Institution (Location)
University of Arkansas, Department of Food Science
Start Date
July 1, 2020
Position Description

Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science with appointments in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Description: The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture invite applications for a 12-month, tenure-track position (75% Research; 25% Teaching) in the area of social behavioral sciences in food systems. Summary of Job Duties: The Department of Food Science at the University of Arkansas seeks a social behavioral scientist whose research program focuses on improving personal nutrition, food safety, sustainability (reducing food waste) and public health practice by understanding individual, community and social factors. Areas of expertise may include understanding factors influencing personal nutrition decisions, understanding how novel food production systems impact consumer decision making and policies, and/or consumer acceptance towards novel food products or food processing technologies. Interdisciplinary background in socio-behavioral sciences and food science or human nutrition with expertise in nutrition policy, consumer economics, or food for health is highly desirable. This position will be able to interface with other faculty who work in food for health, food safety, sustainability, human nutrition, and novel food products and processes. The candidate will develop an extramurally-funded state-relevant research program, teach food science/nutrition undergraduate and/or graduate courses, and serve as the research advisor for Ph.D. and M.S. students as well as undergraduate honors students in the Department of Food Science. The candidate will actively engage faculty from other disciplines and physical locations and aggressively pursue extramural funding for their program. The candidate will also serve the Department, Division, College, and University committees as assigned, and an opportunity and expertise permits. Salary and benefits: Salary compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure-track position with a very competitive benefits package including nationally-competitive, salary matching retirement program.

Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

Required qualifications: An earned doctorate in behavioral science or a closely related field with training and experience in food for health or human nutrition research OR an earned doctorate in food science, nutrition, or a closely related field with training and experience in social behavioral science research. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Preferred qualifications: Postdoctoral research or industry experience. Demonstrated potential to excel in conducting and publishing high-impact research, developing an independent research program, collaborating within interdisciplinary teams of scientists and successful grant writing. Motivation and skills to effectively educate students through academic programs in Food Science.

How to Apply

Application Procedure: Completed applications received by January 20, 2020, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position. To apply, applicants should submit a letter of application, including educational background, professional experience, and a statement of research and teaching interests; curriculum vitae; unofficial/official transcripts (optional) from the granting institution, and names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references. Applications should be submitted electronically at Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2020. For full consideration, please submit applications on or before January 20, 2020.


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