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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 

Plant Technician-Fairlife, LLC

The Pilot Plant Technician will support and assist in the operation of the R&D Pilot Plant in Chicago. This position will be responsible for executing trials and operate process equipment with GMP under general supervision while maintaining a safe, clean, and sanitary work area. This role will work with the Manager to make recommendations to the Research & Development team as well as the Chief Scientist regarding new products, etc.

Full description and application

Date posted: 6/14/2021


Quality & Food Safety Senior Technologist - Mars, Inc.

The position is responsible for administering quality control programs required by the business as defined by the global Quality Management Program (QMP). The position leads the site internal audits, corrective actions and is responsible for the maintenance of the required quality documentation, including all elements required by the ISO 9001/FSSC22000 standard in addition to all elements of the Mars QMP. The position provides an ongoing organizational capability to audit and report all quality information and measurement data, especially input from customers and consumers. The job involves ISO 9001/FSSC22000 administration; training, auditing, problem solving and assuring corrective actions are properly implemented. The position promotes product safety and general product quality awareness acting as a liaison between manufacturing sites.

Full description and application

Date posted: 6/14/2021


Associate Manager, Consumer Research-Wolfgroup

At the Wolf Group, we’re always eager to find highly motivated, hardworking people with a ‘cando’, positive attitude who love to learn in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and want to grow with our small, but, productive team.

As an Associate Manager, Consumer Research, you will be a vital member of our team focusing on the food and beverage space. This position reports to the Director, Technical Services and Client Relations. Your responsibilities include research and questionnaire design across a range of research methodologies, project costing, and onsite project management to deliver reports with actionable results. In addition to all aspects of project management, your goal will be to build rapport with clients as a trusted partner as we strive to exceed client expectations no matter the scale of the project.


Date posted: 5/28/2021


Analytical Scientist-Agropur

We are an employee-focused organization that promotes from within and are looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented employees to join our growing team. Founded in 1938, Agropur is a top 20 global dairy processor. In addition to being one of the largest award-winning cheese manufacturers, Agropur is a leader in high quality and diverse nutritional whey proteins. Agropur’s 10 US-based, SQF Certified plants are behind some of the most prominent food, beverage, and nutrition brands in the industry. Vertically integrated by design, Agropur provides future-forward solutions in the areas of cheese, ingredients, beverages, and custom contract manufacturing services. “Better Dairy. Better World.”

Full description and application

Date posted: 5/28/2021


Assistant Professor of Community Nutrition and Health - Iowa State University

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and the College of Human Sciences, at Iowa State University, in Ames Iowa seek applicants for an Assistant Professor (tenure-eligible, full-time, 12-month). The Position Responsibilities are 70% Extension and Outreach, 25% research, and 5% service. The faculty will foster education and outreach, and lead research programs in the priority areas of community nutrition and health promotion for the citizens of Iowa.

Full description and application

Date posted: 5/10/2021



Individual contributor with focus on global innovation for antimicrobial / disinfecting chemistry to support ongoing and new projects The individual in this position demonstrates a strong knowledge foundation in the basic principles and applications in their area of expertise. Person applies a working knowledge of related disciplines, works on a wide range of problems and uses critical thinking to achieve solutions. Person gains recognition from peers in a selected technical field. Plans and performs laboratory assignments and customer trials, tests and assembles experimental apparatus, operates various machines and testing equipment in evaluation of products. Records experimental data, makes calculations and prepares reports covering work. Individual contributes to the design of technical projects and program proposals. Person communicates regularly on progress of, and requirements to complete assigned work with manager, project teams and suppliers. Designs and conducts experimentation using required equipment and instrumentation. Leads assigned project tasks while collaborating with support staff. Works & plans with close supervision. Position may supervise laboratory work of contractors and technicians.

Minimum Professional Education & Experience Guidelines: MS entry level; BS+2 yrs. experience. Prefer PhD entry level.


