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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.

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Food Science 

Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Position in Food Science-Purdue University

The graduate student will work closely with both Drs. Amy Reibman, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Yaohua Feng, Assistant Professor of Food Safety. This student will participate in a collaborative project and execute applied research using visual analytics and other cross-cutting methods to evaluate human factors in food safety management. The research areas include, but are not limited to, identifying and evaluating factors that result in behavioral change among commercial food handlers and consumers. Through this project, the student will acquire strong expertise in assessing and evaluating behavior related to food safety using visual analytics research methods. This expertise can be directly applied to developing protocols and improving existing protocols for visual data and behavioral data analysis. The student will be hosted at Dr. Yaohua Feng’s Food Safety and Human Factor Research Group at Purdue University. Further training opportunities will be provided to develop a wide array of professional and personal skills, including mentorship, scientific writing, project management, and career development.


  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in computer science, agricultural biological engineering, or other relevant major.
  • Two-year research assistantship will be offered.
  • Demonstrated programming experience with Python, C, or C++.
  • Strong interest in pursuing a research degree in food science and food safety with an emphasis of video analytics and behavioral science.
  • Preferable start date is June 1st 2021. The position will be located at Purdue West Lafayette campus.

If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to Dr. Feng’s email at yhfeng@purdue.edu

Date posted: 1/20/2021


Lab Technologists - BevSource

BevSource is a leading provider of beverage development and operations solutions for beverage entrepreneurs all over the world. We've been bringing beverage ideas to life since 2002. As the beverage industry has evolved over the years, so has BevSource. Our latest resource for beverage innovators is our state-of-the-art pilot production and quality testing facility, The Lab. But what truly makes The Lab unique is our public-facing taproom, inclusive of everyone and offering more than just beer. This is where tasters and makers come together.

Full job description and application

Date posted: 1/20/2021

MRI Global

Multiple positions

Date posted: 1/20/2021


Food Safety Specialist-Univ of New Hampshire

The successful applicant will lead UNH Extension’s food safety team in development and delivery of research-based educational programming and technical assistance to farms and food manufacturers. These efforts will help build the capacity of these audiences to implement food safety practices in their businesses and craft relevant plans, including HACCP, GMPs and others. They will be the primary Extension resource for technical assistance to help farms and food manufacturers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety and Preventive Controls rules as well as other federal and local regulations.

Full description and application

Date posted: 1/20/2021


Quality Control - Russell Stover

As a company with a reputation built on being “Only the Finest” quality assurance is a priority in our manufacturing operations. The Quality Assurance Manager will promote and champion the company wide quality vision within the Abilene Manufacturing Plant. The Quality Assurance Manager will manage and direct the activities of a team of Quality Technicians and entry-level Quality professionals to ensure quality and compliance processes and standards are being properly executed.  This position requires detail orientation, the ability to balance multiple priorities and a sense of urgency for problem solving and continuous improvement.  A successful person in this role will have a strong people orientation, an impactful leadership presence and interpersonal skills to achieve results through influence. All of these attributes must be used to develop a proactive approach to product quality while maintaining a fast paced, continuous flow, large scale production operation. 

Full job description and application

Date posted: 1/20/2021


Division Director - West Virginia University

The Division of Animal & Nutritional Sciences at West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown, WV invites applications for a full-time, 12-month position of Division Director. Employment begins on July 1, 2021, or as otherwise negotiated. The Division Director reports to the Dean of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. Once hired, the Division Director, in addition to the administrative responsibilities, shall be active in research and teaching as determined by need.

Full description and application

Date posted: 11/3/2020


Food Microbiologist-Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

Full description and application

Date posted: 11/3/2020


Management Trainee-Seaboard Farms

Enter the workforce with a leading company in the pork industry. Work full-time and grow your skills as a management trainee to prepare for advanced roles at our company in Guymon, Okla. You can expect training that will prepare you for a supervisory or technical role of responsibility that allows you to make an impact in our company. You will spend 8-16 months learning our business and developing your skills to advance your career in the company while receiving technical, business management and leadership training. While gaining exposure to our integrated business, you will also receive career guidance and mentorship from our leadership team

Positions available: farm operations, pork processing, food safety and quality assurance, safety, feed milling, industrial maintenance, supply chain, sales and shipping and logistics.

