Assistant Professor, Food Science Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech


Blacksburg, VA United States

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Assistant Professor, Food Science  

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This assistant professor position will develop a nationally recognized and extramurally funded multidisciplinary research program in functional foods. Emphasis on chemical and biochemical functionality and role in food quality and human health, especially related to obesity and chronic diseases is prioritized. The selected candidate will be expected to work collaboratively within the research and teaching programs in the department with an 80% research and 20% teaching appointment. Development of courses related to research interests and contribution to current departmental courses is expected.

The incumbent will work within the University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences established obesity cluster multidisciplinary program focusing on obesity management and prevention. The Virginia Tech Institute of Biomedical and Public Health Sciences has identified obesity-related research as one of its major initiatives and has substantial resources available to campus faculty actively involved in obesity-related research. Post doctoral experience desirable or other demonstration of success with competitive funding resources.

Required Qualifications

Doctorate in Food Science, Biochemistry or related science with research emphasis in function food components for increased health and wellness. The successful applicant will possess strong communication skills.  

Preferred Qualifications

Post doctoral experience, documentation of extramural funding, peer-reviewed publications, and evidence of potential for collaborative interdisciplinary research is preferred.  

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Review of applications will begin July 20, 2010 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and will include a start-up package and summer salary for the first two years of appointment.  

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Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, separate statements of research and teaching interests by using the University's online system at posting 0100312. Three letters of reference, academic transcripts, and copies of teaching evaluations if available should be sent to:

Sean F. O'Keefe
Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-4437; e-mail

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