The Food Manufacturing Engineer holds an academic-year appointment as assistant or associate professor in the Departments of Biological Systems Engineering and Food Science and Technology in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). The incumbent advances the food-manufacturing sector through developments and innovations for systems that will enhance consumer safety and confidence, economic viability and sustainable hygienic improvement in food manufacturing.
Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR), Biological Systems Engineering, and Food Science and Technology are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups including racial and ethnic minorities, women, sexual minorities, persons living with disabilities, and veterans.
The incumbent is expected to maintain a high impact, nationally and internationally recognized, externally supported research and teaching program contributing as an effective scholar and citizen to the integrated (extension, research, and teaching) land-grant mission of the Departments of Biological Systems Engineering and Food Science and Technology and IANR, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy.
Research conducted by the incumbent will develop expertise and know-how related to aspects of food manufacturing including, but not limited to, implementation of hygienic design as directed by risk analysis, root cause analysis, continuous improvement and cleanability validation for facilities and equipment, sustainable use of water and energy, and utilization of novel detection and monitoring methods for allergens, microorganisms and other contaminants. To deliver on this research the incumbent is expected to seek and establish effective disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations including effective integration with research groups, extension action teams, and educational programs such as food safety specialists, The Food Processing Center, as well as other Biological Systems Engineering, Food Science and Technology, IANR and University of Nebraska faculty members; connect with stakeholders, agency, and/or industry partners to strengthen research and educational programming; effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for research and teaching activities; mentor graduate students; publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities; and, translate research-based information into learner-centered products.
Teaching contributions include teaching courses in food manufacturing, and food and biomaterial processing to support and train undergraduates entering the food and bioproducts manufacturing profession – as well as recruiting, advising, and mentoring. Specific course assignments may change according to program needs.
In the area of work covered by the position the incumbent is expected to seek and establish effective disciplinary and trans-disciplinary collaborations including integration with local stakeholders, complementary research groups, extension teams, educational programs, and other partners. The incumbent is expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university levels.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
PhD in Food Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related field.
Experience and expertise in research/development of food processing systems.
Capability for teaching/instruction of food engineering courses at the graduate and undergraduate level.
Extensive ability to engage in collaborative research.
Experience writing competitive federal grants.
Experience in course design, development, and management at the graduate and undergraduate level.
Excellent oral and written communication skills with emphasis on communication with a variety of stakeholders.
Evidence of work with diverse or underrepresented communities or groups.
With over 25,000 students, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a diverse educational insitution with international stature. The intellectual center for the state of Nebraska and beyond, we are a land-grant, top tier national research-extensive insitution. Part of the Big Ten conference, Big Ten Academic Alliance, our mission includes growing relationships and resources that enable the University of Nebraska to change lives.