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Assistant/Associate Professor of Integrative Precision Food Science and Technology

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Integrative Precision Food Science and Technology


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About the University of Georgia:

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 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 employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 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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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications begins October 1, 2022. The application deadline for full consideration is October 15th , 2022, and applications will be accepted until suitable candidates are identified.

Applicants must send: (1) a letter of application which includes a diversity statement, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial graduate school transcripts, (4) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four professional references that the search committee may contact, and (5&6) one-page summaries outlining their research and teaching visions.

Inquiries about this position should be directed to Dr. Rakesh Singh (

The selected candidate will be required to submit to a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens 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 (

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Open Rank

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Open Rank

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Academic (9 mo.)

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Tenure Track or Tenured

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in food, agricultural, biological, bioprocess, chemical engineering, or related field is required.

Position Summary:

Position Summary: The Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) at the University of Georgia (UGA) seeks a highly motivated and creative individual to develop and establish an innovative Research and Teaching program in Food Science and Technology to complement the Integrative and Precision Agriculture initiative across UGA. This faculty appointment will be 75% Research, 25% Teaching.
Responsibilities: The successful applicant will provide leadership and scholarship in Integrative Precision Food Science and Technology research and teaching. Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to): (1) obtaining extramural funding to support research and teaching programs, (2) establishing a strong record of scholarly activity, (3) developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the Food Science curriculum (this may also include teaching existing classes as assigned), and (4) directing PhD and MS degree students and postdoctoral associates.
The candidate will be expected to actively participate in service activities in FST and 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 may include (but are not limited to) utilization of systems modeling to develop effective sustainability practices and strategies aimed at minimizing the environmental impact of food production/processing, CO2 reduction, energy and resource optimization, machine learning, data science, and AI-enabled decision support focused on pre- and post-harvest food production and processing, food safety, and other areas of critical importance to safeguard the future of the food industry.

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 teaching university-level courses, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Additional Requirements:

For the rank of Assistant Professor, candidates do not need a minimum number of years in a lower rank unless the initial appointment was at the instructor level (
To be considered at the rank of Associate Professor, candidates must have at least 5 full years in rank at the Assistant Professor level before the start date. Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure of Academic Rank Faculty can be found here:

The candidate must either demonstrate a track record (Associate Professor) or show a potential (Assistant Professor) to obtain external funding to support their research program. The candidate must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication competencies, interpersonal skills, and willingness to work in multidisciplinary teams.

Discipline-specific criteria and procedures for promotion and tenure can be found at:

To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an associate professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire.

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The candidate must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication competencies, interpersonal skills, and willingness to work in multidisciplinary 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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