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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 689396
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Food Science And Hum Nutrition Anr 10002348
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

Position: The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University seeks a faculty member with experience and expertise in sensory science and food product development. This position is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term (non-tenure accruing) appointment at the level of Assistant Professor with 40% research, 40% extension, 15% teaching, and 5% service.  The position is available on May 16, 2021.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to attract externally-funded competitive grants to support their sensory science program, and will plan and execute the appropriate sensory tests for food industry, provide analysis and written reports, and schedule and supervise sensory laboratory operations.  Priority will be on Michigan plant materials for sensory and product development activities.  This person will be responsible for managing and maintaining the sensory facilities (, hiring and supervising student workers, securing external funding to support the sensory program, and publishing research in peer-reviewed journals.  Furthermore, this person will be an integral part of the MSU Product Center ( as their sensory specialist.  In addition, this person will teach an undergraduate course (currently FSC 310: Sensory Analysis and Consumer Research), have the ability to advise graduate students, and provide service to the professional and practice communities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Sensory Science, Food Science, or relate

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Sensory Science, Food Science, or a closely related field, good track records in publications and grantsmanship, with a background in food industry preferred.  The candidate must also have excellent communication, leadership and networking skills to be an effective educator and work effectively with the food industry and appropriate agencies. Commitment to high teaching and student mentoring standards is required.  A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the ability to work collaboratively across agricultural disciplines is a must.

Required Application Materials

To apply, applicants must provide requested information at the MSU Human Resources site at and upload requested documentation. Documentation should include:

  1. a letter of application,
  2. a curriculum vitae,
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy,
  4. a research statement outlining current and future goals,
  5. an extension statement outlining current and future goals,
  6. a paragraph on commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity, and
  7. the names and contact information of three references. 

Special Instructions

For questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Lisa Oliva, 517-353-3303,

For questions about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Perry K.W. Ng, 517-353-9605,

To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by March 15, 2021. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

Michigan State University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Posting Number: 689396

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