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Careers in Food Science Below are many job openings and internship opportunities in Food Science, Meat Science, and many other areas. Jobs are in industry and academia. Contact information and job descriptions are included for more details on each job.

Good luck in your search for a new career!

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Food Science

Penn State University

The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in food sciences to join our nationally recognized Penn State Extension Food Safety Program Team.

For more information and application: Penn State University
Date posted: 11/23/15
Deadline: 1/4/16


Penn State University

The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in nutrition science and/or food science to join our nationally-recognized Penn State Extension Nutrition and Food Safety & Quality Program Teams.

For more information and application: Penn State University
Date posted: 11/23/15
Deadline: 1/4/16


Penn State University

Penn State Extension is seeking a qualified candidate to provide program team management and assistance for food service/retail operations and consumer food safety programs, in partnership with Extension educators and faculty in the Department of Food Science.

For more information and application:Penn State University
Date posted: 11/23/15
Deadline: 1/4/16


Penn State University

The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in Food Science, Horticulture or related field to join our nationally-recognized Penn State Extension Food Safety & Quality/Horticulture State Extension Teams.

For more information and application:Penn State University
Date posted: 11/23/15
Deadline: 1/4/16


University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Manufacturing Engineer. This is a nine-month, tenure-leading faculty position in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering to support the research, teaching, and service mission of the department in the area of food manufacturing.

For more information and application: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date posted: 11/16/15


South Dakota State University

SDSU Extension is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Consumer Food Safety Extension Field Specialist. We are looking for an individual to join us in growing and building our regional extension center located in Mitchell, SD by successfully engaging the public and bringing research to practice. The department actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty.

For more information and applicationSouth Dakota State University
Date posted: 11/16/15
Deadline: 11/30/15

University of Georgia

Assistant Professor (50% Research and 50% Teaching), 9-month academic year, tenure-track appointment in the Department of Foods and Nutrition.

For more information and application:University of Georgia
Date posted: 11/10/15
Deadline: 2/1/16

University of Kentucky

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Food Sciences position, 12-month tenure track (approximately 70% research, 30% instruction), which will support the foods research and instruction missions of the department.

For more information and application: University of Kentucky
Date posted: 11/2/15

Kerry Ingredients

Kerry Ingredients has two positions open:

  1. Bakery Technologist with emphasis on emulsifier functionality and technical support.
  2. Bakery technologist with emphasis on texture system (functional actives dry blended-primarily emulsifiers, enzymes, flavors, acacia gum) development and technical support.

For more information, contact: Ryan Smith, ryan.smith@kerry.com
Date posted: 10/26/15

Alma Creamery

Alma Creamery, Alma, Kansas has positions openings in the production area. Any interested students contact Shon Hansen at leej89@hotmail.com. The creamery is located at 509 E. 3rd Street, Alma, KS.

Date posted: 10/26/15

Bunge Foods

Food Scientist in Research & Development/Product Innovation

For more information and application: Bunge
Date posted: 10/23/15

Pilgrims - Product Specification Specialist

This position is responsible for performing activities necessary for successful management of data with the software system SAP which manages company wide resources. Specifically the SAP- Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software module which contains product specification data essential to food safety, regulatory compliance, and product performance of $8 billion in Pilgrims product sales. Position will be a product database leader and serve as a liaison within Research and Development (R&D), with other corporate departments, and over 30 plants involved.

For more information and application: Pilgrim's
Date posted: 10/14/15

Shatto Milk Company

Plant Operations Manager

Date posted: 10/13/15

Drexel University

The Department of Culinary Arts and Food Science in the Center for Hospitality and Sports Management (CHSM) at Drexel University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Food Science at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank. Applicants must hold a doctorate in Food Science or a related field, with a particular focus in food-product development, culinary science, food chemistry, or food processing/engineering. The appointment is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position; salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. For qualified candidates, opportunities exist for supplemental leadership positions.

For more information and application: Drexel University
Date posted: 10/5/15
Deadline: 11/28/15


Purdue University

Tenure-track Assistant Professor (9-month) position at Purdue University with research and teaching responsibilities in food and the human microbiome. The successful candidate will join a 21-member faculty in the Department of Food Science housed in the modern Philip E. Nelson Hall of Food Science building on the main campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

For more information and application: Purdue University
Date posted: 10/5/15
Deadline: 1/4/16

Manufacturing Management Trainee

This position is intended to be a training position for future development into Manufacturing Supervision roles including that of a Plant Manager within either our Purina Animal Feed, Land O'Lakes Dairy or WinField Division. As a Trainee, you will assist in leading the overall activities of the plant and to ensure quality products and services are provided to our customers.

For more information: Daniel Coen at dlcoen@landolakes.com
Date posted: 9/21/15


Bakery Ingredients - R&D Positions
  • R&D Manager (emphasis on fats and oils)
  • R&D Food Scientist (emphasis on rheology and texture)
  • Scientist
  • Senior Scientist
  • Senior Technologist (in laminated, savory, and bread)

For more information: Gerard Wallace, dpu3wallace@aol.com
Date posted: 9/21/15


Quaker/PepsiCo Supply Chain Associate

PepsiCo's and Quaker Foods and Snacks (QFS) Supply Chain organization is recognized as an industry leader producing consumer packaged goods and distributing them through our customer network to their final destinations – the consumer. As a member of our QFS Supply Chain organization, you will be involved in the implementation and management of leading-edge manufacturing, distribution and R&D technology.

