Virginia Tech Seeks Assistant/Associate Professor in Packaging Systems and Design

Posted on February 22, 2023
Virginia Tech Seeks Assistant/Associate Professor in Packaging Systems and Design
Position Title:
Collegiate Assistant/Associate Professor in Packaging Systems and Design
Position Summary
The Packaging Systems & Design program, housed in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech, invites applications for a Collegiate Assistant/Associate Professor in Packaging Systems and Design position. This position is a long-term full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track position with a renewable three-year contract and the opportunity for promotion (for more information on the Collegiate Professor ranks, see The candidate will advance the instructional mission of the department by teaching courses, engaging in curricular development and course transformations, adopting innovative and inclusive pedagogical practices, and enhancing undergraduate research and/or outreach opportunities.
We seek a dynamic candidate with expertise in packaging science or packaging engineering who will teach introductory as well as advanced-level undergraduate packaging courses. Successful candidates will be qualified to teach courses related to Computer-Aided Design in Packaging, Introduction to Packaging, and courses in one or more of the following areas including but not limited to packaging manufacturing and automation, specialty packaging including military, pharmaceutical, medical, food, consumer package goods, packaging development, business, and marketing.
The responsibilities also include a scholarly component, which may involve scholarship and/or packaging-related research by undergraduates. Advising and mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students is possible but not expected. The candidate will be expected to serve on departmental, college, or university committees as a contributing member of the department and the broader university community.
The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials values diversity and continually strives to maintain and promote an inclusive learning and research environment that embraces all students, faculty, and staff. We welcome applications from persons identifying with groups underrepresented within our discipline, including but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, people of color, first generation, and underrepresented genders.
The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials is committed to creating an inclusive environment that promotes the success of a diverse student body and is actively engaged in efforts to build inclusive educational practices within the curriculum. The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials is also an active participant in Virginia Tech’s cross-campus, multi-year Inclusive Excellence grant program, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (see more at: Accordingly, candidates with experience teaching, mentoring, and/or advising students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Required Qualifications:
Master’s degree or equivalent in packaging science or relevant areas
Ability to develop and teach university-level lectures, laboratories, and hands-on experiential learning courses in packaging
Demonstrated teaching or training experience
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated teaching effectiveness in packaging areas described above at the university level
  • Multiple years of teaching experience
  • Demonstrated record of teaching, advising, mentoring, and/or working with individuals from under-represented communities, including racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, immigrants, and those that identify as LGBTQ+
  • Industrial experience in relevant packaging fields is strongly preferred
More information about the position can be found at: Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Laszlo Horvath, Chair, Search Committee: Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech, 1650 Research Center Dr, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Phone: 540-231-7673 or email:
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