Utah State University

Assistant Professor – Food Science

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(12/13/2023 2:28 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 the 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 with experience and interest in food protein and enzyme chemistry, structure, and functionality. 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.


The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the department’s goal of identifying innovative science-driven solutions to food-related problems that affect people and communities of Utah and the world. 


The proposed start date is August 1, 2024.


The teaching responsibilities will include: 

  • Food Chemistry. This is an upper-division and required course in our undergraduate program in Food Science. Graduate students may also register for this course.
  • Food Proteins and Enzymes. This is a graduate-level course in the Food Science program.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD. in Food Science or related field.
  • Research experience in food chemistry 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 communicate at a technical and non-technical level and with university faculty, staff, and students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in food protein and enzyme chemistry, structure, and functionality.
  • Demonstrated record of funding from competitive federal and industry sources.
  • Post-doctoral research.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor graduate students to degree completions.
  • Experience teaching in the areas of food chemistry and food proteins and enzymes at the collegiate level.
  • Demonstrated experience in face-to-face and online teaching.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1) Resume/CV


Please upload the following under "Other Documents 1-10":

2) Cover Letter

3) Research Statement

4) Teaching Philosophy


**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.  

College/Department Highlights

The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences provides instruction to students seeking baccalaureate and graduate degrees in a variety of in-person and online programs. We pride ourselves in providing our students with experiential learning opportunities that prepare them for careers in food and pharmaceutical, public health, and health-care sectors. Our researchers and students work and train in on-sight chocolate, dairy production, and meat production labs, affiliated Extension programs, and the Student Nutrition Access Center which is also run out of our department. Our MS and PhD trained students are prepared to conduct research that contributes to solving problems and improving products and conditions for people related to food and health. The department’s emphasis on fostering a collaborative and inclusive learning and working environment contributes to the success of our students and faculty. Faculty in our department work closely with faculty from Plant Soils and Climate, Bioengineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Psychology, Kinesiology, Applied Economics, and Applied Science, Technology and Education. The placement of our department in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences supports a view of food and nutrition through the lens of agriculture and food systems. This strategic placement strengthens our ability to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and solutions in the intersection of food, health, and agriculture making our department a premier institution for those aspiring to make a positive impact in these field.  

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

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

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

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

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

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

*updated 09/2023


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