For more information and application: PepsiCo
Date posted: 9/14/15

Production Supervisor - Bimbo Bakeries

Responsibilities include the consistent production of a high quality product in a Muffin/Bread baking facility while incorporating safety and sanitation standards. Through leadership and support of IPM initiatives, the Resource Leader is charged with managing a changing culture in a team-based environment. Additionally, the successful candidate will be challenged with controlling production costs and downtime, monitoring production and finished products, and communicating with associates.

For more information and application: Bimbo Bakeries
Date posted: 8/17/15

Meat Science

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Riega Foods, LLC

One or two interns (immediate need) for food safety and quality assurance
Begin date: as early as next semester (spring 2016), Flexible on hours
Eventually looking to hire full-time in mid-2016 (either intern moving to full-time at graduation or other full-time option)
Specific needs include:

  • HACCP Review and Training Development (HACCP already in place)
  • SQF certification preparation and help with the review
  • Organic, Kosher & Vegan certifications (already in place, but need additions & review)
  • Product/Ingredient QA review and protocol development including microbiological thresholds, testing procedures and documentation procedures
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) review
  • Supplier safety review & documentation

For more information, contact: Dr. Sara Gragg, saragragg@ksu.edu
Date posted: 11/18/15

K-State Research and Extension

Selected county and district offices across Kansas and selected departments on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

For more information and application: K-State Research and Extension
Date posted: 11/16/15
Deadline: 1/15/16


Live production internship. The summer internship will last approximately three months. You will work 40+ hours per week with a variable work schedule. You will be introduced to a progressive and dynamic operation which will provide you live production experience that will be beneficial in the future.

For more information and application: Jennie-O
Date posted: 11/16/15

Nestle Operations Management Intern

The Nestlé Operations Management Training (OMT) Internship is a 12-week paid Summer Internship based in one of twenty-six Nestlé factories throughout the nation and will have the opportunity for alignment within six functional career paths:

  • Operations
  • Quality
  • Packaging
  • Technical Applications (Product Development)
  • Safety, Health & Environmental
  • Engineering

For more information and application: Nestle
Date posted: 11/2/15

Tyson R&D Internships

The 5 positions located in Springdale are posted at http://www.tysonfoodscareers.com/Internships/Search-For-Internship.aspx and the 4 positions posted for Downers Grove can be found at http://hillshire.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en.

For more information, contact: Carrie Garner, Food Technologist, MS, SNS at carrie.garner@tyson.com
Date posted: 9/21/15

Nestle/Purina Internships

This is just a quick reminder that our internship and entry-level opportunities are still posted! We encourage you to visit the link provided https://www.nestlepurinacareers.com/ and see the list of available positions. You can also visit the Career Connexion App, which is an easy way for your students to determine which positions might be the best fit. Students please know that these positions are closed as early as mid-October, and we're currently processing applications.

Date posted: 9/14/15

PepsiCo/Quaker Oats

Undergraduates entering the Supply Chain organization can do so through the Intern Program which provides the opportunity to experience different aspects of the Supply Chain system. Candidates should be completing their junior year of studies

For more information and application:PepsiCo
Date Posted: 9/14/15

Kawaiikalia Akua Farms

Kawaiikalia Akua Farms, Big Island Table Experience (BITE), and World Sacred Gardens would like to announce experiential internship opportunities available on our organic permaculture farm beginning September 2015! Kawaiikalia Akua Farms is located on the tropical Hamakua coast of Hawaii's Big Island, five miles from the breathtaking Waipio Valley and historic Honokaa Town. The strong local context lends KA Farms a culturally and biologically rich environment. Students will lead a self-directed project within their internship focus (listed below) supported by research, design, and documented for final presentation at the end of the semester.

Become an active participant in a conscious learning environment and express your passion through the KA Fall Internship Program 2015. Currently accepting applications for August and September 2015!

For more information and application: http://www.kawaiikalia.com/application-2
Date posted: 7/21/15

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Fellowships and Postdoctorals

Nell Mondy Fellowship

Dr. Nell I. Mondy was recognized world-wide as an important contributor to the fields of plant biochemistry, food science, and human nutrition, receiving numerous honors for her work at Cornell University and abroad. She was a dedicated member of Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science (SDE/GWIS) and established the Nell I. Mondy Fellowship to benefit outstanding women scientists and their research efforts. In 2005, Nell I. Mondy passed away, but SDE/GWIS is pleased to continue her legacy in the Nell I. Mondy Fellowships.

Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science announces the 2016 Nell I. Mondy Fellowships to support the research of exceptional women scientists in the areas of food, nutrition or toxicological sciences. The Nell I. Mondy Fellowships offer awards for a period of one year to provide funding for research-associated expenses.

Application deadline is January 15, 2016, and awards will be made by July 1, 2016. For more information regarding the Nell I. Mondy Fellowships, please visit www.gwis.org and look under the "National Fellowships Program" section. Or, contact GWIS Fellowships Coordinator, Vicky Cattani, at cattani@gwis.org.


Purdue University - Graduate Research Assistantships and one Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Department of Food Science at Purdue University has two Graduate Research Assistantship (PhD) and one Postdoctoral Research Associate positions commencing 2016 Spring Semester or thereafter with a focus on the impact of fouling on sustainability of food processing. The project will focus on: Fundamental studies in understanding mechanisms of deposit (e.g. fat, dairy, biofilm) formation and removal, with particular emphasis on deposit characterization, measurements and modeling, aiming to find potential mitigation methods toward reduced fouling in food processing.

Applicants must complete the official University graduate program application at http://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/admissions/how/index.html, and their applications must be approved by the Department graduate committee to be considered for funding. The Department's graduate application requirements and process can be accessed at https://ag.purdue.edu/foodsci/Pages/grad_application_process.aspx.

For more information, contact: Dr. Jen-Yi Huang, huang874@purdue.edu
Date posted: 7/13/15

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