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Extension Associate - Raleigh, NC

NC State University

The Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at NC State University seeks an Extension Associate to collaborate with faculty and build-upon existing food safety programs within the FBNS department. The incumbent will be involved in managing and performing laboratory procedures to support a fee-for-service lab, as well as assist with the development and delivery of food safety extension and outreach activities.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage a BSL-2 laboratory and perform microbiological testing as a fee-for-service to the NC food industry to confirm that industry, state and federal requirements are met, including verification and validation of food safety management systems and controls.
  • Perform compliance and administrative duties as it relates to managing the laboratory, maintaining fiscal responsibility, and stakeholder interactions.
  • Work collaboratively with county extension personnel, extension associates, and NC State faculty to develop and deliver food safety training and outreach material for NC food manufacturers and fresh produce growers.
  • Assist with providing technical support to meet the food safety needs and opportunities of NCā??s food manufacturing and fresh produce industry.
  • Respond to food manufacturer inquiries or questions related to food processing and safety.
  • Develop and utilize various media platforms to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant industry updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in food science, or related field.
  • Must have the ability to understand applicable specifications and perform microbiological testing, including quantitative and qualitative methods for detection of indicator and pathogenic organisms.
  • Thorough understanding of cGMPs, as well as additional FDA food safety requirements, including FSMA and the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule.
  • Strong critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Be a self-motivated individual and independent worker with excellent leadership skills.

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