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Research Assistant Professor

Department: 3670010090 Horticulture & Natural Resources

Work type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month

Location: Olathe, Kansas

The Food Science Institute within Kansas State University's College of Agriculture is seeking applicants for a full-time 12-month non-tenure track research assistant professor position to be located at our Olathe campus (Kansas City metropolitan area). As an essential Food Science Institute team member, the successful individual will develop a nationally-recognized, stakeholder-informed research program in produce safety that will include characterizing and assessing the risks posed by microbial hazards and identifying and evaluating the efficacy of pre- and post-harvest controls. This new program is expected to be complementary and build upon existing food science and horticulture research and extension programs at Kansas State University, including the Manhattan and Olathe campuses and the Olathe Horticulture Center. The successful candidate will develop and maintain an innovative, successful, and externally funded research program that directly addresses the needs of Kansas producers, especially small-scale, diversified produce and mixed crop and animal farms. The program is expected to attract graduate students, post docs, industry collaborations, and other strategic partners. The successful candidate will work closely with faculty at the Manhattan and Olathe campuses and at the Olathe Horticulture Center, broadening the expertise and capabilities of Kansas State University in addressing produce industry food safety challenges and delivering practical solutions across the region.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in food science, food microbiology, horticulture, or a closely related field
  • Qualified for membership in the Kansas State University (K-State) Graduate Faculty
  • Demonstrated excellence in independent and/or team research
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work as a member of multidisciplinary teams, including external stakeholders and collaborating institutions
  • Experience in produce safety research, experimental design, and statistical analysis
  • Knowledge of, or demonstrated expertise in microbial risk assessment
  • Knowledge of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), particularly the Produce Safety Rule
  • Grant writing experience and a demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications of original research
  • Desire and ability to advance the university's commitment to collegiality, diversity, and inclusivity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Established research record in the area of produce safety
  • Experience in applying microbial risk assessment for improving produce safety
  • Research experience advancing our knowledge of the fate and transmission of microbial hazards in produce production and/or processing environments
  • Knowledge of, or demonstrated expertise in microbial ecology and/or microbiome studies, especially related to produce production and/or processing environments
  • Two-year minimum postdoctoral position, previous academic appointment, or equivalent professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to attract research funding, particularly in produce safety
  • Record of effective mentorship

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

Review of Applications Begins:

  • Immediately. For best consideration, apply by May 31, 2019

Salary: $70,000

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