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Careers in Food ScienceBelow 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.

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Food Science

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


Dairy Foods Lecturer - Cal Poly State University

The Dairy Science Department within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, invites applications for a full time lecturer position. The starting date is negotiable, but on or before September 15, 2014 is preferable.

For more information and application:Cal Poly State University
Date posted: 4/21/14
Deadline: 8/1/14


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, Stephanie.wadlinger@nike.com
Date posted: 7/14/14
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Assistant Professor Food Engineering - Purdue University

The Department of Food Science at Purdue University is seeking candidates for an assistant professor position in food engineering with an outstanding educational background and capability to develop cutting-edge research and teaching programs in the sustainability of food processing with particular emphasis on sustainable water use and water quality.

For more information and application: Purdue University
Date posted: 7/14/14
Deadline: 9/1/14


Assistant Professor and Food Safety Specialist

Department of Animal Science
Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC)
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

For more information, contact: Dr. Peter Muriana, Peter.Muriana@Okstate.edu
Date posted: 7/7/14
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Deadline: 7/15/14


Research Assistant or Associate Professor

The Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs in the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics at Kansas State University is accepting applications for a Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor for a term appointment beginning September 2014. The preferred applicant must have a background in food safety or foodservice management. This individual will be responsible for developing research projects, coordinating and collaborating with faculty, facilitating research across multiple departments, recruiting schools and subjects, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating research results using writing and oral methods. Travel for data collection and presentations will be required.

For more information, contact: Dr. Kevin Sauer, 785-532-5581
Date posted: 7/7/14
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Deadline: 7/21/14


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., info@walkersfoodproducts.com, 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 tarnold@freshwayfoods.com
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, jfee@cps4jobs.com
Date posted: 6/25/14


Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist - Louisiana State University

This position is a 12-month tenure track appointment with joint responsibilities in Extension (75%) and teaching (25%).The position will provide leadership on current & emerging issues pertaining to food safety as it relates to the consumer.

For more information and application: Louisiana State University
Date posted: 6/16/14
Deadline: 7/15/14


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


Innovation Scientist

The Innovation Scientist assists in developing, testing, evaluating, and formulating new coloring products.  He/She supports the Innovation Team by carrying out various characterization and qualification of ingredients, raw materials and finished colors products. He/she is testing new product concepts utilizing innovative technology and/or new raw materials.  He/she utilizes bench and pilot scale development of color prototypes leading to full-scale production.

For more information and application, contact: Susan Canarick, susanc@foodscience.com, 954-428-3888
Date posted: 5/12/14


Laboratory Technician

NBO3 Technologies is looking for a part time lab tech for prepping samples for fatty acid testing with our GC unit.  We would prefer someone who has had some lab experience either through class experience or having worked in a lab.  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.   NBO3 Technologies lab is located at the below address:

NBO3 Technologies
8877 Green Valley Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502

For more information, please contact: Dr. Bob Danler, cell number 785-458-2112
Date posted: 5/5/14


Application Chemist - Fat Systems for Confectionery

Our client, a growing $2B global manufacturer of edible fats and oils, is seeking an Applications Chemist experienced with bakery formulations. Provide support to customer requests for innovation with research, product development and technical support.

For more information, contact: Donald Truss, DonaldTruss@SolidusServicesGroup.com
Date posted: 4/28/14


Dakotaland Feeds - Quality Assurance Specialist

Dakotaland Feeds LLC, a leading feed manufacturer in North and South Dakota providing producers, cooperatives and dealers with an extensive line of animal feed, ingredients and services is seeking a qualified person to lead it's Quality Assurance Program. This position will lead all quality assurance and food safety activities at Dakotaland Feeds LLC. In addition, this individual will develop, implement and maintain solutions ensuring the continued product safety, quality and improvement of our products and processes.

For more information, contact: Dan Puffer, dan@dakotalandfeeds.com
Date posted: 4/28/14


Vice President Quality Assurance/Food Safety

Beef processing - Great Plains

For more information and job description: 800-446-3037, A la carte International
Date posted: 4/28/14


Director of Quality Assurance

Meat processing: Beef, Pork, Lamb and/or Veal
Building and implementing the Quality Assurance, Safe Animal Handling and Food Safety programs, policies and procedures with a team of Q.A. / Food Safety-Sanitation personnel. Developing, training and mentoring a team of Q.A. / Sanitation personnel. Building and maintaining a strong working relationship and communicating with; a. U.S.D.A. and FSIS offices at the national, regional and local levels. Educating and training of appropriate staff and production team in the Quality Assurance, Safe Animal Handling and Food Safety/Sanitation programs, policies and procedures.

For more information, contact: Michael J. Romaniw, 800-446-3037, alacarte@wedofood.com
Date posted: 4/28/14


Quality Control and Logistics Manager

The Quality Control and Logistics Manager is responsible for general supervision of all phases of plant operations including: production, quality control, maintenance, and safety.  They will work closely with the production team to increase productivity and profitability within the manufacturing operation.  This person must be ready and willing to take initiative and control over the day to day manufacturing of current products and the testing and development of new products.