901 Renaissance Blvd Sturtevant, WI 53177

Email: Clive.Burrell@Diversey.com 

Date posted: 5/4/2021


Research Specialist-University of Wisconsin-Madison

The successful candidate will be directly supervised but must be capable of working independently and coordinating multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment. This individual must be able to pass screening to be authorized to work with TIER 1 Select Agents. Candidates should be capable of performing physical activities required for food challenge studies, including mouse bioassay, and must be available to work outside usual business hours if required. A 12-month period of evaluation will be required.

Full description and application

Date posted: 5/4/2021


Microbiology Technician-Merieux NutriSciences


Product Development Food Technologist-Organic Valley

The R&D Food Technologist will be responsible for assisting in product formulation, sensory analysis, ingredient document support, coordinating information, and other day-to-day duties within the Product Development department. The Food Technologist will also work with the Production, Finance, Supply Chain, Quality Assurance, and Marketing departments to support product quality.

Full description and application

Date posted: 5/4/2021


Food Safety Specialist-Spicin Foods

The Food Safety Specialist is a key member of our company who assist in implementing, maintaining, and improving all quality food safety systems (i.e HACCP, BRC, FSMA and GSFI). Who ensures product safety, regulatory compliance, and compliance with company standards. Also, partners to drives Continuous Improvement efforts in product quality/performance and process optimization.

Full description and application

Date posted: 5/4/2021


Assistant Professor-Food Traceability-Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking applicants for a tenure track faculty position in Food Traceability as part of its Phase II SmartFarm Innovation Network™ faculty cluster hire. Phase II includes a total of seven (7) faculty positions to be filled within several academic units and Agricultural Research and Extension Centers. Collaborations of cluster hires and existing faculty will enhance interdisciplinary flagship programs at the nexus of digital, biological, social, and physical sciences and engineering with application to agriculture, food, and natural resources.

Full description and application

Date posted: 4/26/2021


Assistant Professor-Food Packaging-Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking applicants for a tenure track faculty position in Food Packaging located in the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) as part of its Phase II SmartFarm Innovation NetworkTM faculty cluster hire. Phase II includes a total of seven (7) faculty positions to be filled within several academic units and Agricultural Research and Extension Centers. Collaborations of cluster hires and existing faculty will enhance interdisciplinary flagship programs at the nexus of digital, biological, social, and physical sciences and engineering with application to agriculture, food, and natural resources.

Full description and application

Date posted: 4/26/2021


Senior Food Technologist-Simmons Pet Food


Responsible for the development of new products and / or improvement of existing products to meet strategic business objectives and provide customer support. Assumes complete ownership for a range of products. Develops a sense of the complete product line integration of the customer rather than just project management. Work is conducted largely independent of the supervisor although they are to be continually updated on project progress.

Full description and application

Date posted: 4/26/2021


Assistant Professor-Mississippi State University

This is a 12-month, tenure track position consisting of a 100% Research appointment. The primary function of this position will be, as one of the core team members of the ESPL, to develop an aggressive engineering-based research program that is supported by externally competitive and other grants to enhance aquatic food processing yield, food product diversity, food safety and quality and to provide solutions to engineering problems encountered in the aquatic food industries.

Full description and application

Date posted: 4/5/2021


Assistant Professor-Food Microbiology Research & Teaching

This is a 9-month, tenure-accruing position with 50% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 50% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) responsibilities available in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The successful applicant is expected to establish an active, externally funded research program and develop an effective teaching program focused on food microbiology. The food microbiologist is expected to conduct research in areas of emphasis that might include, but are not limited to molecular microbiology, anaerobes, microbiome, genomics of foodborne pathogens, microbial pathogenesis, nanotechnology, antimicrobials, and pathogen source-tracking with specific emphasis on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Teaching responsibilities will include, but not limited to teaching Advanced Food Microbiology (FOS 6226) annually, a graduate course in their area of specialty and providing guest lectures for other courses as necessary. Tenure will accrue in FSHN.

Full job description and application

Date posted: 3/29/2021


Assistant Professor in Dairy Manufacturing-South Dakota State Univ.

