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Assistant Professor Fermentation Sciences
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Fermentation Sciences at Appalachian State University invites applications for a full time nine-month tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning on or after January 1st 2018. A successful candidate will demonstrate advanced knowledge of fermentation sciences and have experience or knowledge necessary to instruct courses in bioprocessing as related to food chemistry or food technology. The successful candidate will be required to integrate into Fermentation Sciences to be successfully considered for promotion and tenure. Integration in the form of teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and engagement in departmental activities will be considered; the successful applicant must be qualified in this regard. Professional and academic experience specific to fermented beverage production (beer, wine, or spirits) is critical. Faculty and Staff within Fermentation Sciences seek a team member to help diversify the student experience at Appalachian and contribute to the strength of the academic mission as well as the research objectives of the program. A successful candidate must be prepared to contribute to the growth and development of the Fermentation Sciences program through course development, student engagement and mentorship, industry outreach, and securing external funding.

Applicants must possess a Ph.D.in a discipline directly related to Fermentation Sciences (e.g. Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Beverage Science, Engineering) and demonstrated research or professional experience in the field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience teaching and mentoring research in the area of food fermentation and processing. Applicants with demonstrated experience in course development and curriculum development are also preferred. Teaching assignments will vary based on programmatic needs. The candidate must contribute to the Fermentation Sciences mission for outreach and service learning and will be responsible for generating income through competitive grants. He/she will hold office hours for students end perform the normal duties associated with teaching, including student advisement.

The Appalachian State University Department of Fermentation Sciences offers a B.S. degree in Fermentation Sciences and supports a concentration in Fermentation Sciences within the Department of Chemistry. The new undergraduate program was established in 2012 at Appalachian State University and supports a rapidly growing industry in the Southeastern US. Appalachian State University is a member institution of the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina. Located in Boone, North Carolina, the University has approximately 18,000 students, primarily in bachelors and masters programs in both liberal arts and applied fields. Appalachian has both a traditional residential campus and a variety of distance education programs. Additional information about Fermentation Sciences, the University, and surrounding area can be found on the University’s website (www.appstate.edu).

Applicants should send a complete application package consisting of: letter of application addressing relevant experience; current curriculum vitae; photocopies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references; letters from three references, a research statement, and a statement of teaching philosophy to:

Dr. Stephan Sommer (sommers@appstate.edu), Interim Director of Fermentation Sciences, Appalachian State University, 730 Rivers St., 108 Duncan Hall, Boone, NC 28608 (USPS to ASU Box 32163, Boone NC, 28608).

Complete electronic applications are accepted as a single file in pdf format only and can be sent to fermentation@appstate.edu.

Applications are due by November 15 for full consideration.

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Dr. Stephan Sommer (sommers@appstate.edu), Chair of the search committee. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the university’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.

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