This is a 12-month, tenure track position consisting of a 100%
Research appointment. The primary function of this position will
be, as one of the core team members of the ESPL, to develop an
aggressive engineering-based research program that is supported by
externally competitive and other grants to enhance aquatic food
processing yield, food product diversity, food safety and quality
and to provide solutions to engineering problems encountered in the
aquatic food industries.
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Coastal Research and Extension Center serves as Mississippi State
University’s “southern exposure”. This position is located at the
Experimental Seafood Processing Center (ESPL) of the Coastal
Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS, and is
administratively associated with CREC with an academic home in the
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (DABE).
Area of Specialization:
Food Machinery Engineering - Aquatic Foods
Tenure Track Status:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties will include the development of an internationally reputable
aquatic food engineering program, particularly in food processing
This position will be based in Pascagoula, MS. The successful
candidate will interact cooperatively with other faculty at CREC
and DABE and support the ESPL research program led by the Director
of the ESPL.
The position will interact with the aquatic food and other relevant
food processing industry, government and non-government funding
agencies to obtain funding from federal, regional and state
competitive grants and other sources to address specific problems
encountered by clientele.
The position will present findings in relevant scientific meetings
and publish peer-refereed journal articles to demonstrate
competency and program efficiencies.
The position will obtain funding to employ graduate students or
The position will actively participate and provide leadership in
the service activities of professional societies/organizations and
in appropriate intramural committees.
An earned Ph.D. in engineering, agricultural and biological
engineering or food manufacture engineering. The engineering
background must be able to be clearly substantiated by college
transcripts containing fundamental engineering courses and
appropriate engineering dissertation. In addition, acceptable
candidates must have outstanding English verbal and written
communication skills and have record of peer-reviewed publications.
The successful candidates should enjoy working with machinery
improvement and development, have a strong enthusiasm in aquatic
food research and have a creative mind, and are willing to be a
part of a collaborative multidisciplinary team to help build a
strong aquatic food research center.
ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):
Have experience in mechanical or electrical engineering. Food
processing equipment making or repair. Demonstrated record of
extramural funding and rich experience in work related to food
machinery engineering is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The individual should be self-motivated, fit well in a
multidisciplinary team environment, and exhibit excellent oral and
written communication skills. Can obtain research grants and
publish in high-quality peer-reviewed literature to develop and
maintain a strong research program.
Salary based on successful applicant's qualifications.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Ability to work indoors and outdoors in a range of weather
conditions. Ability to obtain a valid MS state driver’s
Instructions for Applying:
Apply online at www.jobs.msstate.edu by submitting a cover letter,
vitae, statement of research interest and career goals, copy of all
college transcripts*, and three references (names and e-mail
addresses and phone number) to:
Dr. Sam Chang, Professor and Director of ESPL
Coastal Research and Extension Center
*Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts
should be redacted prior to submitting online.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age,
sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender
identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status
protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and
applications from women, members of any minority group, and others
who share our passion for building a diverse community that
reflects the diversity in our student population.