Assistant or Associate Professor of Enology

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Ames, Iowa, is seeking applicants for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Enology (tenure-eligible). The Position Responsibilities are 55% Extension and Outreach, 40% research, and 5% teaching. The position will work closely with the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute (MGWII) which provides applied research and extension education to the grape and wine industry in Iowa and surrounding states. In collaboration with faculty in food science, horticulture and Extension and Outreach Field Specialists, the MGWII engages and informs vineyards and wineries with research-based information to advance the quality and marketability of wine from the Midwest.

For the Extension and Outreach effort, the candidate will develop and coordinate educational workshops, informational guides and online materials to enhance the production of quality wines within Iowa and surrounding states. For the research effort, the candidate is expected to conduct research in an area related to wine quality, production or processing, publish work in peer reviewed journals, seek external funding, and mentor graduate students. Forming collaborative research teams with faculty in food science areas of microbiology, sensory, chemistry and processing and with faculty in horticulture on grape production is expected. For the teaching efforts, the candidate is expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate courses in grape and wine science.

As a faculty member, it is expected participation in departmental and professional committees and organizations. 
All faculty members are expected to exhibit good citizenship and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior. A commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion is expected.

Required Education and Experience

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by start date in a discipline supportive of the job responsibilities, experience in wine production, and demonstrated ability to conduct research in enology.

In addition to the above, candidates for consideration at the rank of Associate Professor must meet University standards for appointment commensurate with such rank, including a strong research record as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications, successful grant funding, and experience with college-level teaching and or/extension education.

Preferred Education and Experience

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with collaborative research, demonstrated ability to conduct educational programming, experience in teaching, experience in securing extramural funding, and scholarly works related to enology.

Department/Program & College Description

Food Science and Human Nutrition is a comprehensive academic department with 34 tenure-track faculty and over 550 undergraduates with majors in Food Science, Culinary Food Science, Dietetics, Nutritional Science, Diet and Exercise and Nursing. Our graduate programs include MS and PhD options in both Food Technology and Nutritional Sciences. FSHNprovides excellent research facilities including chemical, sensory and microbiological laboratories, food processing pilot plants, and fermentation facilities. The department of Horticulture provides research facilities and greenhouses, and operates a research farm near campus. Faculty conduct research on fruits and vegetables, including viticulture. Iowa hosts almost 100 licensed wineries and over 300 vineyards. The MGWII supports the grape and wine industry of the state through educational, research and analytical services.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 34,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University‚Äôs Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSFADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

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Assistant professor / lecturer


138 Curtiss Hall, Ames, IA 50011

Ames , United States


United States



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