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Food Science

Tyson Foods R & D Technician I

This position serves in the Discovery Center and is responsible for assisting Food Technologists/Chefs with product development projects by following written and verbal direction, ensuring correct and accurate sample preparation and shipping, operating commercial kitchen and pilot plant equipment properly and safely.

For more information and application: Tyson Foods Careers, search for keyword 36507BR
Date posted: 11/18/14


Cargill - Associate Food Scientist

Cargill is currently recruiting for an Associate Food Scientist to join the Cargill Animal Protein and Salt Platform. In this role, the Associate Food Scientist will work either alongside other scientists or independently to plan and execute research to support business strategies across the Wichita based Cargill Animal Protein & Salt(CAPS) businesses. The focus of these projects will be on new product development and product/ process improvement. This exposure will help to build bench strength within the R&D job family for progression into a Business Unit specific Food Scientist role.

For more information and application: Cargill
Date posted: 11/10/14


Application Technologist - South Dakota State University

The Dairy Science Department at South Dakota State University is inviting applications for the position of Application Technologist Institute for Dairy Ingredient Processing. The candidate will be will serve as an interface between research conducted at the IDIP and dairy ingredient users and will be responsible for evaluating the performance of new ingredients and developing prototype products that utilize new dairy based ingredients.

For more information and application: South Dakota State University
Date posted: 10/27/14
Deadline: 11/14/14


Assistant Professor - Colorado State University

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level with research and teaching interests related to the health effects of foods and/or food components.

For more information and application: Colorado State University
Date posted: 10/27/14
Deadline: 12/1/14


High Quality Organics - R & D Food Scientist

This position will report to and assist the R&D Director in the research and development division of High Quality Organics. Some, but not all of the duties required are listed below. The R&D Food Scientist position requires a highly motivated individual that exhibits the ability to; work autonomously, see a project through to commercialization and be able to transition into the position of "team member" whenever necessary.

For more information and application: Jonathan Raju,, High Quality Organics
Date posted: 10/27/14


Rich Products Corporation - Food Technologist II

Plans and organizes routine and non-routine research and development activities concerned with the chemical, biological and/or physical nature of food in order to evaluate and improve the quality of existing products and related processes and to develop new products and processes.

For more information and application: Rich Products Corporation
Date posted: 10/6/14


Senior Food Defense Analysts

We are excited to announce that the Food Defense Assessment Staff at USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has openings for three (3) Senior Food Defense Analysts (GS-0301-13/14). Please encourage interested applicants to follow the link below for additional information and to apply.

Date posted: 10/6/14

Cal Poly Pomona - Assistant Professor

The Human Nutrition and Food Science Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position (9-month academic year appointment) at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall Quarter 2015. Candidates with specializations in Culinary Arts, Culinology, Sensory Evaluation and/or Food Product Development are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information and application: Cal Poly Pomona
Date posted: 10/6/14
Deadline: 11/24/14


San Diego State University - Assistant Professor

The School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University is searching for a full-time (10-month) tenure-track faculty member in the area of food science.

For more information and application: San Diego State University
Date posted: 10/6/14


Papa John's - Quality Lab Technician

The Quality Lab Technician performs laboratory tests on all PJI proprietary and non-proprietary products and ingredients (flour, cheese, meat, etc.) for purposes such as quality control, quality assurance, process control, or product development.

For more information and application: Papa John's
Date posted: 9/24/14


Papa John's - Domestic Research and Development Manager

The Domestic Research & Development Manager designs and conducts global research and development projects involving current product improvement and new product/supplier development. All research and related details and conclusions must be documented and communicated in an appropriate manner.

For more information and application: Papa John's
Date posted: 9/24/14


ConAgra Food Quality Assurance

Five or more positions available for Quality Assurance Technician. Conduct product and line inspections to ensure safe, quality products are being produced. Work with factory operators to ensure compliance to GMPs. Perform lab tests. Support QA department in implementing programs and systems, and compliance with SQF code.

