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Assistant Professor, Sustainable Food Ingredient Technology

Agriculture / Life Science


Assistant Professor, Sustainable Food Ingredient Technology

  • 522836
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Agriculture / Life Science
  • Teaching & Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking applicants for a tenure track faculty position in Sustainable Food Ingredient Technology located in the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST)

Responsibilities: This is a 9-month tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with responsibilities in research and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong research and teaching program focused on sustainable food ingredient technology, including protein, starch, lipids, and other ingredients. Applicants with a research focus on plant proteins or other plant-based ingredients are especially encouraged to apply. The department currently has strengths in food microbiology, food processing/engineering and food chemistry. This position would amplify our current expertise to enhance focus on ingredient technology, functionality and strive to add value to and increase sustainability of the global food system.

The position will contribute to the college strategic plan, including economy, environment, food and health. This position is well suited to collaborate within FST and extensively across CALS, especially with Biological Systems Engineering, the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the University (e.g., Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering). The incumbent will have opportunities to collaborate with the outlying Virginia Tech Agricultural Research and Extension Centers and serve as a member of the VT Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture on missions related to providing technological solutions to increase production efficiencies, bioactive ingredient incorporation into food matrices; and encourage sustainable practices.

The individual will develop a nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program with an emphasis on development and application of novel and sustainable food ingredient technologies in food systems, potentially focused on improving nutritive value of foods and/or development of novel protein sources. Areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to: novel and sustainable food ingredient applications, development of novel and sustainable food ingredients from agricultural and other sources, and process engineering approaches to sustainable food ingredient production. Candidates interested in various disciplines such as food processing, food chemistry, biochemistry, industrial microbiology and biotechnology, and separations science and engineering and other novel perspectives are welcome to apply. The individual is also expected to develop and sustain relationships with industry leaders in sustainable and novel food ingredient development and application. International engagement and recognition are encouraged and expected as your career advances.

The individual will develop and teach an undergraduate sustainable food technology course and contribute to teaching in other ways as appropriate. The individual will mentor graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) and undergraduate students and will be expected to serve on department, college and university committees, as well as appropriate professional organizations.

Required Qualifications

1) Ph.D. in food science & technology, food engineering, agricultural and biological engineering, plant chemistry or biochemistry, or other related discipline; 2) Excellent oral and written communication skills; 3) Demonstrated ability to develop and conduct scholarly research; 4) Demonstrated ability for teaching in a classroom setting and commitment to quality student education; 5) Strong commitment to create an environment that fosters diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

1) Demonstrated ability to write competitive research proposals, 2) post-doctoral or industry research experience, 3) Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain relationships with industry partners, 4) Familiarity with food ingredient and food product regulations, and 5) expertise in ingredient science, intermolecular food systems and properties of food

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Required application materials include: 1) complete curriculum vitae, 2) official or unofficial transcripts of all graduate course work, 3) statement of current teaching statement and research and interests as relevant to this position as well as commitment to diversity, and 4) names, addresses and email of three professional references. All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Amanda Stewart, Search Committee Chair at stewar53@vt.edu.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Amanda Stewart at stewar53@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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