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Assistant/Associate Professor of Food Science

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Agriculture

The Food Science and Nutrition Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking a full-time, academic year, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Food Science starting September 14, 2023. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The FSN department will have access to 6 new laboratories in the Boswell Ag Tech Center, a centerpiece of Cal Poly’s new $125 million William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation building, which will enable research and discovery to train tomorrow’s leaders in agriculture and food innovation (

The ideal candidate will have broad food science education including but not limited to expertise in the areas of quality assurance/control, food and beverage processing and their interrelationship with the development of foods and food safety. The department is committed to the role of sustainability across all aspects of food processing and welcomes applicants in this area.

The candidate’s primary teaching contribution will be in quality assurance/control and food processing; other teaching responsibilities will be in undergraduate and graduate courses that may include but are not limited to food packaging, food engineering, and introductory food science, as well as dairy/dairy alternative and meat science.

In addition to teaching, the successful candidate is expected to pursue research and professional activities. The candidate will establish and maintain positive collaborative relationships with industry and government stakeholders in the food science sector, and advise, mentor and involve undergraduate and graduate students in hands-on-learning and research activities. Service activities will include participation in department, college, and university committees and instructionally related activities. Expected to participate in curriculum development and program assessment and development. Participation in food science professional society at the local and national levels is expected.

Grade and salary commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated hiring ranges:
Assistant Professor: $82,000-$90,000
Associate: $90,504 -$99,000

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences, and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


  • Doctorate degree in Food Science, Chemical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered hands-on teaching and learning, both undergraduate and graduate.
  • Evidence of potential to develop a successful academic research program at Cal Poly involving undergraduate and graduate students, including external funding and publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings.
  • Engage with peers, students, industry, government agencies, California industry and the general public. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching, research, and/or service
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with proficiency in the use of the English language.  


  • Experience in quality assurance/control, food processing. 
  • Industry and/or regulatory/governmental agencies experience.
  • Record of excellence in teaching and research. 
  • University teaching experiences and knowledge of higher education pedagogy.

Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment. Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities. 


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and questions may be sent to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California. It is also expected that faculty establish an on-campus presence to fulfill their responsibilities. 


The Food Science and Nutrition Department has 12 full-time faculty, numerous part-time faculty, support staff, and approximately 600 students. FSN offers two majors – Nutrition and Food Science. The department hosts a dynamic and innovative Nutrition program that encourages national as well as international perspectives on teaching and research. The Department has strong connections with the stakeholders in California and research programs are developed in partnership with the Central Coast community and food industries along with commodity boards such as strawberry board. The Nutrition curriculum includes two concentrations: Applied Nutrition and Nutrition Science. The Applied Nutrition concentration is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Within our food science programs,our Culinology® program is Research Chefs Association approved and Advanced Food Science program is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists. The Department offers a MS in Nutrition, a MS in Food Science, a blended program (4+1) in Food Science and a Dietetic Internship program.  

The FSN department will have 6 new laboratories in the Boswell Ag Tech Center, a centerpiece of Cal Poly’s new $125 million William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation building, which will enable research and discovery to train tomorrow’s leaders in agriculture and food innovation ( 


Review begin date April 12, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by April 12, 2023 for full consideration; however applications received after this date may be considered. Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter addressing how the candidate meets the required and preferred qualifications; (2) resume/curriculum vitae; (3) unofficial transcripts of the highest degree; (4) statement of teaching philosophy; (5) goals and plans for research; (6) a statement describing the candidate’s experience(s) with diversity, equity, and inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to advance Cal Poly’s commitment to inclusive excellence (; (7) at least three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. The selected candidate will be required to provide sealed official transcripts prior to appointment for final consideration.

Inquiries can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Luis Castro 



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