Email Sydney.kleinert@seaboardfoods.com with any questions.

Full description and application

Date posted: 11/3/2020


Customer Experience & Development Manager-Purefield Ingredients

The Customer Experience & Development Mander will provide product support, assist in new formulations/product & innovation development, troubleshooting, customer experience enhancement, competitive insight, and overall customer relationship management at the plant level. The role will drive customer intimacy by supporting corporate initiatives, developing relationships outside corporate procurement, and furthering the Value Proposition of PureField Ingredients with local sourcing, traceability and superior safety & SQF ratings. Travel will be required 50% of the time throughout North America.


  • Develop and execute a comprehensive business strategy and work closely with key internal stakeholders (food safety, operations, plant management, R&D), to ensure alignment
  • Help develop and expand current product offering into high value segments and product mix
  • Develop and execute strategies and tactics to ensure the long-term customer experience adds value to PFI and most importantly our key customer segment
  • Review and enhance current and future product positioning and value proposition
  • Attend all necessary trade association meetings aimed at strengthening customer relationships
  • Portfolio Management – serve as the "quarterback" for a portfolio of products and coordinate product activities with operations, regulatory, finance, customer service, research and development, and 3rd party relations to ensure that quality products are delivered according to forecasted and budgeted goals
  • Provide competitive analysis and strategies/marketing programs to maximize returns and understand market dynamics
  • Coordinate all product activities through New Product Development, New Product Introduction/Launch plans and Supply and Operations Planning (S&OP) process leadership
  • Coordinate development of sales support materials, communication tactics, etc
  • Capture and communicate/respond to competitive market intelligence
  • Seeks always to meet current and foreseeable upcoming market needs in ways that provides differentiation and thereby competitive advantages or is there a better way philosophy

Bachelor's degree from an accredited College/University with at least five years' experience in food ingredients.


  • Microsoft products such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to execute and operate well in an environment of high empowerment
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong organizational skills and able to multi- task
  • Proven problem solving, analytical and project management skills
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision

The success of PureField Ingredients is a direct reflection of the dedicated employees who work here. If you would like to learn more about career opportunities, contact careers@purefield.com.

Date posted: 11/3/2020


Grandma Hoerner's Foods

Grandma Hoerner's Foods, a small jelly factory just north and west of Alma KS, has a job opportunity for students in Food Science. Currently Grandma Hoerner's is hiring for a wide array of positions. These positions range from part time to full time and from an environmental service technician or an entry level line worker to a technical service manager, managing food safety and quality for the entire plant.

Grandma Hoerner's is located at 31862 Thompson Road, Alma KS 66401 a short 20 to 25 minute drive from Manhattan KS. If you are interested please apply on indeed.com or send their resume to monica.spreer@grandmahoerners.com.

Date posted: 9/22/2020


Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and Director of Experiment Station

The Pennsylvania State University seeks an experienced, forward-looking professional to provide strategic leadership for policy, program, administrative, and external relations as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education for the College of Agricultural Sciences. The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education also serves as Director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station. The position requires an individual who brings energy, creativity, leadership, and vision to the advancement of both applied and basic research, procurement of grants, and administration of graduate programs. In addition, the position interfaces with, reports to, and ensures compliance with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and manages staff members to complete these duties.

Full description and application

Date posted: 9/15/2020


HAACP Coordinator-Central Valley Ag Cooperative

As the HACCP Coordinator for Central Valley Ag Cooperative you will be responsible for the development of the CVA's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Safe Feed Production Policies. This position will also be responsible for ensuring that CVA's policies and procedures are in practice at each location across the Company.

