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Food Science

Food Carbohydrate Chemist/Biochemist Assistant Professor and Food Processing Assistant Professor

Research (70%), Teaching (30%)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA

For more information and application: Virginia Tech
Date posted: 1/26/15
Deadline: 1/31/15


Operations Analysis - Dairy Farmers of America

As assigned by the VP of Ingredient Manufacturing, over 3-5 years, train and learn from various functional leaders/managers to be able to qualify for a managerial level position within a functional area at one of DFA's facilities. Develop a good understanding of DFA's Safety, Quality, Environmental and Continuous Improvement Programs, as well as, all stages of the production process. Learn DFA's culture, value system and business model so as to work effectively within it.

For more information and application: Dairy Farmers of America
Date posted:1/26/15


Scientist - Starch Chemistry - Newly Weds Foods, Inc.

To bring the knowledge of starch chemistry to the process of developing coating systems for food products. Having the ability to recommend, formulate and process such products to enhance final product attributes as determined by the particular project. Hands on position working on the developmental bench and Pilot Line with other NWF Scientists and customers. Collaborative Team oriented person will do well in this environment.

For more information, contact: Thomas J. Kubica, tkubica@newlywedsfoods.com
Date posted: 1/20/15


Research and Development Manager

Job Req # 433666

Consumer Products/Industrial Manufacturing Company is looking for:

POSITION: Research and Development Manager
LOCATION: Newport News Virginia Area
SALARY: 85-93K 20 Bonus
DEGREE: Required
EXPERIENCE: 5-7 Years New Product Innovations Experience including Stage Gate Development Process

For more information, contact: mag@judge.com
Date posted: 1/20/15


Nature's Variety - R&D Product Development Scientist

Responsibilities involve scheduling and conducting plant trials, evaluating and giving feedback on product test runs, and the evaluation of new ingredients. Working with outside labs to submit samples for nutritional analysis, collecting, summarizing, and tracking data, and scheduling product testing with outside vendors. Work cross functionally to write specifications for new products, new raw materials, and manage existing specifications.

For more information, contact: nvjobs@naturesvariety.com
Date posted: 1/13/15


Senior Scientist - Newly Weds Foods, Inc.

This is a newly created position in the Chicago Corporate R&D Facility for an experienced individual in the formulation and development of pizza dough, processing, English Muffins, general bread formulation and technical expertise.

For more information and application:Newly Weds Foods
Contact: Thomas J. Kubica, tkubica@newlywedsfoods.com
Date posted: 1/13/15


Kansas Department of Agriculture

Kansas Department of Agriculture's Dairy program is looking to fill a Milk Plant Specialist position in the Riley County area.

For more information and application: Kansas Department of Agriculture
Date posted: 1/5/15


Rich Products Corporation

Position: Food Technologist II
Location: Buffalo, New York
Full-time Salaried position

For more information, contact: Lauren Deisinger, Corporate Recruiter at 585-943-0303
Date posted: 1/5/15


University of California-Davis

The Department Food Science and Technology (FST) has received approval to open recruitment for an Assistant Professor of Water-Energy Efficiency. This position is in the Department of Food Science and Technology, and will have an affiliation with the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency (CWEE).

This is an academic year (9 months) assistant professor position. The 50% I&R part of the position is tenure track. The other 50% professor in residence part of the position is non-tenure track. The position has requirements for teaching, research and university and public service. Research is designated around the water-energy nexus.

For more information and application: UC-Davis
Date posted: 12/15/14
Deadline: 1/23/15


Distinctive Foods, LLC

Marketing and Sales Support
For more information, contact: Andrew Holzman, andrewh@distinctivefoods.com

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Date posted: 12/11/14


Washington State University - Extension Consumer Food Safety Specialist

This is a 12-month, tenure track, faculty position at the rank of E-2 or E-3 (analogous to Assistant or Associate Professor), within the WSU Extension Youth and Family Program Unit. The person will participate as an affiliated faculty member in the WSU-University of Idaho bi-state School of Food Science. The position will be located on the WSU Campus in Pullman, Washington.

For more information and application: Washington State University
Date posted: 12/8/14


Iowa State University - Assistant Professor in Food Safety and Consumer Food Production

Iowa State University (ISU) has launched the Presidential High Impact Hires Initiative to support targeted faculty hiring in areas of strategic importance. The University provides an intellectual environment committed to academic excellence and diversity, and offers mentoring programs for new Faculty. The Departments of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management (AESHM) and Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) in collaboration with Extension and Outreach seek applicants for a 12-month tenure-track faculty with expertise in food safety and consumer food production. The position appointment is 50% Extension and Outreach, 25% teaching, and 25% research.

For more information and application: Iowa State University
Date Posted: 12/8/14
Deadline: 2/1/15


Florida A&M University

(Position # 19592000)

Nine month tenure track position in the Food Science Program at the Assistant Professor level in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences at Florida A&M University.