The Dairy and Food Science Department at South Dakota State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor – Dairy Manufacturing. This position provides a unique opportunity for research and to train future leaders in diary manufacturing. This is a tenure-track, 9-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. The position includes an 80% research and 20% teaching appointment with opportunities to supplement salary for up to 10 weeks in the summer from extramural funds acquired by the faculty member. This position is supervised by the Department Head of Dairy and Food Science and has an expected start date in August 2021.

Full job description and application

Date posted: 3/29/2021

Applications due: 4/5/2021


Assoc Prof-Alfred Chair in Dairy Manufacturing -South Dakota State University

The Dairy and Food Science Department at South Dakota State University invites applications for the position of Associate Professor – Endowed Alfred Chair in Dairy Manufacturing. This position provides a unique opportunity for research and to train future leaders in dairy manufacturing. This is a tenure-track, 9-month, 88% research and 12% teaching appointment with opportunities to supplement salary for up to 10 weeks in the summer from extramural funds acquired by the faculty member. This position is supervised by the Department Head of Dairy and Food Science and has an expected start date in August 2021.

Full job description and application

Date posted: 3/29/2021

Applications due: 4/5/2021


KS Department of Agriculture - State of Kansas

Meat and Poultry Inspectors

Food Drug and Lodging Surveyor

State of Kansas Careers Portal

Date posted: 3/29/2021


Seaboard Foods

Here’s a link to Seaboard’s careers page: https://seaboardfoods.com/Careers/Pages/Campus-Corner.aspx

Date posted: 3/29/2021


Quality Supervisor-Bev-Hub

Quality Supervisor
Bev-Hub– Manhattan, KS

Job Description:
Company Name: Bev-Hub
Position Type: Full Time, Salaried
FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Position Summary:
We are seeking a knowledgeable and experienced individual to lead functional groups in the Quality Department. Provide expertise and guidance in many aspects of the Food and Safety Management System. A hands-on position with emphasis on process supervision, laboratory management, Food Safety Management System supervision, real-time problem solving and trouble shooting.

Essential Job Functions:
• Daily Quality oversight and review of production processes including in-process approvals/corrections/corrective actions
• Supervision of Quality Lab functions, data gathering, and reporting
• Execution of Food Safety Management System functions and responsibilities related to meeting customer and operational minimum standards.
• Monitoring inventory at receipt, use and aging.
• Assisting Quality staff with daily analytical data gathering, interpretation, reporting and verification.
• Assist in verification practices daily for various Food Safety Management System data points.
• Assist in Food Safety Team Assessments, internal audits, approvals, reviews, or other activities as needed.
• Fill-in activities for Food Safety Management System expectations, up to Audit Liaison duties for Regulatory, Customer, and Certification Scheme entities.
• Creation, revision, update, and implementation of Food Safety Management System documentation. Including: policies, procedures, forms, checklists.
• BatchMaster enterprise resource planning system duties as required/assigned.
Minimum Position Qualifications/Education:
• Bachelor’s Degree in food science, chemistry, or related life science
• Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP) Certification
• Required Travel: Under 20%

Preferred Experience:
• SQF Practitioner Certification (or Equivalent)
• Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Certification
• Proficient in Microsoft Suite applications/programs
• Communication Skills – oral and written
• Proficient in laboratory setting; demonstrated ability to follow testing protocols, record data accurately, and reporting
• Proficiency in small group work dynamics

Date posted: 3/29/2021


Assistant/Associate Professor and Extension Specialist - University of Georgia

Assistant/Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Food Safety and Preservation (75% Extension and 25% Research) academic year appointment with 2 months summer salary as long as the appointment is 50% or greater in Extension in the Foods and Nutrition Department, College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Full description and application

Date posted: 2/23/21


MRI Global

Multiple positions

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


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


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


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


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Research & Development Food Science Intern-Nature Soy

Nature Soy LLC is looking for a Research & Development Food Science Intern to conduct research for product innovation, support R&D initiatives and the execution of new product launches from concept to commercialization. This will encompass understanding the intricacies of the recipes, safeguarding the recipes, cooking products, and maintaining a safe and sanitary workplace. Ideal candidates will have formal culinary experience, be detail-oriented, have strong organization skills, be skilled communicators, and love making plant-base products.

