The Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and of Animal Science at Michigan State University (MSU) are seeking applicants for an Academic Specialist (12-month, fixed term) specializing in meat science. The position has responsibilities for Teaching (55%), Extension/Applied Research (40%), and Service (5%). The position has responsibilities in the Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition (75%), and of Animal Science (25%).
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate meats courses and provide lectures in other relevant classes as needed, develop an Extension meat science program that interacts with the appropriate work teams within the Agriculture and Agribusiness and appropriate extension institutes, and collaborates on applied research projects relevant to the Extension role in an area of meat science. Opportunities to collaborate with faculty in the Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition, of Animal Science, and of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, as well as others exist. In addition, the successful candidate will provide supervision to personnel in the MSU Meat Laboratory and is expected to develop strong relationships with meat-/food-related industry groups, including the MSU Food Processing Innovation Center (https://www.canr.msu.edu/fpic/), through the applied research program and educational activities.
Teaching Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching Animal Science 201 (Animal Products; lecture, Fall and Spring semesters), Animal Science 201L (Animal Products Laboratory; Fall Semester), and Food Science 433 (Food Processing: Muscle Foods; lecture/lab, Spring semester).
Extension and Outreach Responsibilities: The successful candidate will serve as the liaison with the MSU Meat Laboratory (https://www.canr.msu.edu/meatlab/), conduct relevant workshops and/or short courses that serve stakeholders and the industry, and conduct applied research addressing needs of the meats industry.
Qualifications: Candidates must have at least an M.S. degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Meat Science, Food Science, Animal Science or a closely related field, with documented experience in meat science research. Prior research and/or industrial experience is highly desirable. Prior teaching experience, including a desire for involvement in student learning outcome assessment, is also highly desirable. The ability to work professionally with faculty, staff, and students from diverse populations is required. The applicant should possess a willingness to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
The successful candidate will join a vibrant, diverse and growing faculty team engaged in scholarly activity pertaining to food science, muscle biology, meat processing, meat product safety, and process optimization. The program is supported by modern USDA-inspected processing facilities, and state-of-the-art research laboratories.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Michigan State University provides its faculty and academic staff with a variety of benefits, which are among the best in academia. Among the most important are a retirement program, and health, prescription drug, dental, and life insurance coverages (http://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/).
Internal Number: 576024
About Michigan State University
As the pioneer Land Grant University, Michigan State University has strong related programs, and is committed to linking food, water, the environment, animal health, and human health. Its highly collaborative and productive faculty provide a very positive environment for professional growth and program expansion. MSU is a diverse community that provides regional, national, and international leadership in research, excellence in teaching (with an emphasis on international engagement), and a strong extension program that partners with diverse stakeholders to bring science-based responses to social and environmental challenges.
MSU is home to numerous institutionally supported core facilities, providing expertise and equipment in areas including, but not limited to genomics, metabolomics and proteomics; a biosafety level-2 pilot processing facility; large and small animal facilities; histopathology, drug discovery, high resolution in vivo imaging and microscopy.
With over 3100 miles of Great Lake shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes, 51,000 miles of rivers, 1300 miles of bike trails, Michigan (http://www.michigan.org/) is a four-season wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts. Michigan also b...oasts a robust local food movement, with over 200 wineries and 200 microbreweries. The MSU campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The region has numerous music and theatre offerings, with an active arts community that includes the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts and the Broad Art Museum.
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