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Faculty Position Announcement

Innovative Food Science for Quality, Safety and Health
Assistant, Associate or Full Professor Tenure Track position
Department of Food Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level. We are seeking outstanding candidates with expertise in any field of food science including

• Microbiology
• Biotechnology
• Chemistry
• Biochemistry
• Physical properties
• Sensory Science
• Packaging

Preference will be given to candidates who would potentially bring expertise to complement current research areas of food science faculty. A successful candidate will be expected to have a strong record in internationally-recognized and extramurally-funded research. Responsibilities will include developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in food science.

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Food Science or a related discipline. A strong interest in teaching/advising and strong oral and written communication skills are essential. The Department of Food Science places special emphasis on faculty-student interactions, participation in interdisciplinary activities, teamwork, cooperation, and industrial interactions. We share a fundamental commitment to attract and teach a diverse student body.

Review of the applications will begin on December 1, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement on their research and teaching philosophy and names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references who can evaluate their professional experience and record, teaching and research abilities directly to: pertaining to this position can be directed to Ron Labbe:

The Amherst Campus of the University of Massachusetts is part of the Five-Colleges Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The University and town offer rich social and cultural life, and diverse recreational amenities. We are 2 hours from Boston and 3 hours from New York City by car.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

The Fergus M. Clydesdale Center for Foods for Health and Wellness is Now Open!

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has opened its new $5.6 million, state-of-the-art Clydesdale Center for Foods for Health & Wellness, with support from top leaders in the food industry and alumni. The center features 7,800 square feet of new and renovated chemistry, microbiology and biology laboratory space for research in developing healthier and safer foods. The department is widely recognized as one of the best in the nation and it is also the oldest in the country, founded in 1918.

One of the top Food Science Ph.D. Research Programs in the US

The Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst was recently ranked one of the top food science Ph.D. research programs in the United States by the National Research Council.

The 2010 study evaluated graduate programs according to several criteria, including faculty research productivity (publications, citations, grants, awards), student completion rates, and diversity. We are extremely proud that our department was ranked first in three of the evaluated categories. View our top three rankings here.