Postdoctoral Research Associate – Food Safety and Biosecurity – Stillwater, OK


Conduct research project(s) related to food safety and biosecurity.  Focus areas may include metagenomic studies of microbial ecology related to foodborne pathogens in fresh produce, animals, and the environment, development of rapid molecular detection methods for foodborne pathogens, development of molecular diagnostic procedures and strategies for forensic investigation related to foodborne pathogens, and development of novel control strategies for foodborne pathogens.  Other responsibilities include project management, training and supervising graduate and undergraduate students, contributing to the writing of research proposals, and publishing scientific articles. The incumbent will be working in a brand new laboratory at the National Institute for Microbial Forensics & Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB), Oklahoma State University.  The position is funded for 18 months and funding beyond that will be dependent upon progress and availability of additional funding.  The salary is commensurate with training and experience.  Information about the NIMFFAB can be found at  Qualifications: Earned Ph.D. in Food Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or related fields. Experience in successful grant-writing and research experience beyond the Ph.D. are highly desirable.  Applicants should submit a letter of application describing interest in the position and explaining how previous training and experience relates to this position, a curriculum vitae detailing education background, experience and publications, transcripts of all college course work, and names and contact information (including email) for three individuals who will serve as references.  The position may be available July 1, 2010.  Send all materials to Dr. Li Ma, National Institute for Microbial Forensics & Food and Agricultural Biosecurity, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, 127 Noble Research Center, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078.  Phone: 405-744-5290, 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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