Assistant Professor

Washington State University - Pullman, WA4.3

Full-timeEstimated: $65,000 - $88,000 a year
The position is primarily research and teaching with the expectation of contributing to outreach and extension activities. The successful candidate is expected to establish a record of excellence in both scholarly and educational activities, as well as competitive and independent research and teaching programs.

The candidate will write proposals to secure extramural funds from state, regional and national grant sources, private foundations and companies. The program must be based on stakeholder needs and effectively integrate research with other disciplines such as electrical engineering, food, materials, computer and health sciences.

The candidate will disseminate research findings by publishing results in peer-reviewed scientific journals and delivering presentations at scientific conferences and stakeholder meetings, and using the web-based and other communication platforms.

Other responsibilities include advising graduate and undergraduate students, mentoring student activities/organizations, and serving the university, college, department and professional organizations.

Additional Information
WSU has an opening for a full-time tenure-track, assistant professor to join our food engineering team. The successful applicant will develop a nationally-recognized and regionally relevant program focused on developing sensor-based solutions to address food safety and quality in support of e-commerce for food delivery. E-commerce has changed the way many consumers purchase food and this has created a unique set of challenges for food manufacturers and distributors on how to deliver products to a person’s doorstep. Additionally, as consumer lifestyles and food preferences change, food manufacturers and distributors need to provide safe and nutritious high quality foods which meet regulatory requirements into the evolving delivery systems.

The food engineering team in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University is recognized for developing novel food processing and packaging technologies for manufacturing safe, high quality, ready-to-eat meals with extended shelf-life. The food engineering program is supported by two food processing pilot plants and four laboratories. BSE Food Engineers have a long history of working with the US Army Natick Soldier Center, NASA and private food and polymer companies. We are looking for a well-qualified and experienced individual who wants to be part of this nationally and internationally recognized food engineering program.

View the Benefits overview for information regarding competitive benefits available.

Anticipated Start Date 08/16/2019 Tenure Track Yes Full-Time/Part-Time Full Time Appointment Status Permanent Position Term in Months 12 Monthly Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience. Required Qualifications
1. Earned Ph.D. in Food Engineering, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, or closely related field by the time of hire/offer.

2. Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in food engineering; and sensor technology, food science, or related engineering field.

Preferred Qualifications
1. Minimum two (2) years of postdoctoral or professional/industry work experience in related engineering field.
2. Demonstrated knowledge and research experience in sensing technology related to food safety and quality
3. Demonstrated experience in developing and/or delivering undergraduate and graduate courses.
4. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with industry, regulatory and governmental agencies.
5. Evidence of grantsmanship and project management.
6. Evidence of scholarship through publications in peer reviewed journals and conference presentations.
7. Record of active participation in academic and/or professional organizations.

Background Check Yes
Posting Detail Information
Type of Recruitment Open Recruitment
Posting Open Date 01/28/2019
Screening Begin Date 04/01/2019
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled (overrides close field) Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Screening of application materials will begin April 01, 2019 and will continue until position is filled.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: a detailed letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications, a current curriculum vita, a statement of vision for the food engineering program(Upload as “Teaching Statement”), names and contact information of three (3) people willing to serve as references, and a scanned copy of official transcripts (uploaded as “Other”) to facilitate screening.

For questions about the position contact:
Dr. Shyam Sablani, Search Committee Chair, 509-335-7745,

EEO Statement
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

Posting Number 20152492F