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Job ID: 189802

Assistant Professor
University of Georgia

Date Posted Jul. 11, 2022
Title Assistant Professor
University University of Georgia
Athens, GA, United States
Department Food Science & Technology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Jan. 1, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Food & Nutritional Science
    Agricultural - General

Required Qualifications: The Department of Food Science and Technology at UGA is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to develop a Research and Extension program in the area of physico-chemical properties of food. A completed PhD in Food Science or a related field, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or equivalent program is required. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to obtain external funding to support their research program, excellent oral and written competencies, interpersonal oral skills, and a willingness to work in transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams.

Desired Qualifications: Postdoctoral or research history in a physical chemistry lab in a university or private/governmental enterprise is highly desirable. Evidence of inceptive success in publishing scholarly work, mentoring students, and writing grant proposals is also desirable. 

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will provide scholarship and leadership in food chemistry research and Extension activities on the Griffin campus. Specific responsibilities include: (1) establishing a strong record of scholarly activities and an extramurally funded research program; (2) direct MS and PhD degree students and postdoctoral researchers; and (3) develop an Extension program to complement the Food Product Innovation & Commercialization Center (FoodPIC) and existing Extension programs within UGA-FST. The successful candidate will actively participate in research, Extension, and service activities in the Department of Food Science and Technology including participation in global programs. The University of Georgia recognizes and supports interdisciplinary programs. As such, the ideal candidate will be encouraged to collaborate with other faculty members across the Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Family and Consumer Sciences. Possible research areas broadly include the physicochemical properties of foods, functional foods, understanding molecular/ structural basis of food properties, development of technologies and identification of food ingredients to improve functionality of major food components, including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and water, and their impact on texture, appearance, stability, and sensory attributes of foods. Research can involve basic principles and instrumental techniques of the physicochemical sciences to understand complex food systems and enabling high quality, shelf stable and safe foods. The individual in this position will be expected to achieve a record of scholarly activity as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, successful extramural funding, success in a recognized Extension program via workshops, Extension publications, engagement with clientele, and mentoring graduate students. Demonstrated expertise in food chemistry is preferred. A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is expected. 

  • The University of Georgia is an EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Institution. As such, we are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We not only strongly encourage women, minorities and other diverse candidates to consider applying for this position, but we also maintain that all candidates should share our commitment to diversity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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  • Dr. Koushik Adhikari
    Food Science & Technology
    University of Georgia
    100 Cedar Street
    Athens, GA 30602


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