Full job description and application

Date posted: May 4, 2020


Laboratory Operations Manager - Food Safety Net Services

Responsible for the management of daily laboratory operations consisting primarily of the execution of microbiological and chemical methods, including techniques, processes, quality control, and interpretation in a commercial laboratory operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Maintain quality and efficiency, ensuring all laboratory day-to-day execution is consistent and in adherence with FSNS' standard of operations for all testing performed by maintaining a balance between laboratory supervision and administrative duties. Effectively execute enhancements to profitability, productivity, and efficiency throughout the laboratory.

Full description and application

Date posted: 4/20/2020


Department of Horticulture Chair - Washington State University

The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University seeks a distinguished academic leader to be Chair of the Department of Horticulture (https://horticulture.wsu.edu/). Applications are invited for a full-time, 12-month tenure-eligible position to begin July 1, 2020, or as negotiated, at the Pullman, WA campus. The position offers an exciting opportunity for leadership in developing new strategic initiatives and in further advancing established areas of departmental excellence in research, extension, and teaching. Members of the Department conduct research, teaching, and extension activities to train and inform students and stakeholders working in a wide range of horticultural crops that directly contribute more than $4 billion to the state economy. The opportunity to hire new faculty over the next 3 - 5 years will reshape, strengthen, and define the Department's role in fulfilling its mission.

Full job description and application

Date posted: 2/4/2020


Jobs Available at the Kansas Department of Agriculture

Details about the job openings at KDA can be found at the following individual job postings through the State Employment Center. To apply, follow the instructions in the "How to Apply" section found within each posting.

Job listing and application

Questions? Contact the KDA assistant HR director:
Kelsey Senn

Date posted: 7/12/19


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Summer Research Opportunity at K-State

Are you an undergraduate student with an interest in plant science, biology, or agriculture topics and looking for an engaging paid summer professional development opportunity?

Kansas State University (K-State) will be offering summer internships in plant health! The projects include plant pathology, plant genetics, horticulture, entomology, agronomy, biochemistry, and microbiology topics. The student interns will work with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students in multiple departments at K-State on research projects that will be either lab-, greenhouse-, field-based, or a combination of above components. Students will have opportunities to learn about extension and outreach programs that bring our applied science out to farmers and the general public to put science into action. Students will engage in field trips and hands-on group activities plus learn professional development to prepare for graduate school or the workforce.

Application deadline: February 11 (reference letters due February 15)

The general website is here: https://www.plantpath.k-state.edu/undergraduate/reeu/index.html

The summer 2021 projects are here: https://www.plantpath.k-state.edu/undergraduate/reeu/2020-projects/index.html

A printable flier is here: https://www.plantpath.k-state.edu/undergraduate/reeu/files/REU2021Flyer.pdf

Got questions? Email Dr. Megan Kennelly: kennelly@ksu.edu

Date posted: 1/20/2021


KS Dept of Agriculture-Spring 2021 interns

The State of Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is accepting applications for 2021 Spring Interns. Students should be of Junior or Senior status or pursuing an advanced degree to apply.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, writing example and two letters of reference to KDA.Internship@ks.gov no later than February 1.

Full description and application

Date posted: 1/20/2021


Food Ingredients/Applications Co-op-ICL Group

ICL is a global leader in the Bromine, Potash, Phosphates and Innovative Ag Solutions markets.  More than 11,000 talented employees across 30 countries in 5 continents work tirelessly to support humanity’s most crucial needs.  Our employees are helping to feed the world’s growing population whiling providing better and safer industrial solutions that improve quality of life.

This position will assist with research efforts in our food ingredients division with an emphasis on applications research in bakery, beverage, dairy and meat products.

Semester Offered: Summer/Fall 2021

Full description and application

Date posted: 1/20/2021


Intern-Technical-Molson Coors Beverage Company

Molson Coors has several Operations Internship roles for summer 2021 in Brewing, Packaging, Customer Service (Supply Chain), and Technical Services to help the Brewery and Company meet their overall goals through implementation of successful projects. These shall include designing, planning, organizing, scheduling and leading projects in the Brewery. These projects will be very diverse in nature and may be focused around systems, process, and/or capital projects. Interns are required to apply project management principles as well as technical expertise to assure projects are executed successfully to meet business objectives. Additionally, the intern serves as a resource to help support high-level technical issues within the Brewery.