For more information, contact: Emily James,
Date posted: 9/16/14
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QA and Food Safety Manager - Tippins

The Quality Assurance and Food Safety Manager is the on-site food safety and regulatory authority at both Tippin's facilities. The position has the primary responsibility of driving the food safety systems of the plants by developing, modifying, and maintaining the plants' HACCP, SOP, SSOP, and regulatory programs to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements for the production of safe and wholesome food.

For more information, contact: Mark A Boyer,
Date posted: 9/16/14
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Penn State University - Agricultural Operations Specialist

The Penn State Department of Food Science is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Teaching Laboratory Support Specialist. The candidate will assist faculty members with instruction of students performing exercises in the laboratory and pilot processing areas as part of undergraduate courses, as well as contribute to the instruction of laboratory or pilot plant components of outreach short courses and workshops.

For more information and application: Penn State University
Date posted: 8/8/14


Quality Assurance Management Trainee: Nestle Purina Petcare Company

For more than 30 years, our Management Trainee Program has developed the future leaders of our business. This program allows you to embark on a personal and professional development experience a classroom can't offer. As a Quality Assurance (QA) Management Trainee, you'll be immersed in a highly technical and quality-driven production environment to play a key role in achieving our standards of continuous improvement and manufacturing excellence. Through a well-designed rotation of our factory functions, you'll learn our operations, how they apply to quality assurance and how QA interacts with other factory functions such as production, engineering management, information systems, supply chain, finance and human resources. Collaborating with your QA mentor is essential in this role, as they will help you leverage your new business knowledge to assure quality standards for the duration of your trainee experience.

For more information and application: Nestle Purina
Date posted: 9/2/14


Quality Co-Manufacturing Specialist

We invite applications for the position of Contract Manufacturing Specialist. As a Contract Manufacturing Specialist with Hill's Pet Nutrition, you will be responsible for ensuring the Contract Manufacturers and Contracted warehousing services meet the Hill's / Colgate Quality Standards.

For more information and application:Hill's Pet Nutrition
Date posted: 9/2/14


Microbiologist Specialist

We invite applications for the position of Microbiologist Specialist. This position will report to our corporate Microbiologist and will work primarily with manufacturing plants located in Richmond, Indiana and Bowling Green, Kentucky. As a Microbiologist Specialist for Hill's Pet Nutrition, you will be responsible for the implementation of the Corporate Microbiological control programs at the plant level in partnership with other functions (Operations and Engineering) to ensure all production meets the requirements of the microbiological standards and operating procedures.

For more information and application: Hill's Pet Nutrition
Date posted: 9/2/14


Assistant or Associate Professor of Food for Health & Wellness - University of Georgia

This position is between two departments, Department of Food Science and Technology (55%) in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Department of Environmental Health Science (45%) in the College of Public Health. We are seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to develop research and teaching in the area of food for public health and wellness. A PhD in Food Science and Technology, Environmental Health Science/Toxicology, or equivalent program is required with demonstrated interest in food ingredients or nutrients important for human health. Experience with chemical and biochemical research of functional food ingredients and contaminants is preferred.

For more information and application: University of Georgia
Date posted: 8/25/14


Quality Assurance positions - HP Hood

QA Manager - Vernon, NY
QA Manager - Arkport, NY
QA Manager - Oneida, NY

Date posted: 8/25/14


Research & Development Scientist - Idaho Milk Products

The R & D Scientist will work in a five year old, state-of-the-art dairy processing facility that produces fresh cream; milk protein concentrate powder and milk permeate powder.He or she will be involved in new process and product developments, process and product improvements, conducting lab scale and bench top experiments, commercialization studies for new products, conducting product characterization studies, applications and performing analytical work.The R&D Scientist will interact closely with the Production, Quality Assurance and Marketing & Sales departments to implement new process and product development, and to troubleshoot issues with existing products and processes.This role will also support technical research and customer support on existing and new product lines.

