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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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We value FSI relationships with agricultural, food and business communities to provide student learning and career opportunities. Recently, Lindsey Jansen, from Cargill's Corn Milling North America division, visited campus to provide an overview of Cargill's business divisions and to discuss how corn is processed into many food and industrial products. She discussed internship opportunities in the manufacturing division for science-oriented students, and provided guidance on submitting applications to be considered for positions during summer 2017. We want to thank Cargill for supporting our program and students.

Job Opportunities

Food Science

PepsiCo - R&D

Full time job opportunities

Date posted: 9/23/16
Deadline: 10/4/16


Manildra USA Headquarters

Food Technologist - The position is responsible for both carrying out the daily lab testing activities and acting as a technical resource for sales and customers. Primary testing will be formulating and evaluating ingredients in the baking category, though crossover to other food products will occur. Travel for this position will be up to 25%.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Obtain thorough understanding of the Manildra portfolio to optimize ingredient use in a variety of applications.
  • Execute food applications research and testing to support sales strategies and company initiatives.
  • Complete customer projects identified by sales or technical team, from lab analysis to finished report and presentation.
  • Provide support for research initiatives, testing new products to identify market opportunity.
  • Perform various lab analysis
  • Keep lab maintained in a neat and orderly way to facilitate customer meetings and presentations.
  • Providing technical resources to assist sales force with new business opportunities.
  • Explore new technologies or new ways to utilize existing resources to create value-added opportunities.

For more information, contact: Brook Carson, bcarson@maildrausa.com
Date posted: 9/19/16


PepsiCo - Manufacturing Operations Associate

For more information and application: PepsiCo
Date posted: 9/19/16


Concordia College

Job Summary: Serve as director of an accredited program in dietetics with the opportunity to teach courses in food science, quantity foods, and institutional management. In addition, the candidate will supervise the foods laboratory assistant, oversee food laboratory resources, and engage in departmental activities. Position responsibilities include student advisement and participation in department and campus committees.

For more information and application: Concordia College
Date posted: 9/13/16
Deadline: 11/14/16


Ardent Mills – Career Fair

Ardent Mills will be at the career fair on Tuesday September 20th looking to hire for Food Safety and Quality internships and full time positions. We will be having next day interviews on Wednesday after the career fair. Someone will be speaking Thursday September 22nd at the food science club meeting. Come to find out more about Ardent Mills and the opportunities we have available.

For more information: katelyn.ehrnman@ardentmills.com

Date posted: 9/7/16


Cargill Job and Internship Info Session

You are all invited to attend the Cargill Job & Internship Information Session on Sept. 13th! Representatives from Cargill will be present to discuss career and internship opportunities available to you.

Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30 pm in Weber 123

Food and drinks provided followed by presentation & interaction.


Date posted: 9/7/16


Florida State University

Food Science Assistant/Associate Professor (9 month, tenure track) Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences (NFES)

For more information: Dr. Qinchun Rao (Tel.: 850-644-8215 or email: qrao@fsu.edu)
Date posted: 8/29/16
Deadline: 10/17/16
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Didion Milling

Date posted: 8/29/16


Bimbo Bakeries USA

Date posted: 8/29/16



Food Safety and Quality Chemist 2017

Date posted: 8/29/16


Kansas State University

Sustainable Food Production Systems
Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources (formerly Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources)
POSITION: Assistant Professor, Sustainable Food Production Systems, 12-month, tenure-track, 60% teaching, 40% research

For more information and application: Kansas State University
Date posted: 8/25/16
Deadline: 10/14/16


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
Contact: Dr. Luke Boatright, 859-257-5988, luke.boatright@uky.edu
Date posted: 8/16/16
Deadline: 11/15/16

Chew - Senior Director of Food Science

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Lead the chocolate contract and client of Chew − Manages client relationship, including daily interactions, monthly face to face meetings, and sample production process Team lead and management − Manages team members' projects, development and growth, team dynamic, and operations − Leads development for all projects within the team − Creates the project plan and effectively guiding the team towards progression − Provides leadership and support for innovation & technical needs.

