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Open Department Positions

Research Professor Position(s) 

Research Assistant/Associate Professor

12-month, Full-time, Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Job #513385)

The Feed and Pet Food program within the Department of Grain Science and Industry seeks applications from qualified individuals for the position of Research Professor at the Assistant or Associate level in Pet Food Science. This is a 12-month non-tenure-track, annually renewable full-time (1.0 FTE) position with 80% research, 10% teaching and 10% service. The Pet Food Program was created in 2012 as an expansion of the Feed Science and Management degree and as a cross-campus faculty led program with partnership from the pet food industry. A new strategic initiative intends to expand the program overall with addition of research laboratory capabilities, dog and cat units, and personnel. Specifically, an additional faculty member is being recruited with special skills in pet food processing, safety and (or) nutrition. The successful individual identified for this position will be an ambitious and enthusiastic individual contributor and a team player with exceptional communication skills, an understanding of the pet food industry research needs, an ability to organize and execute research and publish scholarly works, and the ability to teach principles of pet food processing to students and industry professionals. Potential areas of research include, but are not limited to, pet food processing and engineering, pet food safety and risk mitigation research, new pet food development systems, nutrition of pet foods, alternative feeds/foods for companion animals, novel ingredients, sustainability in pet food production, and agro-industrial processing and value-added development opportunities with application in pet foods.

Essential Job Duties: The successful candidate will……

  • Seek and obtain extramural funding from the allied pet food industry, trade organizations, and (or) state and federal granting agencies.
  • Conduct scholarly research that addresses the needs of pets, owners, and the industry
  • Support undergraduate and graduate student research and teaching
  • Assist with the expansion of facilities and equipment capabilities.
  • Become an integral and engaged member of the Grain Science & Industry faculty

Review of applications begins: July 15, 2022. For best consideration, apply by August 1, 2022

For more information, contact Dr. Greg Aldrich at aldrich4@ksu.edu.

To apply, go to: https://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/513385/research-assistant-or-associate-professor


Research Assistant Position(s)

Research Assistant - Biomanufacturing Laboratory

Full-time, Unclassified Professional Staff, Term Contract (Job #512666)

The biomanufacturing lab in the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University seeks a Research Assistant to implement research in food, food processing, treatment of food processing byproducts, fermentation, and lab management. 

This position supports the execution of certain aspects of research projects following university research protocols. Screens and acquires subjects for study by collecting appropriate data from specified sources. Analyzes data, identifies specific criteria for studies, performs quality assurance to stay in compliance with regulations, participates in presentations based on studies and conducts literature research in support of publication efforts.

The candidate will assist in conducting research on food processing, fermentation of food processing byproducts (e.g., starch, wastewater, and protein)

The requirements of this position include:

  • Solid training in food processing
  • Strong background on yeast/bacterial fermentation;
  • Proficiency in both written and oral communication of scientific results;
  • Ability to publish peer-reviewed papers;
  • Ability to work effectively in a large, multidisciplinary team
  • Lab management and equipment maintenance

Review of applications begins: Immediately and continues until position is filled.

For more information, contact Dr. Yi Zheng at yzheng@ksu.edu.

To apply, go to: https://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/512666/research-assistant


Unclassified Professional Staff Position(s)

IGP Education Manager

Full-time, Unclassified Professional Staff, Term Contract (Job # 513427)

The IGP Institute in the Department of Grain Science & Industry is seeking an Education Manager.  This position will lead the management, design, expansion, and administration of the professional development distance education programs at the IGP Institute.

This position facilitates the development and delivery of professional non-credit courses and programs, professional development credentials, as well as some credit courses for the IGP Institute within the Department of Grain Science and Industry.  This position works closely with the external stakeholders including American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) as well as academic and industry partners to growing programming in the areas of grain, feed, milling and related areas. 

The ideal candidate is expected to form a strong alliance with the colleges of Agriculture and the Department of Grain Science and Industry faculty and to be able to identify and support content experts. In addition, this person works with entities across campus including Global Campus and Office of Mediated Education and is expected to represent the IGP Institute as requested on committees and project teams.

