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Research Associate, Food Safety Microbiology

Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN


Job Code and Title

(9702) Research Associate  

Position Title

Research Associate, Food Safety Microbiology  

Job Code


Requisition Number


Position Category

Staff - Professional Non-Faculty  

Appointment Term

A = 12 month  

Appointment Type

Annual renewable contract (K )  

Work Hours

Business hours  

Work Days

Monday - Friday  

Total Hours or % Appointment




Starting Hourly Rate


Department Name

Food Science and Nutrition (412A)  

College or Admin Unit

Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, College of  

Campus Location

Twin Cities  

Job Open Date


Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

Internal Promotional Consideration


Required/Preferred Qualifications

Required Qualifications: Ph. D. in Biotechnology

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in microbiology research. The successful applicant should have previous experience in molecular biology of foodborne pathogens.


- Participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of experiments to study the ecology of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle populations and associated with vegetables.
- Control and evaluate expenditure of research funds with PI.
- Conduct review of literature in the field in which the research is being done.
- Coordinate the work of students on the project and oversee final results.
- Develop and supervise the development of methods, techniques, instrumentation, and devices needed to carry out the research project.
- Analyze and evaluate research results.
- Review progress reports written by subordinates.
- Write comprehensive progress reports and final reports on completion of the project.
- Author and coauthor manuscripts for publication and/or presentation at professional meetings.
- Draft proposals to funding agencies to procure funds for new projects.

Program/Unit Description

This Research Associate (job code # 9702) position is a 100% time, 12-month (A) annual renewable appointment. Renewal is dependent on funding and satisfactory performance. The appointment provides access to University health and vacation benefits.

This position is in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. The mission of the Department is to conduct research, provide knowledge, and develop skills to improve food and health. The integration of nutrition and food science has provided an exceptional opportunity for the Department to capitalize on the intersection of the areas of health systems and safe food production. The Department plays a unique and important role in meeting human needs by training professionals and providing service in the fields of nutrition and food science. Many faculty members in the Department are nationally recognized scholars in a wide range of nutrition and food science focused areas, including, nutrition and health/disease prevention, nutrition and society/community, nutrition education/culture, food safety and microbiology, food processing, food flavor and sensory studies. The Department employs 25 tenure/tenure-track faculty members and 30 professional staff members. Current enrollments include over 440 undergraduate majors and over 110 masters and doctoral students. For more information about faculty members, programs, and curriculum, see:

Application Instructions

Please apply online via the Employment System at Please apply for Requisition # 170751 on the University of Minnesota Human Resource Employment website. Attach the following: 1) letter indicating interest in the position; 2) a resume; and 3) the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least 3 references.

For further information contact: Dr. Francisco Diez, Associate Professor, at, or by mail at:

Department of Food Science and Nutrition
225 Food Science and Nutrition
1334 Eckles Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences is committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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