For more information: www.indeed.com
Date posted: 8/8/16

Sales Manager – Food Ingredients

Musim Mas is a fully integrated Palm Oil organization and is one of the most dynamic palm oil groups in the Far East with a diversified portfolio of products and assets. Our activities are centered on core business of oil palm cultivation and palm, palm kernel and coconut oil processing. We are one of the market leaders in the manufacturing of palm oil and palm kernel oil products, soap, margarine, specialty fats, oleo chemicals, and fatty esters and handle a volume of about 4 million tons annually. To meet this rapid expansion, we seek a dynamic and result-oriented individual to be part of our team in our ICOF America office.

For more information: Musim Mas Group
Date posted: 8/2/16
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Quality Control Lab Technician

The opportunity that we are currently looking to fill is a Quality Control Lab Technician. This position requires a degree in Chemistry and/or Food Science, however, candidates with a degree in Biology or Chemical Engineering will also be considered. The position would require QC work in the lab, as well as QA work on the production floor. Pay would vary based on experience.

For more information, contact: 913-333-5612 or by email: trahe@aerotek.com
Date posted: 7/19/16

QA Technician - Russell Stover

For more information and application: Russell Stover Candies

Date posted: 7/5/16

Assistant Professor of Animal Science - Texas Tech University

Nine-month, tenure-track, teaching and research position in sustainable livestock management. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ruminant nutrition, production, and management, as well as advising undergraduate students and supervising graduate student research. The research focus for this position will be on grazing nutrition and management with an emphasis on efficiency and sustainability of renewable and nonrenewable inputs.

Applicants must apply on line at www.depts.ttu.edu/hradministration. The requisition number 7297BR.

For more information, contact: Dr. Brad Johnson, Phone: 806-834-7057; E-mail: bradley.johnson@ttu.edu

Date posted: 6/13/16

Food Chemist - Dairy Protein Powders - Albert Lea, MN

Requires 3+ years experience in a manufacturer of dairy protein powders and related products as a Food Chemist working to develop new products and product recipes.

For more information, contact: James Franco at (609) 584-9000 ext 283
Application: Diedre Moire Corporation, Inc.
Date posted: 6/13/16

Idaho Milk Products

Idaho Milk Products is an international milk processing leader, supplying IdaPro Milk Protein Concentrate (MPC), IdaPro Milk Permeate, and IdaPro Cream to customers around the globe. Our superior quality products are used in a variety of applications from nutritional products to cheese, yogurt and other dairy based foods.

Senior Research and Development Scientist

Date posted: 6/6/16

Dairy Farmers of America

Several positions at Garden City, KS location

For more information and application on these positions: Dairy Farmers of America
In the Zip Code box, type in 67846
Date posted: 6/6/16

South Dakota State University

The Dairy Science Department at South Dakota State University is inviting applications for the position of Industrial Food Engineering Technologist - Institute for Dairy Ingredient Processing (IDIP). The successful candidate will serve as a resource for the application of food manufacturing engineering principles to dairy and food science research projects for internal and external clients.

For more information and application: South Dakota State University
Search for: Industrial Food Engineering Technologist
Date posted: 5/23/16

Monogram Foods

Looking for QA Managers and Assistant QA Managers to join our team here at Monogram Foods. We've got opportunities at our plants in Minnesota, Virginia, Iowa, and Wisconsin. We offer growth potential, an excellent base salary, and performance based incentives.

For more information visit www.monogramfoods.com

Contact Nielsen Ferry, 901-833-0157 | nferry@monogramfoods.com
Date posted: 5/23/16

Smithfield Foods - Food Safety Analyst

This position assists the Food Safety Manager to ensure the food safety system at the plant is properly written, documented and implemented - thus ensuring USDA regulatory compliance and the production of safe and wholesome meat products. The Food Safety Analyst position is for Food Safety employees with the appropriate educational requirements as well as two plus years of experience in Food Safety.

For more information and application: Smithfield Foods
Date posted: 5/16/16

Production Team Advisor - Schreiber Foods

Clinton, MO
Carthage, MO

Date posted: 5/9/16

Food Quality Managers – Advance Pierre Foods

The Quality Manager is responsible for the food safety, quality, and regulatory compliance of the manufacturing location and for driving a culture of continuous improvement in all areas of responsibility.

For more information and application: Advance Pierre Foods
Date posted: 4/25/16

Food Technologist – Materials – Russell Stover Candies

The Food Technologist-Materials role is based within the R&D/QA function at Russell Stover Candies. The Food Technologist will play a critical role in researching and evaluating alternative raw materials and suppliers in anticipation of changing market trends. The focus of this role will be on specifications, supplier documentation and overall progress in raw material quality and status. This role reports to the Senior Manager Food Science and Regulatory Affairs.