Essential Job Duties:

Program Administration and Management

  • Collaborate with IGP and external stakeholders to develop new noncredit professional development distance and credential programs related to the grain, feed, milling and related areas.
  • Leverage and present adult learning techniques to implement in program development process to faculty and content developers.
  • Identify potential non-credit professional development program opportunities in conjunction with other developing venues.
  • Monitor the development and implementation of new courses and programs as approved.
  • Develop and support assessment techniques to track and report on program success.
  • Utilize current and seek out new technologies and platforms for program utilization.
  • Manage the budget for the distance education programming, including seeking out additional funding sources to support program growth.
  • Supervise one full-time education coordinator employee.

Program Facilitation and Coordination

  • Coordinate the facilitation of delivery of distance courses and programs that are offered through IGP. This includes working with all departments within the college as well as external stakeholders.
  • Serve as the IGP distance education liaison. Handle concerns and problems of program participants as they relate to courses and programs.
  • Coordinate marketing and promotion efforts with appropriate contacts for all programs developed.
  • Meet the needs of participants, faculty, and other constituents in a timely manner as all aspects of the assigned load of programs are coordinated.
  • Monitor and update all internal web pages of assigned programs.
  • Prepare reports related to assigned programs.
  • Maintain official documents and records in an electronic format of all student participation and report as required.
  • Participate on related external work groups as they relate to program development.
  • Supervise 1-2 student interns.

This position is expected to work within internal networks to develop new courses and programs and to participate in external educational committees to develop and facilitate new courses.

Review of applications begins: Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by August 31, 2022.

For more information, contact Shawn Thiele at smt9999@ksu.edu.

To apply, go to: https://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/513427/igp-education-manager


Academic Program Specialist

Full-time, Unclassified Professional Staff, Term Contract (Job #513027)

The Department of Grain Science and Industry and the IGP Institute is seeking applications for an Academic Program Specialist. This position is a full time, 12- month appointment, term contract, renewable annually. The primary objective is to manage the education needs based on the agenda provided by professional development teams across local, national and international organizations.

This collaborative position works closely with the external stakeholders including academic and industry partners during the development and delivery of professional credentials, non-credit courses and programs.

This position will provide service related to the course contributor management, course content collection plus formatting process and building material distribution platform. Frequent communication with domestic and international participants plus contributors is expected. Communication will be through email, phone or web conference platforms.

Essential Job Functions of Position:

65% - Course development

  • Build courses in the Learning Management System using export/import feature or manually building Modules based on course layout template
  • Build file structure in cloud storage platform such as OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.
  • Follow up with speakers and faculty to collect course materials
  • Collect and reformat education documents utilizing the appropriate template
  • Collect and reformat PowerPoints utilizing the appropriate template
  • Collect, store, and share education materials and related files
  • Coordinate interpretation and translation services, documents and scheduling
  • Share course agenda with course contributors
  • Manage individualized calendar invitations for course contributors
  • Manage calendar invitations for virtual attendance participants

10% - Course delivery

  • Troubleshoot participant course access issues and escalate as needed
  • Troubleshoot course technology issues and escalate as needed

20% - Course data management

  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of education calendar
  • Collect, analyze, share and store lack of participant activity data
  • Ability to manage course attendance
  • Communicate completion status with participants in compliance with FERPA regulations
  • Collect, analyze, share and store completion files
  • Collect, analyze, share post course surveys

5% - Other Duties

  • Develop help guides for technology and processes, as needed
  • Ability to be certified as a van driver and to assist with transport of course participants
  • Respond, as deemed necessary, to fulfill other duties as assigned by the Distance Education Manager or Associate Director of IGP

Review of applications begins: Immediately and continues until position is filled.

For more information, contact Shawn Thiele at smt9999@ksu.edu.

To apply, go to: https://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/513027/academic-program-specialist

O.H. Kruse Feed Mill Operations Manager
About This Role:

The Department of Grain Science and Industry is seeking applications for a non-tenure track, 12-month appointment, annually renewable position serving as the Milling Operations Manager. This position will be responsible to manage the day-to-day operations of the O. H. Kruse Feed Mill.

