BIORESOURCE and AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING - Full-time, tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor. The BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department (BRAE) within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is seeking applicants for up to four (4) tenure track, academic year faculty positions. One position could have a split appointment with the Food Science and Nutrition Department. These positions will be available starting in September, 2017.
Teaching responsibilities will include courses drawing from the following three areas:
1. Water Resource Engineering
- Fresh vegetable and fruit packaging plant process water system design, including treatment and reuse
- Planning and design of recharge and reuse of reclaimed process plant water; including innovative use of disinfectants
- Design, monitoring and control of water conveyance systems including SCADA systems - Water conservation and policy
2. Mechanical System Engineering
- Mechatronics, the fusion of mechanical, electrical, computer, telecommunication, and control engineering to solve agricultural problems
- Fluid power, electro-hydraulics and closed circuit hydraulics
- Systems engineering with an emphasis on analysis and optimization agricultural related systems, including post-harvest processing, and monitoring and control of agricultural systems
- Large data base manipulation of GIS and GPS data for the control of agricultural equipment
- Automated planting, tillage, and harvesting equipment
3. BioResource, Food & Environmental Engineering
- Monitoring and control of environmental and mechanical systems, including: food production lines; high speed detection of bacteria and virus in food production systems; and disinfection of organic and non-organic food products in the field and in processing plants
- Design, monitoring, and control of mechanical systems like greenhouses; and the associated logistics systems for the movement, sorting, processing, and packaging of fruits and vegetables
- Renewable energy and waste treatment, including: algae production for fuel, feed and water treatment, digestion of agricultural byproducts; and resource information systems
- Systems approach through the integration of economics, and food production and processing.
The successful candidate is expected to participate in scholarly activities (i.e., research, publishing, grant writing) as part of his/her professional development. Additional expectations include supervision of graduate students, senior design project teams, team teaching assignments, and advising undergraduate and graduate students, on-line courses and teaching graduate level courses and/or in a Master of Professional Studies or certificate program. Service activities will include participation on department, college, and university committees and instructionally related activities. Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interests in undergraduate and graduate teaching are required.
An earned doctorate in a relevant engineering or applied science is required. The applicant should have an interest in the application of engineering topics to agricultural and food industries. The successful candidate should have practical industry experience; experience in international applications is also desirable. These positions require individuals who have demonstrated ability to provide undergraduate and graduate students with hands-on engineering education in a multidisciplinary, systems-based environment. Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching excellence and laboratory-based instruction, and dedication to continued professional development and scholarship. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity and diversity. A current California or National license, certification, registration, or desire to become registered, in an appropriate discipline is preferred. Experience with agricultural applications and registration as a professional engineer are preferred but not required. The ability to collaborate on research with faculty across the College and University is desirable. Candidates who have international experience or the desire to cultivate international links, are preferred.
The BioResource & Agricultural Engineering Department at Cal Poly has approximately 300 undergraduate students and 11 faculty members. The Department is recognized for the excellence of its engineering and management programs based on the success of its graduates, the expertise of its faculty, the excellence of its research and outreach programs and for the support it receives from engineering and... management firms and alumni. The BioResource & Agricultural Engineering Department has graduated many top leaders in the California agricultural sector and beyond.
Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), the largest non-land grant agricultural program in the United States, awards nearly half of all baccalaureate agriculture degrees granted in California. The college is a leader in providing students with real world skills based on "Learn by Doing" laboratory and field intensive curriculum, contemporary instructional technology, and uncommon access to senior faculty in small class settings. The college spans more than 6,000 acres of land and consists of 10 departments, approximately 170 faculty, 80 staff, and 4,000 students in 15 majors. In addition, the college is home to a number of unique enterprise classes, centers and institutes, and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Swanton Pacific Ranch, a holistic working ranch in Santa Cruz, California with over 3,200 acres of rangeland and cropland.
Founded in 1901, Cal Poly is one of only five comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation, with approximately 19,000 undergraduate, 120 post-baccalaureate, and 900 graduate students. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master's universities in the western United States for 21 consecutive years. A primarily undergraduate university, Cal Poly offers academically focused students 66 baccalaureate degrees and 27 master's degrees. Operating on the quarter calendar system, Cal Poly takes pride in its "Learn by Doing" approach to teaching and learning, which has characterized Cal Poly since its founding. One of the 23 campuses of the California State University system, Cal Poly has a statewide mandate as a polytechnic university. Cal Poly is one of the largest land-holding universities in the nation and uses all of its land holdings in active support of its educational programs.
Cal Poly is located in historic San Luis Obispo, a city of 44,000, 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's scenic Central Coast.