Assistant Professor in Bio-functional Food Processing; Tenure-Track
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Internal Number: 213177
The Department of Food Sciencestudies everything from the health benefits of food components (e.g., plant phytochemicals) to processing technologies that ensure the delivery of safe food that supports human health. This position seeks to identify candidates whose research will improve our understanding of the influence of processing technologies on bio-functional foods and their ability to improve metabolic health. A hire in bio-functional food processing will complement existing departmental expertise in nanotechnology, metabolomics, and gut microbiology. This hire will study processing technologies that ensure safe foods that benefit metabolic health. The research interests of the hire should enhance collaboration within the cluster and across the greater Rutgers research community. A faculty hire in this area is core to the mission of the department and the food science undergraduate and graduate curricula and will teach courses in food process engineering and/or principles of food science, as well as take an active role in advising students and supporting student research opportunities. Post-baccalaureate degree in food science is required.
We seek to hire an interdisciplinary cluster of four tenure-track faculty colleagues whose scholarly interests and goals fit within the SEBS core areas of strength which span from microorganisms to ecosystems. Successful applicants will prioritize and align with SEBS values of inclusivity, interdisciplinary excellence and scholarly relevance leading to innovative research programs, student success, and community engagement.
Faculty hires will affiliate with one of several academic departments: Animal Sciences, Biochemistry and Microbiology, Food Science, and Nutritional Sciences. Specific research areas are shown below, though any area related to metabolic health will be considered.
Bio-functional food processing
Nutrition and metabolic health
Tenure-track nine-month academic appointments are at the Assistant Professor level. Successful applicants will be competitive for external funding opportunities with the potential to establish an integrated research program and must be committed to teaching core and elective courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to mentoring research students at all degree levels.
The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) powers the university's robust exploration of sciences. From microorganisms to a changing climate, the land, air and ocean, nutrition and food sciences, animals, and plants. SEBS-NJAES continues to successfully serve the increasingly diverse population of New Jersey by integrating basic and applied research with education, outreach, and engagement to achieve community-serving outcomes. The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH) plays a central role in these efforts, building on Rutgers' extensive and pioneering work in the fields of agriculture, food science, nutritional science, and human and animal health. IFNH underscores the commitment of Rutgers University to new transformational initiatives across the many disciplines impacting food, nutrition, and health. The institute embraces a culture of interdisciplinarity that seeks solutions to our health problems in the social as well as the biological determinants of health. IFNH oversees a spectrum of translational activity ranging from basic research to community outreach. The breadth of its activities is reflected in the diversity of its research centers, thematic programs, and student services. As one of its top program priorities, the institute focuses on ways to stem the epidemic rise in childhood obesity and obesity-related disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Post-baccalaureate degree in food science is required combined with advanced research training and experience.
Demonstrated record of scholarship. Strong written and oral presentation skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and experience working in multi-disciplinary teams.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.