Responsibilities and Activities include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Procure feed ingredients, receive feed orders from livestock units, schedule feed processing and delivery, and maintain computerized records of sales and financial management of the feed mill operation.
  • The manager is responsible for reporting monthly safety, financial, and production activities.
  • Maintain inventory control of ingredients, write bid specifications for ingredients, contact local grain producers, and assist faculty with formulation and regulatory questions.
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in good working condition.
  • Comply with FSMA and cGMP’s for a licensed feed mill.
  • Supervise and train students in safe and appropriate mixing of feed ingredients into finished animal rations and coordinate safe and efficient delivery.
  • Periodically assist with tours and visitors
  • Create an environment that fosters diversity and ability to work in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Comply with all Local, State, and Federal laws, and regulations
What You’ll Need to Succeed:
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree and three to five years of relevant experience
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Applicants should have a B.S. in milling science, cereal science, process engineering, or related discipline. 
  • Ability to manage the schedule; source and maintain suitable raw material inventory to meet demands for schedules and maintain clear and accurate records of activities.
  • Previous experience in feed manufacturing and processing.
  • Ability to lift 60 pounds, climb ladders, operate a fork-lift, and pallet jack with 2,000 pounds of material.
  • Demonstrated people and public speaking skills and excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to speak English clearly and to work in a multi-cultural setting.
  • 3-5 years of direct experience feed ingredients and feed processing equipment, including production or operations experience, maintenance supervision, and/or project management.
  • Experience in ingredient procurement. Experience in feed manufacturing research.
Other Requirements:
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.
  • Must have a Commercial Driver’s License or ability to obtain a CDL
How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Resume
  2. Letter of Interest with background and experience
  3. List 3 references with current contact information

Screening begins on October 31, 2022, and continues until position is filled

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Post Doctoral Position(s)


Post Doc - bioactive peptides and plant proteins

Full-time, Unclassified Professional Staff, Term Contract (Job #513807)

A Post-Doc Research Associate position is available in the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. This individual is expected to conduct both fundamental and applied research into bioactive peptides and plant proteins. The successful candidate will employ computational chemistry, wet chemistry, and instrumental techniques to identify, characterize, and develop bioactive peptides and protein hydrolysates for functional foods and nutraceuticals. The candidate may also conduct research on plant protein chemistry, modification, and functionality related to food applications and product quality. The individual is expected to prepare reports and manuscripts for publication, deliver presentations at scientific meetings and to stakeholders, write grant proposals, assist in training and supervising student researchers, manage lab facility, and perform other duties as requested by the PI. This is a full time, term position for 12 months with continuation contingent on the continued funding, satisfactory performance, and the need for the services.

The requirements of this position include:

  • PH.D in Chemistry biochemistry, food science/engineering, or relevant disciplines; a track record of research publications; proficient in instrumental skills such as LC/MS, GC/MS, NMR, column chromatography; experience in molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulation, data mining, machine learning, QSAR
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.
  • Self-motivated and able to conduct research independently
  • Able to communicate in English
  • Able to work in a multi-cultural environment as a team

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Prior research experience and knowledge of food protein modification, characterization, and application; experience and knowledge of rational design and application of functional peptides, peptide synthesis, in vivo studies, programming language (e.g., Python, R, shell script), and/or scientific software (e.g., AutoDock/ Discovery Studio, NAMD/ GROMACS).

Review of applications begins: Immediately and continues until position is filled.

For more information, contact Dr. Yonghui Li at yonghui@ksu.edu.

To apply, go to: https://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/513807/fellow-post-doc


Post Doc - starch chemistry

Full-time, Unclassified Professional Staff, Term Contract (Job #513808)

The Department of Grain Science and Industry is seeking applicants for a post-Doc position to conduct research in the area of starch chemistry. This is a full time, 12 months, benefit eligible position.  This position is contingent on continued funding, satisfactory progress, and need for service.

  The successful candidate will have:

  • Prior research experience and knowledge of starch or other carbohydrate polymer. 
  • Familiar with techniques to determine composition and structure of carbohydrate polymer.
  • To develop a quick and easy screen method to detect contamination of normal sorghum grains in waxy grain, evaluate and compare different method of determining amylose contents in sorghum grain/flour. 
  • Should have a strong track record of research publication in scholarly journals.
  • Is expected to write reports and manuscripts for publication and able to give presentation at scientific conferences.
  • Self-motivated to conduct research independently
  • Have a strong Background in emulsion science.

 Required qualifications include:

  • Ph.D. Degree in chemistry, biochemistry, polymer science, grain science, food science or relevant discipline and two years of relevant experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to speak English.
  • Must be able to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Review of applications begins: Immediately and continues until position is filled.

For more information, contact Dr. Yong-Cheng Shi at ycshi@ksu.edu.

To apply, go to: https://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/513808/fellow-post-doc

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