For more information and application: Idaho Milk Products
Date posted: 8/11/14


Part-time Lab Tech - NBO3 Technologies

NBO3 Technologies, Manhattan, Ks, is looking for a part time lab tech who's duties would include: prepping samples for fatty acid testing with our GC unit, cleaning of the lab and office area and preparing and shipping out samples as needed. We would prefer someone who has had some lab experience either through class experience or having worked in a lab, but would be willing to train someone without experience. There are no set hours for this position and we would be very flexible to accommodate class schedules or other work hours. We are probably looking at 10 to 20 hours a week currently.

For more information, contact:
Date posted: 8/11/14

Assistant Professor of Food Science, Dairy Foods Specialist

Tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Food Science and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Position: Tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level (65% extension, 35% research) specializing in dairy foods manufacturing. Research areas include, but are not limited to: the manufacturing, functionality, quality, or safety of dairy foods or their components. This is an annual (12 month) appointment.

For more information and application: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Date posted: 8/11/14


Director of Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center

The University of Georgia (UGA) Food Product Innovation and Commercialization (FoodPIC) Center's mission is to assist food companies and entrepreneurs in product and process development; to promote competitiveness; and to create economic impact in Georgia, the Southeast, and beyond.

For more information and application: University of Georgia
Date posted: 8/11/14


Sales and Service Representative Trainee

Zee Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Vincit Group is seeking full-time Sales and Service Representative Trainee for our Food & Beverage Team in Western Region. Our customers include some of the most prestigious and well known organizations in the world and we protect their brand names through the sanitation of systems found in Food, Beverage and Dairy Processing facilities.

For more information,
Date posted: 8/11/14
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Assistant Professor - Cornell University

The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally-recognized and externally funded research (50%) and extension (50%) program focused on dairy fermentation.

For more information and application: Cornell University
Date posted: 7/29/14


Lecturer in Enology - Cornell University

The Department of Food Science in CALS welcomes applications for a Lecturer in Enology to instruct in the V&E program. The successful applicant will benefit from Cornell's cutting-edge research and teaching resources; interactions with top faculty in enology, viticulture and other life sciences; extensive teaching and research vineyards including plantings of V. vinifera, hybrid and native wine grapes; and new facilities for winemaking, brewing, distillation, and fruit wine production, housed in the recently renovated Stocking Hall Food Science Building.

For more information and application: Cornell University
Date posted: 7/29/14


Meat and Poultry Program Manager

Kansas Department of Agriculture is looking to fill a Program Manager vacancy in the Manhattan office.

For more information, contact: 785-564-6712 or
Date posted: 7/29/14
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Assistant/Associate Professor of Food Science

TENURE TRACK POSITION IN FOOD SCIENCE. Food Science and Nutrition Department, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Full-time, academic year, tenure-track position starting September 15, 2014.

For more information and application: Cal Poly State University
Date posted: 7/21/14


Nutrition and Health Education Specialist - University of Missouri

This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in nutrition, health, food safety, food resource management, and physical activity promotion education for low income audiences.

For more information and application: University of Missouri
Date posted: 7/21/14


Extension Associate - Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri

This position only requires a BS degree in Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Dietetics, Health Education or a related field.

For more information and application: University of Missouri
Date posted: 7/21/14


NIKE Sport Research Lab Researcher I

As our NIKE Sport Research Lab (NSRL) Researcher I, you will be responsible for executing research projects (both applied and basic research) aimed at delivering proven performance insights that will lead to technologically innovative footwear, apparel and equipment that are globally relevant.

For more information, contact: Stephanie Wadlinger,
Date posted: 7/14/14
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Biological Science Specialist
National Institute of Food and Agriculture Multiple vacancies in (IFSN, IFPS, and IYFC)
Official Title:  Biological Science Specialist
Working Title:  Program Specialist
(Food Science/Food Safety, Nutrition, Plant Science, and Agricultural Systems)
For more information and application: National Institute of Food Agriculture
Date posted: 6/30/14
Quality Assurance Specialist - Walker's Food Products

Walker's is located in North Kansas City, MO specializing in refrigerated/ready to eat fresh food products is looking for a qualified Quality Assurance Specialist to join their team! Work full-time, enjoy benefits, get paid weekly. If you are reliable, self-motivated, and have proven professional experience...this would be the ideal position for you! Working hours: Monday - Friday 1st Shift. Primary objective will be to monitor the quality and safety of the product.

