(Food Microbiology and Food Safety)
Work Location: The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center’s School of Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS) seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in food microbiology and food safety at the level of assistant or associate professor. This is a 12-month joint appointment with primary responsibilities in Research (70% - LSU Agricultural Center) and Teaching (30% - LSU College of Agriculture).
General Information: NFS consists of 23 faculty members, 10 research, extension, and teaching associates: and 5 supporting staff members. There are 234 undergraduate students and 59 graduate students. The School has a BS degree program in Nutrition and Food Sciences with areas of concentration in Dietetics (ACEND accredited); Nutritional Sciences / Premed; Nutrition, Health, and Society; and Food Science and Technology / Premed. The MS and PhD degree programs in Nutrition and Foods Sciences offers areas of concentration in Food and Bioprocessing Systems, Food Science and Technology, Human Nutrition, and Molecular Nutrition.
The LSU AgCenter and LSU maintains state-of-the-art research facilities and faculty have access to extensive infrastructure and collaborative opportunities within the School and across campus. In addition, both basic and clinical cores at Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) are available for the successful candidate’s research program. This includes the PBRC Genomics Core that operates an Illumina MiSeq sequencing instrument capable of performing 16S metagenomics analyses of microbial community compositions. Bioinformatics support is also available as is state of the art clinical research facilities and metabolic kitchen.
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Position Description: NFS is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to develop teaching and research in the area of food microbiology and food safety. This position will provide leadership and scholarship in food microbiology and food safety. The successful candidate will actively participate in the teaching, research, and service activities in NFS including participation in global programs and will have the opportunity to work on collaborative projects with a wide variety of groups including the Food Incubator and other departments. Areas of particular interest for future research include detection, transmission, and ecology of food-borne pathogens and spoilage organisms, and techniques for their control. 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 of undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will manage the food microbiology laboratory, which provides food safety-related services to the food industry.
Qualification Requirements: Ph.D. in nutrition, food science, food microbiology, or closely related fields with expertise in food microbiology and food safety. Post-doctoral experience preferred with a scholarly emphasis in food microbiology and safety. Evidence of research excellence, ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research, and ability to develop and effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses is desirable.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020 or until a suitable candidate is identified. Starting date is negotiable, but no later than August 1st, 2020. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or in Workday for internal applicants) by attaching a letter of application, curriculum vitae/resume, transcripts, contact information for at least 3 references, statement of teaching and research interests, and evidence of expertise in food microbiology. A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre‐employment background check. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Subramaniam Sathivel, Search Committee Chair
LSU Agricultural Center
School of Nutrition and Food Sciences
220 Wilson Hall
110 LSU Union Square
Baton Rouge, La. 70803
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com