The Assistant Professor will have at their disposal a unique, interdisciplinary environment formed by the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (tenure home of the position), the Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering, and the Department of Food Science to address opportunities in the topical area of resilient food production.
The Assistant Professor will be expected to develop a nationally recognized program that will enrich our core working group of faculty in the area of Food Engineering. Within the overarching theme of improving the environmental and economic sustainability of food, feed, fiber, and fuel production. Potential areas of research specifically include: engineering analysis and assessment of sustainability metrics for food production, processing and distribution systems, sensing, big data analytics, and life cycle assessment. These thrust areas have been identified as key components for manufacturing food to meet personal nutrition and health needs, minimize postharvest loss and food waste, enhance current and novel methods of bio-energy production from food waste, and curtail environmental impact. Contributing food engineering expertise will also enhance a multidisciplinary approach to understand consumer needs and optimize related systems within the food manufacturing ecosystem.The Assistant Professor will demonstrate the ability to forge successful collaborations with chemical engineers and food scientists who are part of the core working group and provide evidence of a commitment to the university environment which includes teaching, service, and mentorship. The Assistant Professor will aggressively pursue extramural funding for their program. In particular, teaching responsibilities in the general areas of food engineering, resilient food systems, design of sustainable biosystems, biological, and/or biochemical engineering are anticipated.
STARTING DATE: August 17, 2020 or as negotiated
Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2019. For full consideration, please submit your application on or before December 15, 2019. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected. Interested candidates should apply online at the UA Human Resources website. All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at jobs.uark.edu. Please do not send to listed recruitment contact. A letter of application including a statement of research plans, teaching philosophy and goals, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and the name, complete address, and contact information of at least three references are required.
Ph.D in Agricultural, Biological, Chemical, Biochemical, Food or closely related engineering discipline conferred by the start of employment. Ability to become a registered Professional Engineer (P.E). Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work in a team setting and mentoring graduate students is essential. Demonstrated ability to secure, manage, and deliver extramurally funded projects.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in sustainable food systems engineering and resilient food production is highly preferred.
Desired characteristics: Ability to work in inter? and trans?disciplinary teams; demonstrated record of effective interpersonal and communication skills; commitment to enhance the existing teaching program; and commitment to diversity principles and practices among students, staff and faculty