Climate-Smart Food and Ag Systems Engineering

Friday, March 11, 2022
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Assistant Professor-Tenure-track
Job Institution: 
Michigan State University
Job Description: 

Position description: The Department of Biosystem and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) at Michigan State University invites qualified applicants for three full-time, academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor positions under the general theme of Climate-Smart Food and Ag Systems Engineering. Various combinations of assignments across the mission areas of research, teaching, and extension/outreach are possible, with the expectation that the primary area for all three positions will be research. The projected start date for each position is August 16, 2022.

The mission of the department is to improve the quality of life by integrating and applying principles of engineering and biology to systems involving food, environment, energy, and health. We invite applications from highly motivated individuals who can complement the mission, expertise, and current strengths of the department in teaching, research, extension, and service.

Applicants from all areas of biosystems and agricultural engineering are encouraged to apply, but we have a particular interest in increasing our capacity to deliver solutions to local, state, federal, and global stakeholders through the following priority areas:

  • Data Systems for Food Safety and Security
  • Smart Ag Systems for Specialty Crop Production
  • Microbiome Engineering for Food, Energy, Environment, and Health Systems

Successful candidates are expected to build nationally recognized, extramurally funded research programs with a systems emphasis, integrating across or at the intersections among food, energy, environment, water, and health. The successful candidates are also expected to collaborate effectively with biosystems engineering faculty, and extensively with colleagues within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension, the College of Engineering, and other departments on campus, as well as with outside stakeholder groups.

Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate training/experience sufficient to teach core undergraduate biosystems engineering courses, as well as graduate-level courses. In addition to sustaining an active research program, the faculty will be responsible for teaching and mentoring graduate/undergraduate students, serving on departmental, college, and university committees, and engaging in service through professional networks and organizations.

Required qualifications: An earned Ph.D. in Biosystems/Biological/Agricultural Engineering or closely related field relevant to the priority areas above. A demonstrated record of research, teaching, and/or extension/outreach experiences. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability and commitment to work cooperatively with colleagues across disciplines and develop a collaborative scholarly program at the intersections of food, energy, environment, and health.  

Desired qualifications:

  • The successful candidates should provide evidence of commitment and dedication to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population preparing for careers in research, policy, and/or practice in academia, industry, or government.
  • The candidates will demonstrate capability to develop a scholarly program at the interface of engineering and biological sciences.
  • The candidates will have a record of research funding or demonstrate potential to secure competitive funding from agencies such as the USDA NIFA, NSF, NIH, USAID, EPA, foundations, etc.
  • The candidates will have evidence of peer-reviewed publications and the ability to establish stakeholder partnerships.

The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE): BAE is a national leader in education, research, and outreach. The department has been fully engaged in meeting the changing needs of society since 1906, with a current mission to improve the quality of life by integrating and applying principles of engineering and biology to systems involving food, environment, energy, and health.  

Location: The positions will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA. Michigan State University (MSU) is one of the top research universities in the world and home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs. MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, and scientists that provide regional, national, and international leadership in basic and applied research and excellence in teaching. In addition, consistent with its Land Grant origins, the MSU community pursues international engagement and provides strong extension programs that partner with diverse stakeholders to provide much needed research in the areas of food, energy, water, and the environment. MSU enjoys a park‐like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of >500,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Engineering at Michigan State University are committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer and are particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. Candidates are invited to view the Department Community Norms at

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. MSU offers a generous benefits package (details at

To Apply: For consideration, submit your application online at to job number 509674.

Review of Applications: The search committee will begin reviewing applications on March 21, 2022 and continue until all suitable candidates are selected.

Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Jade Mitchell, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA,

MSUisanaffirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from, and nominations of, women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals who can contribute to the intellectual diversity and cultural richness at Michigan State University. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.