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Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Food Animal Product Quality and Food Safety

University of Delaware
Delaware, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 14, 2024

Job Details

University of Delaware

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The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

Job No: 500699
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Animal & Food Sciences, Full Time

Context of Job

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences (ANFS) ( at the University of Delaware (UD) aims to enhance our department strengths in Food Safety, Animal Health and One Health by hiring an Assistant Professor of Animal Product Food Safety and Quality for Fall 2024. ANFS is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor (65% research, 30% teaching, 5% service) for a nine-month, academic-year appointment. A Ph.D. or DVM/VMD with relevant post-doctoral training or equivalent experience in an animal health-related discipline is required.

A successful candidate will develop an innovative research program that utilizes basic and applied research methods to address knowledge gaps and critical needs in pre-harvest animal agricultural systems. The department is seeking an animal scientist who works on pre-harvest technologies/approaches in animals to reduce post-harvest pathogens and public health hazards in the environment. The successful candidate’s research program may include a variety of approaches such as: diet manipulation including the use of probiotics; the development of models or diagnostic tools; novel management tools designed to reduce pathogen prevalence on-farm; or using genomic selection or immunomodulation (e.g. vaccines) of animals for resistance to human pathogens. Individuals with a focus on poultry research are encouraged to apply given the importance to the Delmarva area, and dairy, beef, and swine production researchers are also welcome to apply.

Teaching responsibilities will include 2-3 courses per academic year, including teaching core department courses and an advanced-level One Health-related course. The successful candidate will be expected to teach, advise undergraduates in academic and career planning, mentor undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral researchers, recruit students, and develop productive outreach collaborations. The University of Delaware is committed to the development of a diverse faculty, and the applicant should be committed to inclusive excellence in both teaching and research, and must have a commitment to excellence in scholarly research, teaching, outreach, and student mentorship.

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences, located in Newark and Georgetown, Delaware, is one of the four departments in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). This highly collegial department has faculty focused in the areas of animal sciences and food sciences who are actively engaged in the core research areas of infectious diseases, genomics, immunology, physiology, nutrition, and microbiology including food safety. The Animal and Food Sciences undergraduate program is a national leader with over 400 students enrolled, and we place a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research and discovery-based learning. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources includes a 350-acre agricultural experiment station and teaching farm, Allen Laboratory (biosafety level 3 facility), and the Lasher Diagnostic Laboratory. The primary research and teaching laboratory building (Worrilow Hall) recently underwent a $38-million renovation, providing state-of-the-art laboratories and core facilities for use by the successful candidate. The University of Delaware offers an attractive salary and benefits package (educational, health insurance, retirement), excellent work-life policies, and a competitive start-up package.

Additional Institutional Information

The University of Delaware’s main campus in Newark, Delaware, provides the amenities of a vibrant college town with convenient access to the major cities along the East Coast, within one hour of Philadelphia and Baltimore, and two hours of New York City and Washington, D.C. An Amtrak station is a short walk from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences’ buildings. An innovative leader in research and teaching, the University of Delaware (UD) combines a rich historic legacy with a commitment to undergraduate education and the latest advances in technology. State-assisted, yet privately governed, the University has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, research, teaching and service for the benefit of the larger society. Tracing its origins to 1743 and chartered by the state in 1833, the University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Engaged University with very high research activity. The University of Delaware is a well-endowed, state-assisted institution with selective admissions and a student body of more than 20,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students.

Application Process:

Review of application will begin January 16, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should electronically submit a letter of application addressing the required qualifications (up to 2 pages), a curriculum vitae, 3 representative reprints of original peer-reviewed research scholarship, and statements of research interests (up to 2 pages) and teaching philosophy (1 page) including diverse and inclusive learning. Letters of reference will be requested at time of application submission. Application materials submitted via email will not be considered. Submitted documents will be shared with departmental faculty.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from under-represented minorities and women. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at Employment offers will be conditional upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude a candidate from employment. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States upon hire.

Questions may be directed to the Faculty Search Committee Chair, Dr. Hong Li, at

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