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Assistant Professor - Food Chemistry

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Assistant Professor - Food Chemistry


CAES-Food Science & Technology

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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The University of Georgia’s Griffin Campus is located 40 miles south of Atlanta city center and 35 miles from Atlanta International Airport. The University of Georgia is a land-grant/sea-grant university, is ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The university is recognized as a research-intensive and community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation. The Department of Food Science and Technology ( is a unit of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must send: (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research scholarship/interests articulating your plans and vision that will complement the current FST faculty (maximum two pages), (4) an Extension/outreach statement that will complement the existing FST Extension programs (maximum one page), (5) a statement articulating experiences and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (maximum one page), (6) graduate school transcripts, and (7) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four professional references that the search committee may contact. Inquiries about this position should be directed to Dr. Koushik Adhikari ([email protected] The selected candidate will be required to submit to a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.

Location of Vacancy:

Griffin Area

EEO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

A completed Ph.D. in Food Science or a related field, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or equivalent program is required.

Position Summary:

The Department of Food Science and Technology at UGA is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to develop a Research and Extension program in the area of physico-chemical properties of food. This position includes Research (80%) and Extension (20%). The successful candidate will provide scholarship and leadership in food chemistry research and Extension activities on the Griffin campus. Specific responsibilities include: (1) establishing a strong record of scholarly activities and an extramurally funded research program; (2) direct MS and PhD degree students and postdoctoral researchers; and (3) develop an Extension program to complement the Food Product Innovation & Commercialization Center (FoodPIC) and existing Extension programs within UGA-FST. The successful candidate will actively participate in research, Extension, and service activities in the Department of Food Science and Technology including participation in global programs. The University of Georgia recognizes and supports interdisciplinary programs. As such, the successful candidate will be encouraged to collaborate with other faculty members across the Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Family and Consumer Sciences. Possible research areas broadly include the physico-chemical properties of foods, functional foods, understanding molecular/ structural basis of food properties, development of technologies and identification of food ingredients to improve functionality of major food components, including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and water, and their impact on texture, appearance, stability, and sensory attributes of foods. Research can involve basic principles and instrumental techniques of the physico-chemical sciences to understand complex food systems and enabling high quality, shelf stable and safe foods. The individual in this position will be expected to achieve a record of scholarly activity as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, successful extramural funding, success in a recognized Extension program via workshops, Extension publications, engagement with clientele, and mentoring graduate students. Demonstrated expertise in food chemistry is preferred. A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is expected.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Postdoctoral or research history in a physical chemistry lab in a university or private/governmental enterprise is highly desirable.
  • Evidence of inceptive success in publishing scholarly work, mentoring students, and writing grant proposals is also desirable.
  • Candidates should demonstrate the ability to obtain external funding to support their research program, excellent oral and written competencies, interpersonal oral skills, and a willingness to work in transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams.

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Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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