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Assistant Professor of Chemical Food Safety

School of Food Science, University of Idaho


University of Idaho Assistant Professor of Chemical Food Safety (70% research and 30% teaching, 9 month tenure-track position) in the School of Food Science. The successful applicant will develop a nationally recognized, externally funded, innovative research program within the general area of chemical food safety, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and advise undergraduate and graduate students. Areas of research may include developing new knowledge to reduce risk of undesirable/toxic components in food, such as allergens and xenobiotics; developing approaches (such as biosensor and nanotechnological techniques) to identify and quantify compounds of emerging interest including naturally occurring toxicants, contaminants, or intentional adulterants; exploring mechanisms of action for chemicals of food safety interest at the molecular, biochemical, cellular and physiological levels of interaction with a view to developing novel biomarkers using molecular approaches and toxicogenomics; exploring the relationship between toxicity and efficacy of bioactive compounds food; exploring food, drug, and supplement interactions; and exploring food sensitivity, food intolerance, food allergy mechanism of action in a biomedical or biochemical context. The incumbent will build collaborative relationships with other scientists both within and outside of the university and establish a cooperative relationship with the regional food industry.


Required: Earned Ph.D. in Food Science, Toxicology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Immunology or related field; Research specialization in a specific area of food chemical safety; Demonstrated ability to plan, conduct and publish innovative high quality research and attract significant extramural funding in specialty area; Demonstrated ability to publish research in major refereed journals; Evidence of strong oral and written communications skills.


Preferred: Demonstrated high quality university teaching experience; Demonstrated ability to recruit, advise and mentor students and others; Demonstrate ability to cooperate and work with faculty teams on interdisciplinary research projects; Successful postdoctoral experience; Evidence of grant submissions and awards; Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of diverse cultures, backgrounds and ideologies.


To apply visit: Complete the online application including 1) letter of qualification addressing each of the required and preferred qualifications, 2) 1-2 page statement outlining your proposed research goals and program direction, 3) curriculum vita, and 4) four letters of reference from individuals able to address your qualifications relative to this position. Screening will begin April 1, 2012. EEO/AA/ADA




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