Position Description: The University of Missouri seeks a talented full-time Assistant Professor and State Extension Specialist in Food Processing. This position is funded through the University of Missouri Extension and the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, and will be academically housed in the Food Science Program of the Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering. The position is offered as a twelve-month, tenure-track at the Assistant Professor rank with a split appointment between extension (70%) and research (30%).
Extension Responsibilities: The candidate will be responsible for coordinating and conducting food processing and safety extension activities for the state that would enhance the value of Missouri agricultural commodities. He/she is expected to work closely with other Extension colleagues in Missouri and neighboring states, the Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri growers, farmers and other stakeholders to advance and support food processing efforts and activities particularly for value-added food products.
Some of the duties include:
Act as the Process Authority that will serve food manufacturers in Missouri by reviewing, guiding and issuing process review letters for new food products that meet state and federal licensing requirements for the production of safe food.
Develop and implement training and education programs that are related to the Food Safety and Modernization Act, including Preventative Controls for Human and Animal Food and Produce Safety Rules, and the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System.
Develop formulations, processing guidelines and nutrition labeling guidelines for new food products manufactured by Missouri food processors and entrepreneurs.
Provide lab testing as a fee-for-service to food manufacturers to confirm that industry, state and federal requirements are met, and respond to food manufacturer inquiries or questions related to food processing and safety.
Research Responsibilities: The candidate will be expected to develop a nationally-recognized research program in food processing that will complement and build upon existing food science research activities in the Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering. He/she will conduct research that will result in a successful, externally funded program to attract graduate students, industry partners and intra/inter-institutional collaborations.
Minimum Qualifications: Earned Ph.D. degree in food science, food engineering or food microbiology.
Preferred Qualifications: Excellent written and verbal communication skills to facilitate extension and teaching activities. A thorough understanding of food safety and processing and strong knowledge of food regulations at the state and federal levels. Industry experience is a plus.
Benefit Eligibility: This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits Diversity Commitment: The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.