Research Scientist – Food Microbiology

Vacancy:  935

Job Summary:  The Research Scientist- Food Microbiology will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a food microbiology/safety research program in milk and meat products.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform food microbiology/safety research in milk and meat products
  • Write external research grant proposals to support research programs
  • Develop novel, cost-effective techniques to identify and destroy pathogens in food
  • Engage in professional development activities
  • Serve on departmental, college, and institution-level committees
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • PhD in Food Microbiology, Microbiology, or a Food Safety related field with emphasis on food microbiology and/or food biotechnology; ABD will be considered
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge of statistical computing software
  • Familiarity with food safety regulations
  • Familiarity with all food pathogens and their elimination
  • Familiarity with food sanitation, food processing and preservation techniques
  • Familiarity with production of dairy and meat products for human consumption and recent microbiological and biotechnological research techniques are required
  • Demonstrated excellence in research publications and other scholarly activities are desired


  • Post-doctoral research experience

Working Conditions:

  • Traditional work schedule – Monday through Friday; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • May be required to work beyond regular work hours (evenings and/or weekends) as defined by the needs of the department
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Majority of work is in a climate-controlled environment; some work may be outdoors
  • Travel to attend meetings, conferences, trainings, etc.

Physical Requirements:

  • Regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear; lift and/or move up to 20 pounds
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
  • Specific vision abilities required include close, distant and color visions, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate



Interested persons MUST submit a complete application packet which includes:

  • FVSU Application (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Cover Letter (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) – Diploma copies are not accepted in lieu of transcripts
  • List of three (3) Professional References including their contact information

Complete application packets should be emailed to, with the Job Title and Job Number in the subject line. Application packets that do not contain ALL required information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.  

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled