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Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Job Details

Job no: 763080
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Biosystems And Agricultural Engineering 10002038
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Engineers/Architects, Research/Scientific, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

The Department of Biosystem and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) at Michigan State University invites qualified applicants for three full-time, academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor positions under the general theme of Climate-Smart Food and Ag Systems Engineering. Various combinations of assignments across the mission areas of research, teaching, and extension/outreach are possible, with the expectation that the primary area for all three positions will be research. The projected start date for each position is August 16, 2022.

The mission of the department is to improve the quality of life by integrating and applying principles of engineering and biology to systems involving food, environment, energy, and health. We invite applications from highly motivated individuals who can complement the mission, expertise, and current strengths of the department in teaching, research, extension, and service.

Applicants from all areas of biosystems and agricultural engineering are encouraged to apply, but we have a particular interest in increasing our capacity to deliver solutions to local, state, federal, and global stakeholders through the following priority areas:

  • Data Systems for Food Safety and Security
  • Smart Ag Systems for Specialty Crop Production
  • Microbiome Engineering for Food, Energy, Environment, and Health Systems

Successful candidates are expected to build nationally recognized, extramurally funded research programs with a systems emphasis, integrating across or at the intersections among food, energy, environment, water, and health. The successful candidates are also expected to collaborate effectively with biosystems engineering faculty, and extensively with colleagues within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension, the College of Engineering, and other departments on campus, as well as with outside stakeholder groups.

Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate training/experience sufficient to teach core undergraduate biosystems engineering courses, as well as graduate-level courses. In addition to sustaining an active research program, the faculty will be responsible for teaching and mentoring graduate/undergraduate students, serving on departmental, college, and university committees, and engaging in service through professional networks and organizations.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Biosystems/Biological/Agricultural Eng.

Minimum RequirementsAn earned Ph.D. in Biosystems/Biological/Agricultural Engineering or closely related field relevant to the priority areas above. A demonstrated record of research, teaching, and/or extension/outreach experiences. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability and commitment to work cooperatively with colleagues across disciplines and develop a collaborative scholarly program at the intersections of food, energy, environment, and health.Desired Qualifications
  • The successful candidates should provide evidence of commitment and dedication to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population preparing for careers in research, policy, and/or practice in academia, industry, or government.
  • The candidates will demonstrate capability to develop a scholarly program at the interface of engineering and biological sciences.
  • The candidates will have a record of research funding or demonstrate potential to secure competitive funding from agencies such as the USDA NIFA, NSF, NIH, USAID, EPA, foundations, etc.
  • The candidates will have evidence of peer-reviewed publications and the ability to establish stakeholder partnerships.
Required Application Materials

Upload the following required documents: a) letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position, highlighting how your experiences align with the position; b) current curriculum vitae; c) statement of research vision and goals (2-pages maximum); (d) statement of teaching and/or extension philosophy that highlights your experience and alignment with our desired qualifications (1-page maximum); e) a description of how you will contribute to our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals (1-page maximum); and f) contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Jade Mitchell, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA,

Review of Applications Begins On



Department StatementBAE is a national leader in education, research, and outreach. The department has been fully engaged in meeting the changing needs of society since 1906, with acurrent mission to improve the quality of life by integrating and applying principles of engineering and biology to systems involving food, environment, energy, and health.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: Feb 24, 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 24, 2024 Eastern Standard Time


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