Professor-Dept. of Food Science – Ithaca, NY
Department of Food Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Teaching (50%) Research (50%)
Tenure Track - 9 month appointment
Cornell University - Stocking Hall - Ithaca, New York
University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and
innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its
staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and
contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university's
mission of teaching, research, and outreach.
The Department of Food Science seeks an Assistant Professor in the area of
Biology of Food Perceptions. This position offers a unique opportunity for a
creative scholar to develop a cutting edge, multidisciplinary teaching and
research program for the study of human perception of foods and food
components. Cornell's outstanding students and faculty, world-class applied
and basic research programs, and a new Food Science building scheduled to
open in 2013 provide an ideal environment for scholarship in this area.
The position includes a teaching component (50% effort) with the following
*Teach a senior undergraduate course in Sensory Evaluation of Food, develop
and teach a course in the individual's area of expertise, and contribute
lectures on human perception of foods in other departmental courses.
*Provide high quality teaching and advising for students enrolled in Food
Science undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
The position also includes a research component (50% effort) focusing on
human perceptions of foods and food components. The successful candidate will
be expected to:
*Develop a world class, externally funded research program to study human
perceptions of foods and food components, with a focus on the biological and
biochemical mechanisms involved in response to stimuli. Possible research
areas include but are not limited to: identification and structural
characterization of chemoreceptor proteins in the mouth and nose;
relationship between genetic variation in trigeminal, taste, and odor
chemoreceptors and food perception or preference; impact of sodium reduction
on flavor perception in the context of whole foods; effects of flavor
perception on satiety; effects of flavor compounds on gene expression and
implications for obesity prevention; genomics of perceptions in human
populations; or physiology and aging of human sensory perception.
*Establish collaborative research relationships with Cornell colleagues in
food science and related disciplines such as nutrition, genomics,
biochemistry, neurobiology, plant breeding, chemistry and chemical biology.
Qualifications: Doctoral degree and post-doctoral research experience in one
or more of the following fields: neurobiology, molecular biology and genetics,
biochemistry, cognitive psychology, physiology of human perception, food
science, nutrition or a related field.
A record of excellence in scholarship as evidenced by publications in
Preferences: Demonstrated success in securing competitive grants preferred.
Prior teaching experience is highly desirable.
Application procedure: Qualified candidates should send a letter of
application, curriculum vitae, selected reprints, academic transcripts,
statement of research goals and plans, statement of teaching philosophy, and
three letters of recommendation to:
Dr. Carmen I. Moraru, Search Committee Chair
Department of Food Science
Ithaca, NY 14853
Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2011 and
will continue until the appropriate candidate is selected.
Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual
Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education
Recruitment Consortium which assists with dual career searches. Visit http://www.unyherc.org to see positions
available in higher education in the upstate New York area.
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