[ES_JOBS_NET] Food and Health Engineering at Michigan State University

Mitchell, Jade jadebmitchell at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 09:37:22 MDT 2015

Position: The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering in 
the College of Agriculture and
Natural Resources (joint with the College of Engineering) at Michigan 
State University (MSU) invites
applications for a 9-month, tenure system, assistant professor rank 
position in Biosystems and
Agricultural Engineering. The position is 75% research and 25% teaching, 
and may begin as early as
January 1, 2016. The focus should be an engineering approach to 
understanding and improving human
interactions with food and food systems, such as fate of nutrients, 
toxins, allergens, or microbes in the
human body, and their impact on individual and/or public health.

Responsibilities: This individual will conduct research focused on 
designing and modeling the fate of
foods, microorganisms, and chemicals in humans as individuals and/or in 
populations. Emphasis could
be on engineering analyses and modeling of various processes, such as 
digestive processes, the fate of
probiotics, foodborne pathogens, bioavailability of nutrients, and/or 
the design of functional foods and
processes to optimize health outcomes. The successful candidate will be 
expected to provide visionary
leadership to the emerging field of food and human / animal health 
modeling by developing a robust,
collaborative, externally-funded research program (e.g., NIH, NSF), 
advise graduate students, and publish
in peer-reviewed journals. Responsibilities will include teaching 
undergraduate and/or graduate courses
as well as course and curriculum development in biosystems engineering.

Qualifications: Applicants must have an earned degree in 
Biosystems/Biological Engineering,
Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely 
related discipline, with an
earned doctorate in one of those or a related field, and show evidence 
of excellence in research and
teaching. The successful candidate is expected to have strong 
communication skills. Postdoctoral
research and teaching experience, evidence of scholarly activities, and 
a demonstrated ability to obtain
competitive external grants in support of research and/or educational 
programs are desirable.

Application Procedure: Qualified individuals should submit a letter of 
application, a 1-page statement of
teaching philosophy, a two-page statement of research direction and 
interest, curriculum vitae, and names
and contact information for three or more professional references. 
Applications for this position should be
submitted online at https://jobs.msu.edu (posting # 2152). Review of 
applications will begin November
1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the 
position should be addressed to Prof.
Evangelyn Alocilja, Search Committee Chair, Department of Biosystems and 
Agricultural Engineering,
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1325. Telephone 
517-432-8672, E-mail:
alocilja at msu.edu.

As the premier Land Grant University, Michigan State University has 
strong interrelated programs across the
spectrum of food and health, and is committed to linking food, water, 
the environment, animal health, and
human health; biosystems engineering is at the nexus of the spectrum. At 
MSU, opportunities exist to
collaborate with faculty engaged in various aspects of food, nutrition, 
and human health, including the new
Quantitative Health Science and Engineering Institute. The Biosystems 
and Agricultural Engineering faculty
includes expertise in microbial food safety, biosensors, emerging 
pollutants and water quality, bioenergy,
and food and environment-based risk modeling and assessment. The highly 
collaborative and productive
faculty provides a very positive environment for professional growth and 
program expansion.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is 
committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce
and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full 
potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or
nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with 

Jade Mitchell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Michigan State University
Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering
524 S. Shaw Lane
Farrall Hall, Room 206
East Lansing, MI 48824
517-353-4544 (phone)
517-432-2892 (fax)
jade at msu.edu

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