Utah State University

Assistant Professor - Food Science

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 weeks 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

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


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*updated 05/2023

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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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Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

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