Utah State University

Assistant Professor - Food Science

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 year ago(5/9/2023 4:48 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Nutrition Dietetics & Food Sciences
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences at Utah State University is seeking to fill a full-time (9 month) tenure-track Assistant Professor position in our Food Science program.  The role for this position is 50% research, 45% teaching, and 5% Service.  Applicants must have a PhD in Food Science or related area. Candidates will be expected to establish an extramurally funded and nationally recognized program of research that complements or expands existing departmental research in the area of Food Science. The department has established research programs in the areas of dairy, meat, and confectionery science. We welcome candidates who will be able to help us expand our capacity in the area of sensory science, product development, and or sustainable food production. 


The department is interested in candidates with experience and interest in working with interdisciplinary teams to identify and implement science-driven solutions to problems related to food. 


Review of applications will start on June 15 and the position will remain open until filled. The proposed start date is August 1, 2023 or January 1, 2024.


Teaching responsibilities will include:

  • Sensory evaluation. This is an upper division and required course in our undergraduate program in Food Science. Graduate students may also register for this course.

  • Food product development. This is an upper division and required course in our undergraduate program in Food Science. Graduate students may also register for this course.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Food Science or related field.
  • Research experience evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national/ international conferences.
  • Demonstrated ability in writing and publishing scientific papers.
  • Commitment to teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Ability to effectively communicate at a technical and non-technical level, and with university faculty, staff and students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated research and or industry expertise working in the area of sensory science and/or product development.
  • Post-doctoral research.
  • Experience in developing an interdisciplinary research team.
  • Experience teaching in the areas of sensory evaluation and/or food product development at the collegiate level.
  • Demonstrated record of funding from competitive federal and industry sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor graduate students to degree completions.
  • Demonstrated experience in face-to-face and online teaching.
  • Experience teaching at the collegiate level.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV” 
  2. Documents below to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10” 
    • Cover Letter 
    • Research Statement
    • Research Philosophy
    • Teaching Philosophy
  3. Three Professional References with contact information

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.


Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 04/2024

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The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

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