Tenure-track Assistant Professor (9-month) position at Purdue University with research and teaching responsibilities in an area related to fermentation sciences, such as synthetic biology, biomanufacturing, or bioprocess engineering, using microbial, plant, or mammalian cell-based systems.  The successful candidate will join a 23-member faculty in the Department of Food Science on the main campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and is expected to develop a nationally recognized research program in the upstream design and/or use of biological systems for production and downstream processing of specialty products found in the food, pharmaceutical, and/or chemical industries.

A Ph.D. in Science (e.g. Food / Biochemistry / Molecular Biology / Microbiology / Pharmaceutical), Engineering (e.g. Biochemical/ Chemical / Biological), or other closely related field. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to lead a novel research program in fermentation sciences.  Skills related to effective teaching, communication, and problem solving as well as the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams are required. No prior experience with food fermentation is required, but highly-competitive applicants will have at least one year of research experience after the Ph.D. and will articulate how their developed research program will integrate with or facilitate collaborative interactions within and beyond the department.

As an active member of the Department of Food Science, the successful candidate will directly support the program in Fermentation Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Food Science. The candidate will be expected to secure extramural research funding, to develop collaborative research projects, to advise graduate and undergraduate students, to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, to engage in departmental, college and university-level service activities, and to participate in national and international professional activities.

The Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked sixth nationally in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 313 faculty, 2803 undergraduate students, and 672 graduate students. The College’s strategic plan can be accessed athttps://ag.purdue.edu/plan/Pages/default.aspx.

Appointment and Salary: Assistant Professor (9-month appointment; tenure-track). Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin September 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Application: Submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references and a statement of research and teaching interests. The Department and College are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – www.purdue.edu/dp/advanceElectronic application submission is required via this site – https://careers.purdue.edu/go/West-Lafayette-Faculty/7721600

Questions may be directed to the search committee Chair:

Dr. Bruce Hamaker, Search Committee Chair

Purdue University - Department of Food Science

745 Agricultural Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2009

Phone: (765) 494-5668   Email: hamakerb@purdue.edu

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date: Flexible
Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA