Food Safety Professor
Washington State University
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a detailed letter of application addressing all qualifications, a current
curriculum vita, copies of transcripts (other document), and the names and
contact information for three professional references along with the
application. Reference letters for finalists for interviews will be
automatically requested and obtained from the reference provided through the
WSU online application system. For additional information on Washington State
University, CAHNRS or SFS, visit http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/ and
http://sfs.wsu.edu. Please contact Dr. Girish Ganjyal, Search Committee
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Food Safety Professor
Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences
School of Food Science
Summary of Duties
The successful candidate
• Develop an impactful and well-funded, industry-relevant integrated
extension and research program focusing on food safety with an emphasis on
raw agricultural products and minimally processed foods produced in the
Pacific Northwest. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with
scientists across the university and region. S/he must be able to integrate
extension and research activities to meet the needs of the diverse regional
• Lead statewide extension efforts in food safety. Identify needs and
develop extension programs and scholarly publications. Measure, document
and report outcomes and impacts of these programs.
• Develop and disseminate extension and research scholarship in appropriate
• Develop collaborative relationships with state and federal agencies and
other organizations that develop or influence food safety policies.
• Extend the reach of WSU
Extension by integrating distance technology into program delivery through
web pages, electronic mailing, apps, multimedia technology and other
• Serve as an advisor or mentor for both graduate and undergraduate
students, providing them with research and internship opportunities.
• Build capacity to sustain and grow programs through constituent
empowerment and/or leadership development.
• Seek opportunities to serve on state, regional and national committees to
promote food safety.
• Interact with the new WSU
Food Systems Program as that initiative develops.
The School of Food Science
(SFS) is a unique joint venture
integrating extension, teaching, and research programs between Washington
State University (WSU) and the University of Idaho (UI)
into a single unit. The synergies derived from joining resources gives the SFS international impact and
recognition. Our high caliber faculty, growing undergraduate and graduate
degree programs, high research productivity, and excellent extension and
outreach activities make the SFS one of the top food science
programs in the United States. We are looking for a dynamic, motivated,
highly skilled and experienced problem-solving leader who addresses the
needs of industry, stakeholders, and communities across the state and
nationally, providing solutions through relevant and engaging outreach and
research programs. This 12-month, full-time, tenure-track,
Assistant/Associate Professor position will join our extension and research
team and enhance the SFS’s position in food safety with an emphasis on raw
agricultural products and minimally processed foods produced in the Pacific
The School of Food Science
is central to the missions of both universities in their roles as
land-grant institutions. The merger of the two programs advances SFS into the top tier of universities
with food science programs in the United States based upon extension
programming, faculty numbers, undergraduate and graduate student
enrollment, degrees granted, and research productivity.
The position location is negotiable between Pullman, or Prosser,
THE WSU & UI SCHOOL OF FOOD SCIENCES
The School of Food Science is jointly administered by Washington State
University and the University of Idaho, just 8 miles apart. We offer the
only food science degree programs available in either state. Students can earn
a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Food Science, conduct research with faculty, and
complete internships to help secure leadership positions in a variety of
careers. An online Certificate of Proficiency in Food Science is available
to professionals interested in career advancement. The WSU Creamery, renowned for Cougar Gold
cheese and Ferdinand’s ice cream, provides students with on-campus
experiential learning and research opportunities, work experience, and
financial support. Faculty programs in research and extension help ensure a
safe, nutritious, and economical food supply for the region while also
enhancing food industry competitiveness in both national and international
markets. Faculty and students work collaboratively from the WSU campus in Pullman, UI campus in
Moscow, WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and
Extension students work collaboratively from the WSU campus in Pullman, WA; UI campus in
Moscow, ID; WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and
Extension Center (IAREC) in Prosser, WA; UI Food Technology
Center in Caldwell, ID; TechHelp in Boise, ID;
and WSU Wine Science Center in Tri-Cities,
WA. For more information, visit sfs.wsu.edu.
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, HUMAN, AND NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES
The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is
an expansive and diverse college that includes 16 academic units, four
research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject
matter centers, and one tribal and 39 county extension offices. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at
the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the
advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission
is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and
disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food
and fiber supply; promotes the wellbeing of individuals, families, and
communities; enhances the sustainability of agricultural and economic
systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological
systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the
signature “World Class. Face to Face.” motto of Washington State
University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity
to fulfill the University’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking
research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and
learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that
synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the
citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe. To
learn more about CAHNRS, visit cahnrs.wsu.edu.
Anticipated Start Date
Position Term in Months
salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
REQUIRED for both the Assistant and
Associate Professor level:
(Successful Associate Professor candidates must currently have Associate
• Ph.D. in Food Science, Food Microbiology, or a related field at the time
• Strong academic training or industry experience in food safety.
• A minimum of 2 years (preferably 5 years or more) of experience in food
safety related work in a professional setting.
• Industry experience is highly desired.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and capacity and willingness to engage
diverse constituents in extension and research programs.
• Demonstrated capability to develop and deliver programs that address food
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a record of
publications commensurate with career level.
• Knowledge of current and emerging food safety issues.
• Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals
and groups with diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies in a global
• Flexibility in exercising both leadership and team building roles to work
collaboratively, independently and harmoniously with other people.
• Demonstrated ability to use computers, smart devices, and web-based
• Demonstrated success in the area of grants, contracts and gift
• Demonstrated ability to develop and carry out plans for fee-generating
Type of Recruitment
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Screening Begin Date
Posting Close Date
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Special Instructions to Applicants
In order to apply,
application materials must include: a detailed letter of application
addressing all qualifications, a current curriculum vita, copies of
transcripts (other document), and the names and contact information for
three professional references along with the application. Reference letters
for finalists for interviews will be automatically requested and obtained
from the reference provided through the WSU online application system.
For additional information
on Washington State University, CAHNRS or SFS, visit http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/ and
Please contact Dr. Girish
Ganjyal, Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-335-5613
for questions about this position. EEO/AA/ADA.
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separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability
and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.
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