For more information, contact: Walker's Food Products Company, Inc.,, 816-472-8121
Date posted: 6/30/14


Sanitation Manager

Freshway Foods, has an exciting opportunity in Sidney, Ohio for a Sanitation Manager. Freshway is one of the largest regional fresh-cut processing companies in the USA. This is a salary position with very strong benefits.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Providing food science and sanitation expertise to the entire facility through developing, managing, and continuously improving a comprehensive sanitation program that encompasses associate safety, equipment, infrastructure, and people development.
  • 3rd Shift Management position.


  • Four year degree preferred in Food Science or related field
  • Experience with HACCP, GMP's and supervision
  • Two (2) plus years experience in plant quality/sanitation systems in a USDA facility preferred.

For more information, please send your resume with 'Sanitation Manager' in the subject line to
Date posted: 6/25/14


Jr. Flavorist

Jr. Flavorist position responsible for flavor creation and duplication (more duplication than creation). This position is hands-on; this person is responsible for physically mixing/making the formulas. This is a generalist position, making everything from butter to fruit flavorings to sweet flavorings. Will also be doing beverage, confectionary, dairy, savory and nutraceutical applications. Certification is not necessary, company will support certification process. Three years minimum experience. BS in Food Science, Chemistry or related.

For more information, contact: Jeff Fee,
Date posted: 6/25/14


Professor, Ingredient Safety Chair - Michigan State University

Michigan State University (MSU) invites qualified candidates to apply for an Endowed Professor level position in food and consumer product safety. The successful candidate will serve as the inaugural Director of the newly established Center for Research on Ingredient Safety at MSU, which focuses on food and consumer product ingredient safety research, training and communication. It is an independent, science-based program that has a three-part mission: 1) Conduct leading-edge research that addresses critical questions related to food and packaged goods ingredient safety, as well as informs regulators and industry decision-makers and consumers; 2) Communicate research findings and the current state-of-the-science to consumers, regulators and industry in a timely fashion to enhance consumer confidence; and 3) Provide graduate and post-graduate training for the next generation of food and packaged goods ingredient safety professionals.

For more information and application:Michigan State University
Date posted: 6/9/14

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Meat Science

Raw Material Supervisor - Beef Products Inc.

For more information and application: Beef Products, Inc.
Date posted: 10/21/14


Beef Products, Inc. - R&D Assistant

For more information and application: Beef Products, Inc.
Date posted: 10/21/14


Armour-Eckrich Meats

Armour-Eckrich Meats, a member of the John Morrell Food Group (JMFG), has a Quality Assurance Technician position available in Junction City, Kansas. The Quality Assurance Technician performs analysis and makes recommendations. Verifies and documents the requirements for sanitation, processing, packaging, labeling, quality, and food safety are met.

For more information and application, search for ID# 222BR at: John Morrell Food Group
Date posted: 10/6/14


Sales Coordinator - Adams Land & Cattle

Adams Land & Cattle Company has an opportunity in our Broken Bow office for a Sales Coordinator. The person in this position will work with the Sales and Marketing team to optimize sales margins by managing cattle sales logistics and packer relationships. This position reports to the Director of Sales and Marketing.

For more information and application:Adams Land & Cattle
Date posted: 9/29/14


Department of Homeland Security STEM Internship

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Disciplines.

For more information and application: Department of Homeland Security
Date posted: 11/18/14
Deadline: 12/22/14


ConAgra Foods

Product Development Intern

Sensory Intern

Date posted: 10/14/14


Tyson Foods, Inc.

An R&D intern will gain experience in product development by assisting technologists in the development of new products and processes for beef, pork or chicken, revising current products in order to improve product quality, profitability and/or competitiveness. Internship will be in Springdale, AR.

