Advertised Employing Department: Food Science and Human Nutrition/Center for Crops Utilization Research
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) and the Department of Food Science Human Nutrition (FSHN) seek applicants for an adjunct assistant professor position focused on liaising with industry partners in the City of Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids is the home of many grain and food processing industries. CCUR and FSHN have unique research and testing facilities and expertise that relate to these industries. The liaison will serve as a conduit between the industries in Cedar Rapids and ISU to enhance processes, facilitate product development, and improve waste management. ISU and Cedar Rapids have formed a partnership to support this position. A detailed report on Cedar Rapids' food and biomanufacturing industries has been developed.
The Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) is a multidisciplinary research, development, and technology transfer program focused on new and sustainable processes, products, and markets for corn, soybeans and other Midwest crops. CCUR explores new food, feed, and non-food industrial uses for agricultural materials, and focuses on problem-oriented research directed at expanding Midwestern crop utilization. CCUR's mission is carried out in modern pilot plant facilities and research labs. CALS also operates the BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) that provides extended capabilities in fermentation, and biomass production and processing. The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) is a comprehensive academic and research unit administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Human Sciences (CHS). The department has over 40 faculty with a broad range of research expertise. The department hosts a wide range of research facilities including human and animal feeding and exercise testing, sensory analysis, and extensive chemical and biological instrumentation.
The position is 65% research and 35% outreach. It is a term-faculty appointment with opportunity for renewal and advancement. For the research effort, the Adjunct Assistant Professor will be expected to develop independent research projects that enhance sustainability of the Cedar Rapids food and biomanufacturing sector; build research partnerships between Cedar Rapids companies and ISU faculty and centers including FSHN, CCUR, and BCRF and seek out funding opportunities that will support research projects. For the outreach effort, the Adjunct Assistant Professor will engage with the Cedar Rapids industry partners on a regular basis to provide educational or training programs; and contribute expertise and counsel to the Iowa State University – Cedar Rapids Partnership Advisory Council.
The position requires exceptional skills in confidentiality as the candidate will be communicating on behalf of ISU with high-level industry personnel and researchers. Team and trust building is essential for success. Work will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Zhiyou Wen, Interim Director of the Center for Crops Utilization Research. As a member of the FSHN faculty, the Adjunct Assistant Professor will report to the FSHN Department Chair and participate in faculty meetings, events and discussions. The position is based in Ames Iowa, with the expectation of frequent travel to Cedar Rapids Iowa.
Required Education and Experience:
A PhD in food science, agricultural, chemical, biological or food engineering, or related discipline and evidence of leadership is required.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Demonstrated success in grant writing; Work experience in food or grain manufacturing; Experience with industry-university partnerships; Demonstrated success in collaborative projects.
Three year-appointment from start date with the possibility of renewal.
Review of applicants will begin on October 12, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.