inclusion in their professional roles (1 page maximum); and 6) list of four references (address, e-mail and phone).

Review of Applications Begins On

08/15/2019 and will continue until the position is filled.


Department Statement

As the pioneer Land Grant University, Michigan State University has strong related programs, and is committed to linking food, water, the environment, animal health, and human health. Its highly collaborative and productive faculty provide a very positive environment for professional growth and program expansion. MSU is a diverse community that provides regional, national, and international leadership in research, excellence in teaching (with an emphasis on international engagement), and a strong extension program that partners with diverse stakeholders to bring science-based responses to social and environmental challenges.

MSU is home to numerous institutionally supported core facilities, providing expertise and equipment in areas including, but not limited to genomics, metabolomics and proteomics; a biosafety level-2 pilot processing facility; large and small animal facilities; histopathology, drug discovery, high resolution in vivo imaging and microscopy.

With over 3100 miles of Great Lake shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes, 51,000 miles of rivers, 1300 miles of bike trails, Michigan ( is a four-season wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts. Michigan also boasts a robust local food movement, with over 200 wineries and 200 microbreweries. The MSU campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The region has numerous music and theatre offerings, with an active arts community that includes the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts and the Broad Art Museum.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. The University proactively upholds the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. MSU is also proactive in exploring employment opportunities for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information regarding MSU’s dual career support can be found here and Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found here

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: May 21, 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 20, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 5/22/2019
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