A specific project will also be assigned to the intern at the beginning of the summer and conclude with a brief report and presentation on the results of their project at the end of their internship. The length of the internship will range from 9 -14 weeks.

For more information and application: Tyson Foods, Inc.
Date posted: 9/16/14


Cargill Food R&D Internship

The Research & Development (R&D) function at Cargill will provide students with a career interest and a food related academic background, the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a business environment. The internship program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn and work with Cargill business units/function to provide solutions to customers.

For more information and application: Cargill
Date posted: 8/8/14


Manufacturing Management Trainee - Land O' Lakes

This position is intended to be a training position for future development into Manufacturing Supervision roles including that of a Plant Manager within our Animal Feed Division. As a Trainee, you will assist in leading the overall activities of the feed plant and to ensure quality products and services are provided to our customers. Responsibilities include learning all plant processes including maintenance, regulatory compliance including quality and safety programs, human resources activities, and managerial and administrative functions. Upon completion of the training program, you will be relocated to another feed plant, most likely within our Eastern Region.

For more information and application: Land O' Lakes
Date posted: 8/8/14


Land O'Lakes, Inc. Internships 2015

At Land O'Lakes, Inc., our interns are living the job, learning the ins and outs of our business. While we're proud of our agricultural roots, our internship opportunities go far beyond the traditional industry roles. As an intern you will have your own project, present your results to business leaders, and the opportunity to have a real impact on our business. Along the way, there will be a lot of chances to network, meet our senior leaders and start building your career.

For more information and application: Land O' Lakes
Date posted: 8/8/14


Sensory Intern - Nestle

The Internship Program at the Nestlé R&D Center Minneapolis is designed to provide graduate students in Sensory Evaluation the unique opportunity to apply their scientific knowledge to Research & Development innovation activities while immersed in a business setting.

For more information and application: Nestle Health Science
Date posted: 7/29/14


Fellowships and Postdoctorals

Graduate Research Assistant - South Dakota State University

Dr. Sanjeev Anand, Professor, Dairy Science Department, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, USA is seeking a Ph. D graduate research assistant (full time) in the field of Dairy Microbiology. Successful candidate will start the program in Spring or Summer of 2015.

A Master of Science in dairy processing, dairy microbiology, food microbiology, or general microbiology is required. Experience with molecular biology and microbiology techniques is required. Previous work with bacterial spores and/ or bacterial biofilms will be preferred. Please include a synopsis of your M.S. thesis work.

Interested candidates should submit a current CV, TOEFL score (for international candidates only), and names of 3 references to Dr. Sanjeev Anand ( GRE scores, if submitted, will also be considered during the selection process. Instructions will then be provided to the successful candidate to complete application to the graduate school.

Application Deadline: Position is open until filled, with full consideration given to applications received by Nov 15, 2014. SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff.

For more information contact Dr. Sanjeev Anand at 605-688-6648

Date posted: 10/21/14


Doctoral Research Fellowship - Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University invites applications for a Doctoral Research Fellowship starting August 15, 2015. The position is part of a collaborative research program between the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, and the Department of Agricultural Economics. This will be a comprehensive program in Meat
Science, Sensory Science, and Instrumental Analysis that will focus on novel processing methods to add value to beef that is harvested from dairy steers. The student selected for the fellowship will be co-directed by Dr. Thu Dinh in Animal and Dairy Sciences and Dr. Wes Schilling in Food Science.

This is a 3-year, 12-month fellowship, including a $25,000 stipend, full tuition and fee remission, and health insurance.

Preferred qualifications include a MS degree in Animal Science or Food Science with an interest in meat science or related fields with a strong basic research background and an excellent academic standing.

Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at first), publications if applicable, and contact information for three references.

Please direct materials and inquiries to:
Thu Dinh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
Mississippi State University
Box 9815
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: (662) 325-7554
Fax: (662) 325-8873

Date posted: 6/30/14


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