Full description and application

Date posted: 1/20/2021


Technical Applications Group Internship-Nestle

At Nestlé, we offer a paid summer internship in our Technical Applications Group. Our product development team leads all aspects of the entire development process, from design to manufacturing. Students are given real-life responsibilities through involvement in various activities, initiatives and the chance to lead their own projects. The projects will vary in complexity and provide good exposure to a wide range of activities performed by our product developers.


Date posted: 1/20/2021


Research & Development Intern-The Freshpet Company

We have an open position for an internship in our R&D department to help support new Product Developments, new Ingredient Developments and Process Improvements. The duration of the internship is flexible but expected to be around 10 weeks, from May to August 2021.

Full description and application

Date posted: 10/20/2020


Food Science Engineering Intern-Post Consumer Brands

Looking to pursue a career in Food Science & Engineering? Do you want to gain hands-on experience in a growing, mission-driven, consumer-centric organization? Post Consumer Brands is looking for an Food Science Engineering intern for a 12-week summer 2021 immersive & transformative internship experience. Post Consumer Brands is unique as our core values & mission is at the forefront of our efforts. Consider joining our team to launch the success story of your career journey.

Full description and application

Date posted: 10/15/2020


Land O'Lakes Global Food Challenge

The Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security program is a leadership development opportunity for college students, in the summer between their sophomore and junior year.

This 12-week internship allows you to work on a business consultation project with mentorship as you visit cooperatives in rural areas across the United States, the Minnesota State Capitol to connect with legislators, and Africa to learn about how nonprofits and agribusinesses are working to advance agriculture. You'll present your final project to a group of Land O'Lakes leaders at the end of your internship in August.

Full description and application

Date posted: 9/29/2020


Land O'Lakes

Land O'Lakes Supply Chain & Operations team supports all company business units and is vital to helping us shape the future of food, agriculture, and sustainability. Our end-to-end supply chain covers multiple disciplines, each offering career opportunities to you in the following areas. We are recruiting for internship and full-time new grad opportunities within our WinField United, Purina Animal Nutrition, and Dairy Foods divisions.

Available positions and application

Date posted: 9/15/2020


IFT Feeding Tomorrow Intern programs

The IFT Feeding Tomorrow Intern+ Program is designed to connect IFT student members to a variety professional internships and trainee programs plus (+) support the recipient with an academic scholarship (and/or) travel scholarship to attend IFT Annual Event. Our industry partners offer either paid internships or housing stipends. And there's also the added bonus that you will also receive either an academic scholarship for your tuition or a travel scholarship to attend the IFT Annual Event.

Details and application

Date posted: 9/8/2020


Intern Opportunity-U.S. Senator & Committee on Ag, Nutrition & Forestry Chairman

U.S. Senator and Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman, Pat Roberts, seeks interns for his Washington, DC Ag Committee office. The internship will last from August to early December, and includes a monthly stipend. Successful candidates have a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in agriculture. Preference is given to rising juniors or seniors. Interns will research legislation, attend briefings and hearings, answer phones, and provide support to the Committee staff.

For more information and to apply please visit https://www.agriculture.senate.gov/about/internships

Date posted: 5/28/19


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Fellowships and Postdoctorals

FFAR Fellows

Graduate students in our top universities spend years honing their research capabilities. Yet, the keys to success include mastering the essential soft skills: Dealing with interpersonal conflict, understanding and managing different communication styles and ways of working, accepting and giving appropriate and useful feedback, truly listening and communicating to various publics.

Applications now being accepted

Date posted: 1/20/2021


Postdoctoral in Food Virology-Univ of Florida

A Postdoctoral Research Scholar is sought to join Dr. Naim Montazeri's Food and Environmental Virology Research Group within the University of Florida - Department of Food Science and Nutrition to address pressing issues concerning the impact of COVID-19 on the food sector. The position will be located at the UF main campus in Gainesville, FL. This is a full-time research position for one year with potential extension depending on the availability of funding. The anticipated start date is Jan 4, 2021 (earlier start dates are negotiable).

