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Assistant Professor or Associate Professor Job - Food Science Pullman, WA


Washington State University Pullman
Pullman, United States of America (USA)

Title: Assistant or Associate Professor (rank dependent on qualifications) 12-month, tenure-track faculty position

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the School of Food Science, a joint program at Washington State University (WSU) and the University of Idaho (UI). The position is a 30% teaching and a 70% research appointment and begins October 2011 or on a mutually agreed upon date. The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at WSU and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UI has a strong orientation to scholarly activities, research productivity and commitment to quality instruction. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualification.

This is a Washington State University position located at WSU in Pullman, WA.  


The successful applicant will conduct research and scholarly activity under the general area of "healthy and sustainable foods", and specifically related to dairy products/by-products as functional foods in human health. Development of a nationally-competitive externally-funded basic science research on dairy foods on human health and well-being will be necessary. Possible research areas include but not limited to probiotics, body weight control, and chronic/inflammatory diseases. The successful applicant will conduct a program of research consistent with the mission of the WSU Agricultural Research Center and will be expected to communicate and establish a cooperative relationship with the regional dairy industry to promote research and service programs. The candidate will also teach undergraduate and graduate courses in dairy processing.

The School of Food Science is in the WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences and the UI College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The administrative offices are located on the main campuses in Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID with members of the faculty located on both campuses and also located at the following sites:

  • WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and extension Center in Prosser, WA
  • UI Food Technology Center, Caldwell, ID
  • TechHelp, Boise, ID

The official merger between Washington State University and the University of Idaho was completed in 2009 with campuses only 8 miles apart. Collaborative teaching existed for 10 years prior to the formation of the school. The WSU facilities were completed in 1989 and the WSU Creamery moved into new facilities in 1992. The WSU Creamery processes Cheddar and Cheddar-like cheeses and ice cream and sells these products in its ice cream shop. These products are manufactured and sold on a regular basis utilizing approximately 40-50 student employees and 12 permanent employees in both production and sales. The Creamery facilities are available for research and teaching purposes. The joint undergraduate program was approved by IFT in 2009. Each university has a dairy center for conducting research and teaching functions.

General Information:
The University of Idaho is the leading research university in Idaho and, like Washington State University is a comprehensive Land Grant university. The University of Idaho is comprised of 10 academic colleges with a total student enrollment of just over 11,600. An overview of the University of Idaho can be found at this website. Washington State University is one of only two research universities in the state. It is organized into nine colleges and has a total enrollment of 22,500 students. Of these, approximately 18,000 are on the main campus in Pullman. The two communities of Moscow and Pullman offer a friendly, small-town living environment and access to a rich assortment of cultural, recreational and athletic attractions. They combine a mild climate, clean air, excellent schools, affordable homes and a low crime rate. Moscow and Pullman (combined populations of about 50,000) are about 75 miles south of Spokane, WA and have a regional airport and lie close to recreational areas in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.



  • Completed Ph.D. in Dairy or Food Science, Microbiology, Biochemistry or related field.
  • Expertise in some aspect of basic science related to dairy products and by-products as functional ingredients on human health.
  • Ability to plan, conduct and publish innovative high quality research that can attract significant extramural funding to support basic science research in dairy foods.
  • Ability to publish research in major refereed journals.


  • At least one degree in Dairy or Food Science.
  • Knowledge in dairy processing and utilization of dairy products
  • Knowledge of current dairy technologies, regulatory requirements and product development.
  • Demonstrated ability and interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in dairy processing and dairy product evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate and work with faculty in interdisciplinary research.
  • Successful postdoctoral and/or industrial experience.
  • Evidence of strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively within individuals and groups of diverse cultures, backgrounds and ideologies.

To apply: . Be prepared to submit:
1) a letter of application addressing each of the required and preferred qualifications(Cover Letter)
2) complete curriculum vita (Curriculum Vitae)
3) names and contact information of four references we can contact and who will be willing to address your qualifications relative to this position (Reference Contact Info), and
4) copies of official college transcripts. (Other Document)

Questions regarding the position contact:

Boon P. Chew, Chair of the Search Committee,, Phone 509-335-1427

Questions regarding applications contact:

Barb Smith, email see below, Phone: 509-335-9103 or 509-335-5504  


  • Position:

Professor (Assistant)

  • Job Location:

99164-7040 Pullman, WA, United States of America (USA)

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