Position Title

Food Safety Microbiologist/Toxicologist - Molds & Mycotoxins - University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE

- Food Science & Technology-0836  



(To insure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date)


This is a 9-month, tenure-leading teaching, research and extension appointment in the Food Science and Technology Department at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The incumbent will be expected to make significant contributions to the undergraduate and graduate programs, to develop a world renowned, integrated self-supported research and extension program in food safety, including molds, mycotoxins and fungi. The incumbent will be expected to actively seek extramural funding to support teaching, research and extension activities.

Teaching (20%): The incumbent will develop and teach courses at all levels of the curricula in the Department, including Molds and Mycotoxins in Foods, Feeds and the Environment, and others in the Food Science and Technology and Food Technology for the Companion Animals programs. The incumbent will be expected to conduct scholarly teaching activities such as curriculum improvement, development of teaching laboratories, and preparation of teaching materials. The incumbent also will be expected to assist with core Department teaching needs. Participation as instructor in The Food Processing Center workshops is expected.

Other Teaching Responsibilities: Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; advise undergraduate and graduate student organizations, present guest lectures, participate in college and university-wide courses; participate in student recruitment, retention and placement activities; and participate in teaching outcomes assessment, instructional improvement and teaching scholarship (e.g. peer-reviewed publications, textbooks, software, extended education lesson plans and modules). Expectations for this position also include communication of scholarly outputs at conferences and meetings, efforts to obtain extramural grants to support teaching programs, and development of innovative teaching methods.

Research (70%): The incumbent will be expected to develop and conduct research on food safety microbiology/toxicology including molds and mycotoxins in food systems. Specifically, expectations include development of methods for detection of foodborne pathogens, molds and mycotoxins, survival of these in foods during processing, and methods to minimize their risk in food products. Foci on pathogenesis, evolution, and genome biology of foodborne pathogenic microorganisms, including molds, and/or the toxicological effects of mycotoxins in animal models or cell/tissue culture systems are desired. Results are to be presented in refereed journals and other scholarly publications and presentations are to be made at scientific meetings. Work as a team player in developing integrated research activities, attracting funds and promoting the Department to consolidate a world renowned food safety program is expected. Involvement with industry-sponsored research through The Food Processing Center is anticipated. Supervision of graduate students and service on supervisory committees and departmental and university committees is expected.

Extension (10%): The incumbent is expected to develop a rigorous extension and outreach program through conducting workshops, seminars and participating and speaking in similar settings nationally and internationally. Assistance to human and pet food and feed processors in addressing food safety and regulatory issues is required. Specific program components include: consultation and assistance to the food industry; workshops and extension short courses; presentations/publications such as extension bulletins and other extension publications using a variety of media modalities; and web-based educational offerings for use in extension education programs for food industry personnel. The incumbent is expected to collaborate with other extension specialists in planning and conducting extension education programs.  

A Ph.D. in food science, microbiology, toxicology or a closely related field is required. A strong commitment to teaching, research and extension; excellent communication skills; ability and desire to work cooperatively on multi-disciplinary teaching and research projects; and knowledge of molecular microbiology or toxicology, molds, mycotoxins and fungi are required.  


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To be considered for this position, go to the website, access requisition #100054, complete the Faculty/Academic Administrative Information Form and attach a letter of application that includes a statement of your research interests, and your curriculum vitae. Review of applications will begin April 5, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.

Additionally, three letters of reference should be sent directly to Dr. Milford Hanna, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 211 Chase Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0726. These letters must arrive no later than April 5, 2010.  

Dr. Milford Hanna

Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading  

12 Month (Faculty Only)  








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