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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 

Quality Assurance Supervisor-Quality Food Processors

There are QA supervisor positions open at the bacon plant in Denison, IA. Please contact dana.stephens@qfoodp.com for more information.

Date posted: 4/5/2021


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


Research & Development Food Scientist-BlendTech, Inc

Company: BlendTech, Inc.
Company Description: a spice and seasoning blend company
Location: Wichita, KS
Position: Research and Development Food Scientist

Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
• Analysis, testing, and development of new products
• New product presentation to customers
• Preparing products in small and large batches using the product development lab and kitchen
• Working directly with suppliers to source ingredients and get required documentation
• Working directly with customers on projects via email or in person to establish project details, product requirements and testing procedures
• Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or related field
• Ability to work on projects independently as well as in a team setting
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Positive attitude and desire to learn
*Hands-on training on food processing and safety, equipment use and other methods will be provided as needed
If you have questions or are interested in this position, please contact Megan Bever at mbever@blendtechinc.com or 316-974-2112

Date posted: 4/5/2021


Adj Assist/Assoc/Full Professor of Food Science-Cornell University

Position: Faculty (non-tenure track) and Program Coordinator of CAU, for the Cornell-China Agricultural University (CAU) dual degree program in Food Science (“Program”)

Location: China Agricultural University (CAU), in Beijing, China. Some travel is anticipated from CAU in Beijing, China to visit the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY.

Full description and application

Date posted: 3/29/2021


Research & Development Baker-Glanbia Nutritional’s Inc

This position is a research scientist working at the bench and pilot plant to support the development strategy of the bakery business. People in this position will perform new product development in the form of ingredient development, applications research, process enhancement and provide technical support for internal groups and external customers.

Full job description and application

Date posted: 3/29/2021


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


Formulation Specialist-Tuffy’s Pet Foods & Tuffy’s Treat Company

Tuffy’s Pet Foods and Tuffy’s Treat Company seeks a formulation specialist to assist with the development of new pet food and treat products, maintain existing products, support supply chain and cost containment projects. The successful candidate will effectively operate modern software tools, and integrate with knowledge regarding raw material, production, regulatory, market, and consumer needs.

Prospective candidates can reach out for further information to:
Chase Rasmussen
Vice President of Sales| KLN Family Brands
109 Lakeside Drive | PO Box 230 | Perham, MN 56573
O: (218) 346-8064
E: crasmussen@klnfamilybrands.com

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


Meat and Poultry Inspector - State of Kansas


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


Quality Assurance Supervisor - Quality Food Processors

There are QA supervisor positions open at the bacon plant in Denison, IA. Please contact dana.stephens@qfoodp.com for more information.

Date posted: 3/29/2021


Assistant/Associate Professor and Extension Specialist

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


Consumer Safety Officer-USDA


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


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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Brewing Intern-Boulevard Brewing Company

Job Title: Brewing Intern
Department: Brewing/Operations
Reports To: Brewing Manager
Contact Info: Craig Pijanowski
Status: Full-Time (40hrs/week for 10 weeks) – Temporary

Job Description
First and foremost our brewers must have a passion for the craft of beer making and creating exceptional beers for our customers. This position includes the operation and basic maintenance of raw materials handling, Brewhouse operations, Cellar management, and Filtration procedures.

Additional responsibilities include the analysis of various production and quality parameters. Always looking for continuous improvement, candidates must be committed to quality, understand brewery sanitation and help create a safe work environment.

Primary Responsibilities

Primarily you will be working in our cellars as a brewer’s assistant. Mostly running CIP programs, performing cellar checks, assisting with brewer’s daily workload.

There will be approximately 1 day per week dedicated to manual cleaning.

There will be approximately 1 day per week dedicated to self-directed training in the area of your choice.

Additional Responsibilities
Ability to make critical decisions based on various production and quality parameters. Share in all production duties and responsibilities.

Commitment to being a part of a team dynamic.

Strong organizational, communication, and record keeping skills.

Good people skills and professional demeanor.

Ability to quickly assess the status of operations and troubleshoot process issues.

The ability to multitask. Strong time management skills and an attention to detail is required. Self-motivated; ability to work unsupervised.

• Physical strength, flexibility and stamina required. Must be able to lift 55 lbs. repeatedly
• Week 1 and 2 will be on day shift, 7am to 3pm. This will be an intensive training period
• Weeks 3 to 10 will be on afternoon shift, noon to 8pm.
• Schedule is subject to change based on production needs. Possibly some weekend work.

Date posted: 4/12/2021


Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Intern-Dairy Farmers of America


Seaboard Farms

Come visit Seaboard Foods at the career fair plus event! At Seaboard Foods, we create the most sought-after pork. A top U.S. pork producer/processor and leading exporter to 30+ countries, we are committed to the pursuit of pork perfection, seeking a better way to produce wholesome pork and connect every step between our farms and family tables. Together, more than 5,000 employees in five states work in our farms, feed mills, and processing plant, to produce Prairie Fresh® pork, ensuring the well-being of our animals, the environment, our employees and the communities we call home.

Paid Internship – 10 weeks; we have internships available in our state of the art processing facility (Shipping & receiving, food safety & quality assurance, transportation and logistics, and in our feed mills. Food science, meat science, animal science, milling science, grain science or related degrees preferred.

Date posted: 3/29/2021


Associate Scientist Internship-Kent Pet Group

Kent Pet Group is looking for a passionate professional excited about the challenge of product development and research for this fast growing organization. For the right individual, this opportunity could start during the Spring semester!

Full description and application

Date posted: 1/28/2021


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


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


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


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


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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