Assistant/Associate Professor - Extension Food Processing Specialist

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Posting Number F0905P Working Title Assistant/Associate Professor - Extension Food Processing Specialist Department CAES-Food Science & Technology About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences ( CAES ) is among the best and most established U.S. colleges of agriculture. In its classrooms, its Agricultural Experiment Stations, and its statewide network of UGA Cooperative Extension offices, the faculty, and staff of CAES are dedicated to discovering, teaching, and delivering the science required for healthy living to flourish in Georgia. Agricultural and environmental sciences are only as important as the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and the water and air around you. To improve the quality and guard the safety of life’s necessities, CAES has gathered world-renowned scientists and exceptional students.

College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Minorities & Females Advertised Salary Anticipated Start Date 01/01/2022 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 06/14/2021 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications received by August 1, 2021, will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants must submit: (1) a letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) graduate transcripts; (4) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four professional references that the search committee may contact; and (5) one-page summaries outlining their Extension and Research visions in order to be considered for this position. Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. William Kerr ( The selected candidate will be required to submit to a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.

Location of Vacancy Athens Area EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, 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 (

Position Details

Classification Title Open Rank FLSA Faculty Rank Open Rank (Tenure Track) Contract Type Academic (9 mo.) Tenure Status Tenure Track Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in food, agricultural, bioprocess engineering, chemical engineering or related field is required.

Position Summary

The Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to develop an Extension and Research program in the area of food process engineering. The Department seeks applicants with expertise in food process engineering for an Extension faculty member with a secondary appointment in Research. The individual will support and advance the food and beverage industries in Georgia through expertise in processing/preservation technologies. Complimentary areas beneficial for the position include packaging systems, ingredient technology, toxicology, regulatory guidance, or microbial-based manufacturing. The University of Georgia recognizes and supports interdisciplinary programs. As such, the incumbent will be encouraged to collaborate with other faculty members across the Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Family and Consumer Sciences. The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized Extension program that supports current Georgia-based food industries as well as aids new and developing food companies. The successful program may include seated and/or distance education workshops, independent and collaborative research that addresses stakeholder needs, and collaboration with faculty in fields related to business and marketing to fully support food entrepreneurs including food process approvals. With the growing number of food industries, there are many opportunities for the candidate to provide processors with the latest scientific and technical innovations to support the success and growth of their businesses. Research areas may include thermal and non-thermal processing, beverage production, fermentations, and/or packaging.

The preferred start date is January 1, 2022.

Additional Requirements

For the rank of Assistant Professor, candidates do not need a minimum number of years in a lower rank unless the initial appointment was at the instructor level at the University of Georgia (

To be considered at the rank of Associate Professor, candidates must have at least 5 full years in rank at the Assistant Professor level before the start date. Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure of Academic Rank Faculty can be found here: Discipline-specific criteria and procedures for promotion and tenure can be found at:

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

Expertise in the food/beverage industry is a plus.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to obtain external funding to support their research and extension program, excellent oral and written competencies, interpersonal skills, and a willingness to work in multidisciplinary teams.

Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


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Applicant Documents
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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. List of References with Contact Information
  5. Public Svc/Extension Philosophy
  6. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
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