Full description and application

Date posted: 5/4/2021


Student Internships-Opus International, Inc

Looking for an internship? Opus International, Inc has added a section to their website for food companies to post available internships:


Date posted: 4/26/2021


Quality Assurance/R&D-PureField Ingredients

A little bit about PureField Ingredients… we are America’s leading producer of wheat protein. Our locally sourced plant-based protein is valued for its quality, consistency, and high protein levels. As we see our ingredients rise in popularity with use in applications such as meat-alternatives, baked goods/snacks, pasta, and even pet food, we are working harder than ever to understand the science behind what makes wheat protein stand out amongst all plant proteins. That’s where an intern comes in! We are seeking a curious and motivated individual to be part of our Quality Assurance / R&D Team. The right person could be a student or new professional who will primarily assist with lab testing (both with raw materials and finished product testing). For the right person, we will also introduce special projects related to food safety, new wheat crops, and R&D, specifically understanding our product’s functionality in finished applications. We think someone from the Grain Science and Industry, or Food Science Departments at Kansas State University would be ideal.

Interested candidates can reach out with their resume and cover letter to myself (dawn.crampton@purefield.com) and Barb Elliott (barb.elliott@purefield.com) via email.

Date posted: 4/26/2021


Kansas Micro-Internship Program

We are excited to share a new opportunity to connect with Kansas-based companies and non-profit organizations through short-term, paid professional opportunities. Through the Kansas Micro-Internship Program, students enrolled in two or four-year public colleges or universities in Kansas can be selected to work for these Micro-Internship opportunities.

Through Micro-Internships, students can demonstrate their skills, explore career paths, and develop their professional networks. These paid opportunities typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and students can be selected for multiple Micro-Internships.

Full description and application

Date posted: 4/26/2021


Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Intern-Dairy Farmers of America


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

Post Doc Fellow-Utah State University

Incumbent in the Post-Doctoral position will run an Industry oriented, US-Department of Energy funded research project on "Filament Extension Atomization for High Solids Loading Reduced Energy Spray Drying Systems" independently with over all supervision of Dr. Prateek Sharma, Assistant Professor, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences department. The project is based upon studying rheology, structure and chemistry of liquid, semi-solids and dried dairy protein samples. The successful candidate must be able to design and perform his/her experiments, analyze the data and report them to various stakeholders. The candidate shall be able to perform technical procedures in a research laboratory under minimal supervision by applying standard scientific techniques and analytical principles. Incumbent will assist researchers in the lab by performing routine tests, collecting data, setting up and operating equipment, and maintaining various records.

Full description and application

Date posted: 6/14/2021


Post-Doctoral in Dairy Food Systems-University of Vermont

Six post-doctoral positions are available at the University of Vermont (UVM) through a cluster-hire with a focus on sustainable dairy food systems. The two-year positions (with potential option for renewal) will work with UVM faculty in collaboration with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and will be based at UVM. The post-doctorates and advisors will coordinate efforts across different positions and contribute to new knowledge on dairy within the spectrum of food system research. The expected start date is negotiable, but anticipated for the summer or fall of 2021.

Full descriptions and application

Date posted: 5/28/2021



Under the supervision of Dr. Valentina Trinetta – Kansas State University

PREFERENCE: Candidates with molecular biology or microbiology experimental experiences as there will be wet lab screening work and whole genome sequencing are preferable.

Responsibilities/Job Description:

  • Characterization and analysis of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica isolates.
  • Identification of disinfectant-resistance, antibiotic-resistance and metal-resistance isolates including sequencing and phenotypic characterization.
  • Involving in developing and verification of bioinformatics tool for food industrial users to predict resistance and gene expression in genome.
  • Communicate research results by presenting data at project meetings, international conferences, and write manuscripts for publication.
  • Collaboration includes active participation in national and international meetings and conferences, sharing of data and results, contribution to joint publications.  

PhD degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Food Microbiology or a similar degree is preferred. 

For more information and to apply for this position please visit:


Date posted: 4/9/2021 


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



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