Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Packaging
Lowa State University
United States

Position Title:

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Packaging



Appointment Type:




Job Description:

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at Iowa State University is accepting applications for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Sustainable Food Packaging. The position entails responsibilities in research (65%), teaching (30%), and service (5%). The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent research program with external funding, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with current FSHN faculty in broadening the sustainability scope of food, food waste, and packaging systems. Additionally, the successful candidate will be responsible for teaching core curriculum courses in food science, including food chemistry, food analysis, and food processing/engineering. Institutional service to the department, college, and university is also expected.


Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community. We are committed to the retention of new faculty and as such the successful candidate will be provided with a faculty mentor within the home unit, benefit from peer/mutual mentoring opportunities, and have access to university programs such as the External Mentor Program.


Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Food Science, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Packaging, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related field

  • Demonstrated evidence of scholarly productivity such as publications and grant writing


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise and background in food packaging with a focus on sustainability

  • Demonstrated evidence of student-centered teaching and knowledge of educational technology

  • Demonstrated evidence of effective communication

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and supervise junior scientists effectively

  • Demonstrated evidence of effective teaching in core food science courses


The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

at Iowa State University is renowned nationally and internationally with a strong focus on research, teaching, and extension. The Department offers comprehensive undergraduate programs in Food Science, Culinary Food Science, Nutritional Science, Dietetics, Diet and Exercise, and Nursing. It also provides graduate programs in Food Science and Technology, Dietetics, and Diet and Exercise, and supports interdepartmental graduate programs in Microbiology, Nutritional Science, and Toxicology. The department is supported by the College of Human Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Department boasts excellent facilities, including the Packaging Research Labs and the Polymer and Food Protection Consortium, which are among the largest and best-equipped in the country. These facilities have dedicated packaging resources and operate out of 10 laboratories with industry support. The state-of-the-art laboratories feature pilot-scale packaging manufacturing equipment, material waste processing equipment, simulation space for hot/cold display cases, and advanced instrumentation for packaging analysis and characterization. The ISU campus also provides a wide range of analytical services


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Description:

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Iowa State University is one of the world's leading institutions of agriculture, with more than 160 years of leadership in science, education, and extension. The College educates future leaders, conducts mission-oriented research, and shares new knowledge for the betterment of Iowa and the world. Iowa State plays a leading role in meeting the ever-growing demand for highly qualified students who will become the next generation of industry leaders and educators in Iowa, the nation, and the world.





Proposed Start Date:

January 1, 2024



Number of Months Employed Per Year:

09 Month Work Period



Time Type:

Full time



Application Instructions:

Application Deadline: The review of applicants will begin on August 1, 2023 and applications must be received before then for guaranteed consideration. However, the position will remain open until filled.


To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) A cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications
2) Copy of official graduate transcripts
3) Statement of research interests and plans for extramural funding

4) Statement of teaching philosophy and interests

5) A curriculum vitae including names and complete contact information for three references

For further information contact the search committee chair, Dr. Keith Vorst at 515-294-6957. If you have questions regarding this application process, please email  or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Why Choose ISU?
Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:
• Retirement benefits, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;
• Generous leave plans;
• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);
• Life insurance and long-term disability;
• Flexible Spending Accounts;
• Various voluntary benefits and discounts;
• Employee Assistance Program;
• Wellbeing program.



Original Posting Date:

May 31, 2023



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