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Assistant Professor in Molecular Food Safety Microbiology U of MN



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(9403) Assistant Professor

Position Title

Assistant Professor in Molecular Food Safety Microbiology

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Position Category

Faculty and Instructional

Appointment Term

B = 9 month

Appointment Type

Probationary; tenure track fac (N)

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Department Name

Food Science and Nutrition (412A)

College or Admin Unit

Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, College of

Campus Location

Twin Cities

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Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

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Required/Preferred Qualifications

Required: Ph.D. in food science, microbiology, or related area, with strong, demonstrated research skills in their area of expertise; published research in peer reviewed scholarly journals; background to teach courses in microbiology and/or food safety; and strong communication, writing, and research skills.

Preferred: Post-doctoral, industry or teaching experience in areas relevant to the position; evidence of ability to work independently and in collaboration with interdisciplinary team members; and experience in grant-writing.


This food microbiologist faculty position will be a nine-month tenure-track appointment involving research and teaching in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. The successful applicant is expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research and teaching program focused on food safety microbiology. The food microbiologist will be responsible for conducting research that addresses relevant food safety issues using molecular biology, genomics, metabolomics or system approaches. Areas of emphasis might include genomics and transcriptomics of foodborne pathogens, metagenomics of foods and food environment, viruses, novel control technologies, microbial pathogenesis, nanotechnology approaches, natural antimicrobial strategies, and detection/ traceability of pathogenic microorganisms. Teaching responsibilities will include an equivalent of two (2) courses per year in general microbiology, food quality and safety, and/or advanced food microbiology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Advising will include undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students from diverse cultural backgrounds. The appointee will be expected to engage in collaborative research and teaching with colleagues in the Department, College and the University as a whole in areas intended to advance food safety and protection. Appointment is on a 9-month basis with salary competitive and commensurate with educational background and experience. An attractive group of fringe benefits is provided, including excellent medical and dental insurance, life insurance, retirement benefits, and faculty development leave options.

Program/Unit Description

The mission of the Department is to conduct research, provide knowledge, and develop skills to improve food quality and its contributions to health benefits. 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 food production. The Department plays a unique and important role training professionals and providing service in the fields of nutrition and food science to industry and culturally diverse populations. Faculty members in the Department are nationally and internationally recognized scholars in a wide range of food science and nutrition focused areas including food safety and microbiology, food chemistry, food flavor and sensory studies, food processing, nutrition and health/disease prevention, community-based nutrition, nutrition education and socio-cultural aspects of nutrition. The Department employs 25 tenure/tenure track faculty members and about 50 professional staff members. Current enrollments include over 500 undergraduate majors and 130 masters and doctoral students. The Department has a history of collaboration with other academic units with emphasis in food safety such as the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Public Health, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense and the Healthy Foods Healthy Lives Institute. For more information about faculty members, programs, and curriculum, see:

Application Instructions

The University of Minnesota invites applications for a tenure-track research and teaching position in Food Safety Microbiology at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition which is affiliated with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences.

Review of applications will start on December 15, 2012, but the position will remain open until filled. Only applications that include a cover letter including a general statement of interest in the position as well as specific statement of research goals, a statement of teaching interests; graduate transcripts; detailed curriculum vitae with publication list; and contact information for three professional references will be considered complete and reviewed by the committee. Applicants should attach all parts in the University of Minnesota Human Resource online employment website. For specific questions, please contact Dr. Francisco Diez, Search Committee Chair, at or 612-624-9756.

Start Date
The position will be available on March 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Please apply online via the Employment System at

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

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