Assistant/Associate Professor and Fermentation Specialist

Closing Date: 04/02/2024



The University of Tennessee, Department of Food Science invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track Fermentation Specialist. The position will be offered at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on the candidate’s qualifications. The successful candidate will be a key member of the department’s Extension and teaching programs with a 70% UT Extension appointment and a 30% teaching appointment in the Herbert College of Agriculture. 

Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate practical, science-based educational programs for producers, processors, and consumers that will benefit the Tennessee food and beverage fermentation industries; Independently and collaboratively work with other faculty, UT Extension agents and Specialists, key partners, and stakeholders; Be an active leader/team member in Food Science and cooperate with UT Centers (as appropriate) for educational program delivery; Contribute to youth food and fermentation science educational programs (as appropriate) and provide training to county Extension agents and volunteers; Serve as a resource for UT Extension agents and TN agricultural agencies; Cultivate a working relationship with stakeholders in fermentation-related applications including but not limited to fermented beverages (craft beer, wine, and distilled spirits), food ingredient recovery (via fermentation) from food biomass, novel fermentation processing/products. Secure extramural funds through grants, fee-based programs, and gifts; Develop and disseminate information via articles, radio, television, internet, and other media platforms; 


For questions about the position, please contact the chair of the search committee Dr. Mark Morgan, The University of Tennessee, Department of Food Science, 2510 River Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4539, Phone: 865-974-7499; Email: