Research Assistant Professor and Manager, Olathe Sensory and Consumer Research Center

Kansas State University

United States

December 23, 2021


Research Assistant Professor and Manager, Olathe Sensory and Consumer

Research Center

Apply now Department: 3670053010 K-State Olathe Job no: 511159 Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month Location: Olathe, Kansas Categories: Administrative / Professional, Executive / Director / Management, Health Profession, Nutrition, Food Safety, Food Science Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health is seeking applications for a Research Assistant Professor and Manager, Olathe Sensory and Consumer Research Center.

The Sensory and Consumer Research Center is part of the Sensory Program at Kansas State University in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health. This position is ideal for an entrepreneurially-oriented professional with industry experience to help further develop consumer-based research and University-Sensory industry partnerships. This will be a 12-month, 100% grant/contract funded, term, non-tenure track position at K-State Olathe. The Center is an integral part of the mission of the Olathe Campus related to Food Safety and Security and Animal Health. The individual will report to the Department Head of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.

This individual will be responsible for the day-to-day acquisition, management, and implementation of contract consumer research studies. Other expectations for this position may include teaching courses, developing workshop series, writing grants, assisting with descriptive studies, and supervising students and part-time staff to conduct research studies. This individual will collaborate with Olathe staff responsible for K-12 relationships in the local community and conduct studies better suited to the Olathe/Greater Kansas City area. This person is also expected to collaborate on multi-disciplinary funding opportunities.

Specifically, the individual will:

  • As a Manager of the Sensory and Consumer Research Center this individual will develop and implement the goals, objectives, and programs of the K-State Olathe Sensory and Consumer Research Center as part of the Sensory Program.
  • Work in collaboration with other Sensory faculty to develop and implement common strategies for the good of the Sensory program and its students.
  • Develop professional contacts, write proposals, conduct research studies, analyze data, report results, and manage the day-to-day operation of the Sensory and Consumer Research Center.
  • Develop and write research and educational grant proposals, both individually and collaboratively.
  • Prepare and give presentations for companies and local and professional organizations.
  • Plan and teach workshops, academic courses, and develop community outreach programs.
  • Perform additional functions, as assigned
  • Why Join Us:

    Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https: // www.

    We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

    Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

    To be Successful You Will Need:

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. with an emphasis in sensory analysis, consumer research, or closely related field.
  • Experience conducting sensory studies using quantitative and qualitative consumer research methodology.
  • Training in statistics, including knowledge of data collection and statistical analysis programs, including Compusense, XLSTAT, SAS, etc.
  • Industry experience in project management of sensory analysis or marketing research.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Refereed publications
  • Experience working with trained descriptive panels
  • Teaching experience in Higher Education or Professional Development Workshops
  • Ability to train and mentor staff and students
  • Experience with grant writing and submission
  • Other Requirements:

    Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

    How to Apply:

    Applicants should submit:

    1) a letter of interest outlining how the individual fits the job responsibilities and job qualifications,

    2) a vitae including educational and professional employment, professional publications and presentations, participation in professional organizations, awards, etc. and

    3) contact information of three (3) references that include name, address, phone number, and email address.

    Application materials must be submitted online to be considered.

    https: // www.

    Questions regarding specifics of the position can be directed to Martin Talavera, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, K-State Olathe Campus, 913-307-7324, or

    For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Roberta Robinson Manager, Human Resources at , or (913.307.7316).

    Screening of Applications Begins:

    Immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

    Background Screening Statement:

    In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

    Advertised: Nov 17, 2021 Central Standard Time Applications close: Open until filled

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