Assistant/Associate Professor, Sustainable Food Systems

Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs Published: September 24, 2018
Bloomington, Indiana
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Analyst / Research / Farm / Organics / Scientific /
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Position Overview

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University invites applications for an Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor with a specialization in sustainable food systems. We seek candidates from the social sciences with a focused line of research on food system development and evolution.

Applicant’s background should bridge the nexus of food, community development, and sustainability, and ideally would have an analytical background in social-ecological systems. We are particularly interested in candidates studying food systems within a U.S. context that possess mixed-methods research skills or systems modeling ability. We are also interested in candidates who work across disciplines with a record of interdisciplinary collaboration.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-supported research program. Candidates may be appointed at the rank of assistant or associate professor. Appointment at the full professor level may be possible for a candidate with an exceptional research record in the specified areas of expertise.

This position is partially funded by Indiana University Bloomington’s Emerging Areas of Research initiative, which underwrites the Sustainable Food Systems Science (SFSS) program. The SFSS team seeks to understand sustainable food system development by studying the leverage points used to build more resilient and sustainable food systems. The candidate will join a growing, interdisciplinary community of colleagues across the University, with opportunities for joining research projects in the United States (Indiana, New York, New Mexico), Brazil, Italy, Madagascar, Norway, and Zambia. The candidate will contribute to SPEA’s developing food systems research and curriculum.


  • Minimum educational qualifications include a Ph.D. in a related field (e.g., sociology, economics, community development, public policy and affairs, geography, anthropology) and evidence of a developed research program.
  • The successful applicant is expected to start August 1, 2019, and to have completed the Ph.D. by that date.

To Apply

  • Please click "Apply on Company Website" below to upload your cover letter, curriculum vita, research statement, up to three papers, and contact information of three references
  • To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by October 31, 2018, however, the search will continue until the position is filled. 
  • Expected Start Date 08/01/2019.
  • Inquiries regarding the position should be sent to Dr. James Farmer

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