For more information and application: Florida A&M University
Date posted: 12/8/14


Windsor Foods

Windsor Foods (Carthage, MO) is a leader in the frozen food industry specializing in Asian, Italian and Mexican cuisine. They also make a variety of appetizers such as onion rings, mac N cheese bites, pretzel bites, breaded green beans etc. Windsor Foods is looking to fill a QA Supervisor position for their Carthage, MO location. This person must have some experience in food processing, hold a food science degree and demonstrate good leadership and teamwork skills.

For more information and application, contact: Michael Barnes, mbarnes39@yahoo.com
Date posted: 12/5/14


Washington State University - Extension Food Safety

Extension Consumer Food Safety Specialist, Washington State University (WSU). This is a 12-month, tenure track, faculty position at the rank of E-2 or E-3 (analogous to Assistant or Associate Professor), within the WSU Extension Youth and Family Program Unit. The person will participate as an affiliated faculty member in the WSU – University of Idaho bi-state School of Food Science. The position will be located on the WSU Campus in Pullman, Washington.

For more information and application: Washington State University
Date posted: 12/1/14


Cornell University - Assistant or Associate Professor

The Department of Food Science at Cornell University is seeking applicants for an endowed faculty chair titled the "Yongkeun Joh Professorship of Food Chemistry and Ingredient Technology". This is a 9-month, 50% teaching/50% research, tenure-track position. The successful applicant will be appointed at the assistant or associate professor level, depending on qualifications and experience, and will be based on Cornell's Ithaca campus.

For more information and application: Cornell University
Date posted: 11/23/14
Deadline: 2/1/15


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


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, jraju@hqorganics.com, 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.

FSIS-2014-MMP-0382: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/381973400
Date posted: 10/6/14


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, Emily.james@conagrafoods.com
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, mark.boyer@tippins.net
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: bjdanler@wamego.net
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, contact:employment@vincitgroup.com
Date posted: 8/11/14
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Meat Science

Purdue University - Teaching Assistant

The Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University has a Ph.D. teaching assistantship available starting August 2015. Teaching involvement will include assisting with our undergraduate Meat Science course (ANSC 351) in the spring and Animal Growth, Development and Evaluation (ANSC 301) in the fall. Dissertation research is possible across the spectrum of animal science disciplines, including meat science, nutrition, growth and development, genetics, food safety, and other areas that may have broad relevance across food animal species, or may be specific to beef, swine, poultry, sheep and dairy.

In addition to the Purdue application, please send via email a CV with a list of references and cover letter to bradkim@purdue.edu. (Brad Kim, Assistant Professor, Meat Science & Muscle Biology Lab, 765-496-1631)

Date posted: 12/15/14


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

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Summer 2015 Research Programs - University of Nebraska

Nebraska's summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in addition to an interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program aimed at conducting cutting edge social and behavioral research into understanding and reducing health disparities and in diversifying minority health researchers.

For more information and application: University of Nebraska
Date posted: 12/8/14
Deadline: 3/1/15


Center for Strategic & International Studies

CSIS is an independent and bipartisan organization with a long history of working in the public interest by assisting global leaders think strategically about security, diplomatic, and economic challenges facing the United States and the international community. For the last five years, CSIS' international development program – which includes the Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD), and the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development— has led the policy dialogue around the role of the private sector in development. PPD studies the role of the private and other emerging actors in development, and how they can work in tandem with multilateral institutions, and bilateral donors such to promote broad based and inclusive economic growth. PPD is seeking highly motivated interns for the 2015 spring semester to support research and programmatic efforts. Interns will work closely with the Program Manager and Research Assistant to ensure that program objectives are achieved in a timely manner.

For more information and application: CSIS
Date posted: 11/24/14


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

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Fellowships and Postdoctorals

Penn State University - Allen Allured Graduate Confectionary Fellowship

This competitive fellowship position is available to a student who will begin enrollment as an M.S. student during the 2015-16 academic year in the Department of Food Science graduate program. This fellowship shall be awarded for one academic year and may be renewed for subsequent years providing the recipient makes satisfactory progress toward the degree and continues to meet the conditions of eligibility.

For more information and application:Allen Allured Fellowship
Date posted: 1/13/15
Deadline: 3/1/15


International Food Information Council Foundation - 2015 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship

The International Food Information Council Foundation is currently accepting applications for its annual Sylvia Rowe Fellowship. The fellowship, established in 2007 as a tribute to former International Food Information Council Foundation President and CEO Sylvia B. Rowe, seeks promising nutrition, health, and food safety communicators to help enhance their capabilities. The goal of this award is to elevate the recipient's communication skills so that they can communicate nutrition and food safety information to the public in various settings and media platforms.

For more information and application:Sylvia Rowe Fellowship
Date posted: 12/8/14
Deadline: 1/30/15


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 (Sanjeev.anand@sdstate.edu). 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

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