Grain Science and Industry
Kansas State University
201 Shellenberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506


Position Openings

Department Openings


POSITION: Professor and Department Head, full-time, 12-month appointment

 LOCATION: Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

The Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University is seeking an entrepreneurial, visionary, creative, and pro-active leader for this unique and internationally recognized department. The Department is the only academic institution worldwide that offers three distinct undergraduate degrees in Baking, Feed, and Milling Science and Management; and M.S. and PhD. Degrees in Grain Science. Additional details about degrees, programs, and facilities are available at The department head is expected to be accessible, transparent, and be a consensus builder while providing leadership and vision in planning and supervising programs relevant to the department’s mission statement. Additionally, the head is to engage industry to help identify and respond effectively to global grain and commodities utilization industries’ challenges and opportunities. The head is expected to engage faculty in decision making, manage departmental budgetary and financial matters, assist in generating extramural support, and provide leadership in fund-raising. The head is expected to foster excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, extension, and other outreach efforts (i.e., International Grains Program, Kansas Wheat Quality Lab, Bioprocessing and Industrial Value Added Program). The incumbent will evaluate, counsel, and promote the professional development of faculty, staff, and students. The head is expected to work closely with department heads, college and university administrators, industry leaders, other universities, government, and public groups.   The head will lead through fostering funding opportunities, and retain and expand the department’s reputation as the global leader in grain and cereal science.

The Department Head is to provide leadership and administrative actions to:

- Administer personnel, facilities, and budgets
- Implement the department’s 2025 strategic vision and align resources to achieve strategic goals
- Recruit and retain excellent faculty, staff, and students that promote the department
- Promote and encourage professional development of faculty, staff, and students
- Develop and deliver programs in teaching, research, and extension
-Attract extramural funding to support research programs in the department and facilitate large multi-disciplinary federal-funded projects
- Enhance undergraduate and graduate student enrollment, retention, and financial support
- Raise funds to develop new facilities and enhance financial support for all segments of the department
- Maintain and promote quality and innovative international programs
- Communicate openly with faculty, staff, students, university administrators, and all stakeholders
- Create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, and ability to work in a multicultural setting     
- Facilitate the education of students through collaboration and in partnership with the grain supply chain industries

- Ph.D. or terminal degree in a discipline relevant to grain science and industry programs
- Eligibility to work in the U.S.
- Qualified to be tenured at the rank of full professor in the department
- Strong commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and extension
- Demonstrated exceptional leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Experience in management of budgets, personnel, and planning
- Ability to communicate effectively with technical and lay audiences and industry
- Strong commitment to expanding diversity in the department and college community
- Comprehensive knowledge of grain handling, storage, processing, and utilization
- Strong industry ties
- Proven record of securing grants

- Strong record of achievement in fund-raising
- Appreciation of the Land Grant System                 

SALARY AND BENEFITS: This is an unclassified position at Kansas State University. The salary will be commensurate with the qualifications of the applicant. The K-State benefit package includes a retirement plan, group health and life insurance, worker’s compensation, vacation, sick leave and other benefits. For additional information on benefits, see

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified persons are invited to apply by sending the following materials: (1) a letter of application, (2) a statement of the applicant’s leadership philosophy and vision and how his/her qualifications contribute to meeting the responsibilities of the position; (3) a complete curriculum vitae; and (4) the names of three professional references that include professional title, mailing address, telephone number, and email address for each. At least one of the references should be able to speak to the applicant’s ability or potential to supervise employees and manage an organization. Nominations of outstanding candidates are welcomed. Minority and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Initial nominations, inquiries, and applications will be kept strictly confidential. References will be contacted only after receiving approval from qualified applicants. Only the names of finalists who accept an invitation to interview will be made public. Background check required.

Nominations, letters of interest, and application materials should be sent to Ms. Dorothy Doan, GSI Department Head Search, Office of the Dean and Director, College of Agriculture, 114 Waters Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506. Electronic submission is preferred and should be sent to Questions and inquiries of interest may be made to the chair of the Search and Screening Committee, Dr. Curtis Kastner, Director, Food Science Institute, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506, Phone: 785-532-1234; Email:

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications begin May 9, 2014, and continues until the position is filled.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Background check required.


