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Food Manufacturing Engineer

Biological Systems Engineering
Lincoln, Nebraska
Posted Date
Jul 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Departments of Biological Systems Engineering and Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) are seeking applications for a Food Manufacturing Engineer position at the assistant or associate professor rank. This 9-month (academic year), tenure-track appointment will advance the food-manufacturing sector through developments and innovations for systems that will enhance consumer safety and confidence, economic viability and sustainable hygienic improvement in food manufacturing. The apportionment for this position is 55% research and 45% teaching.  

The incumbent is expected to maintain a high impact, nationally and internationally recognized, externally supported research and teaching program, contributing as an effective scholar and citizen to the integrated (extension, research, and teaching) land-grant mission of Biological Systems Engineering, Food Science and Technology, and IANR, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy. 

Research conducted by the incumbent will develop expertise and know-how related to aspects of food manufacturing including, but not limited to, implementation of hygienic design as directed by risk analysis, root cause analysis, continuous improvement and cleanability validation for facilities and equipment, sustainable use of water and energy, and utilization of novel detection and monitoring methods for allergens, microorganisms and other contaminants. To deliver on this research, the incumbent is expected to seek and establish effective disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations including effective integration with research groups, extension action teams, and educational programs such as food safety specialists, The Food Processing Center, as well as other Biological Systems Engineering, Food Science and Technology, IANR and University of Nebraska faculty members; connect with stakeholders, agency, and/or industry partners to strengthen research and educational programming; effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for research and teaching activities; mentor graduate students; publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities; and translate research-based information into learner-centered products. 

Teaching contributions include teaching courses in food manufacturing and food and biomaterial processing to support and train undergraduates entering the food and bioproducts manufacturing profession – as well as recruiting, advising, and mentoring. Specific course assignments may change according to program needs.

In the area of work covered by the position, the incumbent is expected to seek and establish effective disciplinary and trans-disciplinary collaborations including integration with local stakeholders, complementary research groups, extension teams, educational programs, and other partners. The incumbent is expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university levels. 

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR), Biological Systems Engineering, and Food Science and Technology are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups including racial and ethnic minorities, women, sexual minorities, persons living with disabilities, and veterans.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Food Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related field.  
  • Experience and expertise in research/development of food processing systems.
  • Capability for teaching/instruction of food engineering courses at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Extensive ability to engage in collaborative research. 
  • Experience writing competitive federal grants.
  • Experience in course design, development, and management at the graduate and undergraduate level.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with emphasis on communication with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Evidence of work with diverse or underrepresented communities or groups.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and create an application, go to, requisition F_210197. Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions; 2) your curriculum vitae; 3) contact information for at least three professional references; 4) statements that describe your philosophy and approach to teaching and research; and 5) a statement of the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum). Please note, the statements (items 4 and 5) will need to be combined into one document.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

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