Assistant Professor - Food Safety Microbiologist - Fresh Produce - Stillwater, OK

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Oklahoma State University


Stillwater, OK


*       Faculty - Agriculture - Food Science

*       Faculty - Science - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology



Application Due:

Open Until Filled


Full Time

The National Institute for Microbial Forensics and Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB) at Oklahoma State University conducts research, addresses policy issues, provides education and training and participates in outreach activities to address national needs related to safeguarding the nation's plant and food resources. This 11-month, tenure-track position (80% research; 20% teaching) will include an appointment to the NIMFFAB faculty and be affiliated administratively with a departmental home, to be decided, within the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (Plant Pathology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Horticulture, or other) The incumbent will have outstanding opportunities for collaboration with faculty in OSU's Robert Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC). More information about this position, the NIMFFAB, DASNR, FAPC, and Oklahoma State University, can be found at,, and

Research: Develop a strong, independent, externally funded, nationally recognized research program food contaminating microbes and/or the colonization of fresh produce by human pathogens. Work should relate to mechanisms of microbial contamination, environmental influences, patterns of pathogen dissemination and movement, pathogen detection and strain discrimination, diagnostics, and/or epidemiological modeling, using systems related to crops and plant resources. Apply state of the art food safety technologies to new national needs in food security and forensic applications. Teaching: Teach a graduate course in area of expertise related to food safety and security, to be offered on an annual basis and/or via distance education methods for use by traditional and non-traditional students. Contribute to undergraduate and graduate courses on agricultural biosecurity. Train and mentor graduate students.

Requirements/Qualifications: Earned doctorate in food safety, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, plant pathology or closely related field. Preference given to candidates having significant postdoctoral experience, a strong record of publications and grants, teaching experience, and outstanding oral and written communication skills. Because of security issues, preference also given to US citizens; security checks and clearances may be required for some work with government and/or private industry contracts. Ability to work in a multicultural setting and create an environment that fosters diversity and collegiality. Send a letter describing interest and qualifications for the position; a detailed curriculum vitae; reprints of up to 5 relevant publications; a 1-2 page statement of research interests and their relationship to the NIMFABB mission; a 1-2 page statement of teaching interests to include a sample class schedule for a graduate course in food safety and microbial forensics; official transcripts for all university degrees, noting the date of the Ph.D.; and names and contact information of four references.

Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2009 and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

Send applications to Ms. Barbara Brown, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, 127 Noble Research Center, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. email:

For specific questions regarding the position, contact Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher, Chair, Search and Screening Committee, Director, NIMFABB, phone: 405-744-9948, fax: 405-744-6039; email:

Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-Verify employer committed to diversity. OSU-Stillwater is a tobacco-free campus.

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Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
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