Position:  Event Coordinator/Assistant Services Coordinator - International Grains Program, 12-month term unclassified appointment (1.0 FTE Full Time)

IGP Associate Director Mark Fowler; IGP Director Dr. Dirk Maier

Summary: The position will support the IGP Services Coordinator in the planning, organizing and coordinating of administrative and organizational details regarding all IGP activities including registration, housekeeping, A/V and room set up, hotel accommodations; follow up with speakers and faculty at IGP events and compiling course materials.
This position is the primary point of contact for scheduling IGP building usage and responsible for the catering and hosting of events conducted at the IGP conference center. Meal planning for courses must take into account cultural and religious acceptance to the many international visitors to our program. This position will be required to be certified as a van driver to assist with the transport of course participants as needed. In addition, this position will be required to cross train on the IGP online registration system.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Support the IGP Services Coordinator in the planning, organizing and coordinating of administrative details regarding all IGP activities
•Have primary responsibility for the IGP catering kitchen and dining room including managing all inventory and keeping all equipment in working order
•Work with all course, workshop and event organizers and hosts in developing meal plans; arrange and prepare all catering and refreshment needs for courses and other IGP events
• Submit all hosting related receipts accumulated during IGP activities to the accounting office for timely processing
• Assist with the managing of inventory and supplies for courses
•Maintain order in the store and work room areas
• Assist IGP staff with travel planning and reimbursement
• Assist with marketing IGP Conference Center and facilities
•Host groups renting IGP Conference Center during the business day and after-hours
• Assist in the maintenance of the IGP online event registration site, including updating course information when requested
•Maintain IGP building calendar and schedules
• Assist IGP associate director as directed

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in office administration, event coordination or related field
• Three years of professional work experience
• Ability to interact with professional, multicultural audiences
• Strong verbal and written communication and customer relation skills
• Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines required
• Ability to work flexible hours starting before 8 am and staying after hours as necessary
• Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Ability to tackle new technology
• Strong organizational and logistical abilities

Preferred Qualifications:
• Bachelor degree in business, hotel and restaurant management, event coordination, communications, information management, or related field.
• Documented work experience in event coordination and budgeting
• Strong proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word
• Knowledge of how to manage information; survey clients and understand how to utilize survey results
• Foreign language skills in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic or other language of primary IGP customer groups

Application Procedure:
Applicants should provide a letter of interest, resume and names and contact information for three professional references. Screening of Applications will begin April 5. Please submit your applications electronically in PDF format to with Event Coordinator in the subject line.


Position: Distance Education and Communications Assistant Coordinator

International Grains Program (IGP Institute),College of Agriculture, Kansas State University

Position Description: The International Grains Program at Kansas State University is seeking to fill a full-time term position of Distance Education and Communications Assistant Coordinator.
The primary responsibilities of the Distance Education and Communications Assistant Coordinator will be to provide support to the expanding distance education initiatives for the International Grains Program as well as the growing communications efforts.
Support for distance will include collaboration with IGP and external stakeholders to develop new, non-credit, professional development distance and credential programs related to the grain, feed, milling and related industries. In addition, this position will be responsible for assisting in monitoring the development and implementation of new courses and programs, as well as tracking and reporting on program success. The position will utilize current technologies needed to effectively support a distance education program, and seek out new technologies and platforms for program delivery. This position will also be responsible for capturing and editing video to be utilized in distance education efforts, as well as in promotional communications.
Support for the communications initiatives will include providing support to the management and maintenance of print and electronic media for promoting IGP including, but not limited to, the IGP website, newsletters, and electronic distribution and mailing lists. In addition, this position will support implementation of comprehensive marketing plan using print and electronic media, incorporating both fee-based advertising and free advertising opportunities. This position will be responsible for assisting in the writing press releases, promotional materials and newsletters as well as provide directed support in developing marketing and promotional materials for internal and external communications, including but not limited to banners, tri-folds, invitations and signs as needed.
This position will also assist with the preparation of course materials as needed, cross-training on duties of staff coordinators and other duties as assigned. Support in other areas deemed necessary and fulfill other duties as assigned by the Associate Director, Distance Education Coordinator or Communications Coordinator will also be required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications, mass communications, marketing, public relations or related field.
Must be proficient in InDesign and Photoshop software along with Adobe or comparable video editing software, and possess excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Understanding of instructional design and distance course development.
Ability to be proactive and productive in a fast-paced, expanding outreach environment and be able to identify innovative solutions to problems.
Excellent organizational, project monitoring and evaluation and data management skills.
Experience using content management systems for updating and designing websites.
Experience with communication planning and mass media.
Strong commitment to expand and foster diversity and team work. Proven ability and commitment to work across multiple cultural environments.
Experience in writing for business and media.
Knowledge of the university policies and procedures and experience working in a university setting.