For more information, contact: La Fontanella Foods, 816-561-9120
Date posted: 4/21/14
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Director of Sales

We are currently representing an exceptional opportunity to join a rapidly expanding industry leader in food safety testing and animal health and safety products as the Director of Sales for key markets in Food Safety and Animal Health and Safety.

Past experience with customers in protein processing (beef, pork, poultry, and seafood) or in animal husbandry, animal health and safety environments is desired. We are seeking an experienced sales professional with well-developed leadership capabilities and with a record of demonstrated successes and sales growth results.

For more information: Linda Morrison Brown, Linda.Brown@TheLeeGroup.com
Date posted: 4/16/14
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Pinnacle Foods, Inc. - QA Manager

This position is responsible for leading the Plant Quality team and recommending, developing and implementing a system to ensure process and product quality consistent with corporate objectives. This position directs the daily operations of the Quality Assurance function to uphold company policies, formulas, specifications and regulatory requirements, as well as ensures that all finished product meets product quality and food safety standards. Have a clear understanding of sanitation processes to support Corporate Quality Food Safety Assessment requirements.

For more information and application: Pinnacle Foods, Inc.
Date posted: 4/16/14


Account Executive - 2 positions

Do you have a passion for food and working in the food and nutrition sector? Do you follow the top food companies and dream of working with them someday? Are you energized by integrated communications and nutrition-related programming? If so, FleishmanHillard Kansas City is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic and self-starting account executive to join our food and agribusiness team. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a solid background in food, nutrition or food science and a passion for integrated communications.

For more information and application: Position 1, Position 2
Date posted: 3/24/14


Griffith Laboratories - Food Scientist

Job Description: Functions as a scientist to develop new and optimized products in execution of technical activities that support key clients and the overall Griffith Laboratories business strategy.

For more information and application: Griffith Laboratories
Date posted: 3/17/14


Texas Tech University - Assistant or Associate Professor of Food Science

The successful applicant will be a faculty member in Animal and Food Sciences and will be a member of the Global Food Security/Nutrition, Food Safety, and Public Health Cluster within the International Center for Food Industry Excellence (ICFIE).

For more information and application: Texas Tech University
Date posted: 3/17/14


Papa John's

Associate QA Product Manager

Associate Quality Lab Technician

For more information, contact: Adam Brock, Adam_Brock@papajohns.com
Date posted: 3/7/14
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Meat Science

Assistant Professor, Meat Science - Iowa State University

The Department of Animal Science is seeking candidates for a 9-month, full-time, tenure track position at the Assistant Professor rank in processed meat science and technology. The initial appointment will be 60% research and 40% teaching. Individuals committed to establishing and maintaining a nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program in meat science with emphasis on value-added production of processed meats are sought.

For more information and application: Iowa State University
Date posted: 6/9/14
Deadline: 9/1/14


Meat Lab Manager - Virginia Tech

The successful candidate will be part of a meat science research team and contribute significant efforts to activities in the Virginia Tech Meat Science Research and Teaching Center. Meat laboratory manager responsibilities include, but are not limited to: animal harvesting, carcass fabrication, meat processing, and coordinating research, teaching, and extension activities in the meat science laboratory. This position will be involved with all aspects of a working meats facility and will be responsible for the training and supervision of student employees.

For more information and application: Virginia Tech
Date posted: 5/19/14


Nordic Foods - QA Manager

Works directly for plant manager. Work closely with production manager.  They will train on the daily tasks.  Inform production manager of deficiencies of product, SSOP's, SOP's, sanitation.

For more information, contact: Ted Jovanovic, tjovanovic@nordicfoods.com
Date posted: 5/5/14
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Fanestil Meats

We are looking for someone to help us in our Sausage Kitchen that has a meat science background. The responsibilities would include product formulation, documenting product specification & production.

For more information, contact: Dan Smoots, dansmoots@fanestils.com
Date posted: 5/5/14


Adams Land & Cattle - Animal Welfare and Food Safety Coordinator

The Animal Welfare and Food Safety Coordinator is a highly visible position with an exciting opportunity to lead the culture at Adams Land and Cattle. This is an ideal position for someone who enjoys a combination of work in the feedlot as well as time in an office setting.

For more information and application: Adams Land & Cattle
Date posted: 3/17/14



K-State Olathe - Summer Research Assistant

The Urban Food Production and Postharvest Handling Lab at KSU Olathe is looking for a summer student worker, with potential to continue working in the fall. The student research assistant will participate in projects related to the effects of pre- and postharvest on quality and shelf life of various fruits and vegetables, having the opportunity to conduct experiments as well as participate in collaborative research. The lab performs analysis of Produce quality including color, texture, shelf life, and nutritional compounds important for human health in addition to food contaminants  from the urban production environment. Our projects involve local farms, sustainable agriculture, and studying pre-and postharvest practices to increase quality of local crops.

For more information and application: Helena Chiebao, chiebao@ksu.edu
Date posted: 5/12/14


Jennie-O Turkey Store

Live Production Intern
Hatchery Logistics Intern

For more information and application: Jennie-O Careers
Date posted: 3/10/14

Fellowships and Postdoctorals

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
Email: tdinh@ads.msstate.edu

Date posted: 6/30/14


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