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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 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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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 HRServices@kda.ks.gov
Date posted: 7/29/14
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Assistant Professor, Food Microbiology - Kansas State University

Develop and maintain a well recognized and externally funded research program to support and expand K-State's food safety, quality and defense programs as key components of the university's Global Food Systems initiative and Vision 2012 goals.

For more information and application: Kansas State University
Date posted: 7/29/14
Deadline: 8/20/14


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


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


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

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


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

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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