Application Procedure:

Qualified persons are requested to submit a letter of interest, a current resume and three letters references with their current contact information electronically in PDF format to with Communications Assistant Coordinator in the subject line. For information on the Department visit our web site at:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Kansas State University has an attractive benefit package that includes a retirement plan; group medical, dental, and life insurance plans, workers compensation; vacation leave; sick leave; and other benefits.

Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background Check Required.


 Position Faculty Position in Milling

Department of Grain Science and Industry – Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

Position: Bühler Instructor of Milling (75% Teaching, 25% International Grains Program)
Responsibilities: The Department of Grain Science and Industry seeks applications for a non-tenure-track, annually renewable position at the Instructor level in the area of milling science and management. The position is for the 9-month academic year, with the expectation for summer appointment.
As a member of the department’s faculty reporting to the department head, the successful candidate will teach existing undergraduate courses and laboratory sections in the Milling Science and Management (MSM) program. The successful candidate will bring relevant milling industry experience and expertise to teaching in the classroom, laboratory and pilot mill settings that are part of MSM courses. This instructor will also support related programmatic efforts such as student advising, student recruitment, curriculum development, and service on departmental committees. As a member of the department’s International Grains Program staff the individual is expected to collaborate effectively with the milling industry and develop and teach innovative short courses, workshops and training seminars. It is expected that the individual will seek extramural support to fund educational programming for industry professionals.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. in milling science, cereal science, process engineering, or a related discipline with a minimum of five years of direct experience in the flour or specialty milling (or related) industry including production or operating experience, maintenance supervision, and/or project management. Demonstrated ability to teach in a classroom setting or teaching industry professionals as part of company directed training or continuing education programs are a must. Demonstrated people and public speaking skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Appreciation and experience interacting with international audiences and foreign cultures. Ability to speak English clearly and to work in a multi-cultural setting. Strong commitment to fostering and expanding diversity and collegiality.

Preferred Qualifications: International industry related work experience, knowledge and expertise working in flour milling and grain processing. Able to lecture in Spanish.

Application Procedure: Qualified persons are requested to submit all application materials electronically to including a letter of application summarizing qualifications relevant to the position description, resume, official academic transcripts; one to two page summaries of teaching and outreach philosophies; copies of relevant publications, teaching materials; and have three letters of reference sent to Nominations of outstanding potential candidates and inquiries regarding this position are welcome, and should be directed to the chair of the search and screening committee.

Contact information: Mr. Mark Fowler, IGP Associate Director & Milling Specialist, Search and Screening Committee Chair, Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University, 201 Shellenberger Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-2201. Telephone: (785) 532-6161; Fax: (785) 532- 7010, E-mail:

Review of applications will begin: March 28, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. For additional information see


 Position Bioprocessing and Renewable Energy Laboratory Post Doctoral Follow Position

A Research Post-Doctoral Fellow Position is available in The Bioprocessing and Renewable Energy Lab in the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University in Manhattan Kansas. The Post Doctoral position is funded by a federally funded competitive grant, full time, 12-month, temporary position.

Responsibilities: Perform and collect experimental data based on design and statistically analyze the data; to prepare reports for the quarterly meetings and for funding agency, and manuscript for publications; to present research results at scientific conference; to prepare proposals; and to train graduate and undergraduate students for using equipment and instruments as needed, and have a strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity in the laboratory and in the department.

Qualifications: Ph.D. Degree in Biochemical/Bioprocess Engineering with strong Chemical Engineering background, including Bioprocessing, Biomass Processing, Process Engineering and other related fields. Prefer research experience in biomass processing, enzymatic and microbial fermentation, bio molecular engineering, chemical kinetics and modeling, process integration; with critical skills to operate chemical reactors and bioreactors; with instrumentation skills including GC, HPLC, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, and RSM design of experiments. The candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Experience in publishing scholarly papers in reputed peer-reviewed journals are required.

Application Procedure: Qualified persons are requested to submit a letter of interest with background experience; a resume and two listed references with their current contact information (name, title, affiliation, phone and email information); and an official academic transcript. Please submit your application electronically in PDF format to with Post-Doctoral #4855 in the subject line. For information on the Department visit our website at You may also contact Dr. Vadlani at:

Screening of applications will begin April 18, 2014 and continues until the position if filled.