For more information and application: Russell Stover
Date posted: 4/25/16

Food Technologist

Pay: Salaried, $40k-$45k starting salary
Location: Mount Pleasant, WI


  1. Bachelor's Degree in Food Science
  2. Any academic emphasis with Flavor Chemistry is a huge plus.
  3. Computer Skills – PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  4. Basic professional speaking and presenting skills.
  5. Ability to travel internationally 5 times per year.


  • Work on projects and develop demos
  • Give recommendations on masking and flavor enhancements.
  • Perform capabilities-presentations.
  • Work on developing new formulations to showcase ingredients.
  • Match flavor profiles.
  • Organize and prepare samples and demonstrations for trade shows.
  • Document and record project results.
  • Perform sensory analysis
  • Work on cost-savings projects

For more information contact: John Bodnar at jbodnar@aerotek.com
Date posted: 4/18/16

Swagger Foods

Research and Development Tech

Food Lab Tech

Project Assistant

Date posted: 4/4/16
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Didion Milling

R&D Lab Technician

Date posted: 3/28/16

Neogen Corporation

We are growing, and in order to continue to meet the needs of our customers we are looking for a Market Development Manager based in our Lansing offices, for our Dairy, Grain, and related segments. The right candidate for this position will be a key contributor in our Food Safety Marketing Team, responsible for creating demand in the market for our products which ensure food safety.

For more information and application: Neogen Corporation
Date posted: 3/28/16

Cool Creations - QA Manager

A basic knowledge of food safety protocol, GMP's, HACCP, and nutrition labeling. The ability to read, understand and implement changes to regulations. A willingness to contribute to other business functions inherent to a lean operation. Including but not limited to customer interaction, record keeping and other daily tasks.

Qualifications: Food Sciences degree

Application Instructions: Send resume to bobc@ccproduce.net
Date posted: 3/28/16

Griffith Foods

Associate Food Scientist

Food Scientist

Date posted: 3/21/16


Penn State University

The Department of Food Science at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a Manager for the Berkey Creamery.

For more information and application: Penn State University
Date posted: 3/21/16

Meat Science

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PepsiCo - R&D

Internship opportunities

Date posted: 9/23/16
Deadline: 10/4/16


PepsiCo - Manufacturing Operations Intern

For more information and application: PepsiCo
Date posted: 9/19/16


Food Safety and Quality Chemist Intern 2017

Date posted: 8/29/16

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Fellowships and Postdoctorals

Postdoctoral Researcher in Food Microbiology

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
4301 West Markham, #820
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-7199
501/526-6750 (fax)

Postdoctoral Researcher in Food Microbiology

A postdoctoral position is immediately available for research focusing on food safety and microbiology in the laboratory of Dr. En Huang in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The candidate is expected to design and perform experiments, analyze experimental data, generate summary reports, give scientific presentations, and summarize findings in written format for publication. The candidate will conduct research dealing with development of novel antimicrobial agents, suitable for food, feed, or medical applications. The candidate will carry out research on isolation and identification of new antimicrobial-producing microorganisms, chemical elucidation of antimicrobial compounds, and investigate the mechanism of inactivation of bacterial pathogens of the newly-discovered antimicrobials. Other potential research areas include nonthermal processing technologies, novel methods of pathogen detection, microbiomes, genomics of foodborne pathogens, and characterization of mechanisms responsible for persistence of pathogens in foods or environments. The candidate will assist with other research activities, including coordination and operation of the research program, graduate student training, and activities related to obtaining and managing grants.


Recent PhD. in food microbiology, food science, microbiology, molecular biology, or related fields. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Good command of the English language (speaking and writing), as well as analytical and computational skills are essential. Experiences in molecular biology, foodborne pathogens, cell culture, animal research, and instrumental analysis (e.g., HPLC and mass spectrometry) are preferred.

Application procedure

Interested applicants should contact Dr. En Huang by email (ehuang@uams.edu). Please include a single PDF file containing a cover letter briefly describing research interests and accomplishments, a CV with a complete list of publications, and names of three references. For more information please contact:

En Huang, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health
Environmental and Occupational Health
4301 West Markham St., Slot 820
Little Rock, AR 72205
Tel : +1 (501) 526 6627
Email: ehuang@uams.edu


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