Full description and application

Date posted: 11/3/2020


Postdoctoral Scientist (PhD) Food Safety-Louisiana State University

The School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the Louisiana State University AgCenter seeks one postdoctoral scientist/research associate to work in the food safety program of Dr. Achyut Adhikari. The selected applicant will work on produce food safety research and extension activities related to the Food Safety Modernization Act requirements. The project is in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) and Southern University AgCenter.

Full description and application

Date posted: 10/20/2020


Kansas Food & Agriculture Policy Fellowship

The Kansas Food and Agricultural Policy Fellowship Program (Ag Fellows) provides a premier leadership opportunity for Kansas undergraduate or graduate students studying an agricultural field to serve the state's food and agricultural industry, and gain valuable public policy experience at both the state and federal levels.

Program details and application

Date posted: 10/15/2020


Post Doc Research Associate-University of Nebraska

A postdoctoral research associate position with competitive salary and benefits is available under the supervision of Dr. Byron Chaves (Department of Food Science and Technology) and Dr. Hiep Vu (Department of Animal Science and Nebraska Center for Virology) to work on the intersection of food safety and COVID-19. The incumbent's home department will be Food Science and Technology and will be primarily located in the Food Innovation Center, Nebraska Innovation Campus (Lincoln, NE). The postdoctoral associate will design, conduct, analyze, and report experiments on the survival and persistence of various BSL2 viruses in meat and poultry matrices and associated surfaces with the goal of identifying suitable surrogates for SARS-CoV-2. This is USDA-NIFA funded position with an 18-month duration.

Candidates must have a PhD in Food Science, Animal Science, Meat Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Veterinary Sciences, Virology, or related fields. Strong laboratory experience and excellent technical skills in microbiology, cell culture, biochemistry, and molecular biology are required. Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to work both independently and cooperatively within a multi-cultural team are essential qualifications.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and or university level.

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

Date posted: 9/22/2020


Postdoctoral Research Associate – Microbial Food Safety

Dr. Pratik Banerjee's laboratory in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign seeks a qualified applicant to fill a full-time, 12-month Postdoctoral Research Associate's position.
This position will work closely on projects to study the complex microbial ecosystem of food commodities and food
production environment and its role in the transmission of pathogens causing elevated food safety and human health
risks. The position will also be heavily involved in the development and dissemination of educational content on food
safety regulations such as FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This relates to the ongoing Food Safety
Outreach Program within the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). This position is
currently funded for two (2) years with the possibility of extension.

Full description and application

Date posted: 9/15/2020


Post Doc Researcher-Food Microbiologist-The Ohio State University

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher specializing in food microbiology to work on various projects in the Departments of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Food Science and Technology. The position involves considerable interdisciplinary and collaborative activities and is located in the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Full description and application

Date posted: 9/8/2020


Fellow (Post Doc) - Kansas State University

The purpose of this position is to provide research support in the form a post-doc to support research efforts aimed at identifying and characterizing sorghum phenolics and their bioactivity and how food processing impacts phenolic compounds and their activity.

Conduct research characterizing and analyzing phenolic compounds in sorghum grain and sorghum based food products. As part of this research, the candidate will be responsible for optimizing extraction of sorghum phenolic compounds, analyzing and identifying compounds present in extracts using techniques such as high-performance liquid chromatography, mass-spec and other forms of spectroscopy, bioactivity assays, etc. Research on protein-phenolic interactions and their effect on bioactivity will also be investigated as well as the effect of processing (milling, baking, cooking, etc.) on sorghum phenolic chemistry and activity. Overall, the researcher will be responsible to conduct related experiments, collect and curate experimental data, statistical analysis, assist in preparation of scientific articles, project update reports and project proposals.

Full description and application

Date posted: 5/7/2020




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