Assistant/Associate Professor – Fermentation Sciences/Biomanufacturing

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana campus
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
October 11 2017
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Full Time
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Position: Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor (9-month) position at Purdue University with research and teaching responsibilities in an area related to fermentation sciences, biomanufacturing, or bioprocess engineering using microbial, plant or mammalian cell-based systems.  The successful candidate will join a 23-member faculty in the Department of Food Science on the main campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Science (e.g. Food / Biochemistry / Molecular Biology / Microbiology / Pharmaceutical), Engineering (e.g. Biochemical/ Chemical / Biological), or other closely related field. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to lead a research program in novel and sustainable manufacturing processes related to fermentation sciences and synthetic biology for scalable production of food and other bio-based materials.  Skills related to effective teaching, communication, and problem solving as well as the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams are required.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized research program in the design and use of biological systems for scalable production and downstream processing of specialty products found in the food, pharmaceutical, and/or chemical industries.

As an active member of the Department of Food Science, with joint appointment in the Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE), the successful candidate will directly support the Fermentation Science Minor Program and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Food Science. The candidate will be expected to secure extramural research funding, to develop collaborative research projects, to advise graduate and undergraduate students, to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, to engage in departmental, college and university-level service activities, and to participate in national and international professional activities.

This position stems from Purdue’s “Next Generation Manufacturing” initiative, and as such, the successful candidate will contribute to shape Purdue’s vision and agenda in manufacturing by joining a group of faculty from the Colleges of Engineering, Science, and Agriculture, the Polytechnic Institute, Discovery Park, and the Krannert School of Management.

The Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked number eighth globally in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do.  The College has 11 academic departments and includes 325 faculty, 2782 undergraduate students, and 690 graduate students. The College’s strategic plan can be accessed at

Appointment and Salary: Assistant or Associate Professor (9-month appointment; tenure-track). Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

Application: The Department and College are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – Submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references and a statement of research and teaching interests to the address below. 

Dr. M. Fernanda San Martin, Search Committee Chair

Purdue University - Department of Food Science

745 Agricultural Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2009

Phone: (765) 496-1140   Email:


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