Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Position: The University of Minnesota invites applications for a tenure-track research and teaching position in Food Safety Microbiology at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
Description: This food microbiology faculty position will be a nine-month tenure-track appointment involving research and teaching in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. The successful applicant is expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research and teaching program focused on food safety microbiology. The food microbiologist will be responsible for conducting research that addresses relevant food safety issues intended to detect and control pathogens. Areas of emphasis might include microbiomes, genomics of foodborne pathogens, novel methods of detection, viruses, non-thermal control technologies, microbial pathogenesis, nanotechnology approaches, natural antimicrobial strategies, and traceability of pathogenic microorganisms. Teaching responsibilities will include an equivalent of 2 courses per year in general microbiology, food quality and safety, and/or advanced food microbiology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Advising will include undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The appointee will be expected to engage in collaborative research and teaching with colleagues in the Department, College and the University as a whole in areas intended to advance food safety and protection especially as related to the new FSMA HARP-C mandates. Appointment is on a 9-month basis with salary competitive and commensurate with educational background and experience. An attractive group of fringe benefits is provided, including excellent medical and dental insurance, life insurance, retirement benefits, and faculty development leave options.
Salary and Benefits: The salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Appointment is on a 9-month basis with salary competitive and commensurate with educational background and experience. Summer salary (9 weeks) will be included in the start-up package for the first two years of the appointment. An attractive group of fringe benefits is provided, including excellent medical and dental insurance, life insurance, faculty retirement program, optional retirement plan, and faculty development leave options.
Required: Ph.D. in food microbiology (preferred), food science, microbiology, or related areas, with strong, demonstrated research skills in their area of expertise; published research in peer reviewed scholarly journals; background to teach courses in microbiology and/or food safety; and strong communication, writing, and research skills.
Preferred: Post-doctoral, industry or teaching experience in areas relevant to the position; evidence of ability to work independently and in collaboration with interdisciplinary team members; and experience in grant-writing. Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
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