Position is located within the Department of Food Science at Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York.
With more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 400 faculty and 1,200 staff, and upwards of 45,000 living alumni, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is the second-largest undergraduate college at Cornell University and the third largest college of its kind in the United States. Faculty, staff, and students at CALS are at the cutting edge of research in the life sciences, environmental sustainability, agricultural science, economic development, communication and information science. The land-grant mission of the College, which encompasses research, education, and extension programs, allows for the creation and dissemination of knowledge that makes a difference for students, the citizens of New York, the nation, and people around the globe. For more than 125 years, Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva has developed progressive technologies essential to feeding the world and strengthening New York economies. From developing safe and nutritious foods to pioneering means to preserve the environment, NYSAES has been addressing the concerns and serving millions of New York consumers, agricultural producers, food businesses and farm families throughout the state. Moving into the 21st century, New York must capitalize on new food and agricultural opportunities and NYSAES is uniquely positioned to translate state-of-the art research into industry innovation and economic growth. In response to the rapidly growing sector of non-thermally treated foods, Cornell University has recently created the Cornell High Pressure Processing Validation Center as part of the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University to provide research and outreach support for the food industry. As part of this center, a highly motivated food microbiologist is required to develop and perform industry-based technical services and research projects focused on the safety, stability & quality of high pressure processed (HPP) foods utilizing a commercial processing unit (Hiperbaric 55). In addition, the position will involve a significant extension and outreach component, to interface with the food industry to address technical inquiries, to assist with the design of the of HPP trials, and to write and interpret results of validation studies.
The incumbent will be expected to work closely with the Director of the High Pressure Processing Validation Center (HPPVC) and HPPVC personnel to develop and carry out an extension and research program on the safety and application of innovative technologies to ensure production of safe foods to meet state and federal regulatory requirements. Responsibilities will include designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative projects in a biosafety level 2 laboratory (working with foodborne pathogens), including data analysis; and providing technical assistance to HPPVC stakeholders and clients. The candidate will also provide input to the development of proposals to secure additional external funding in collaboration with the HPPVC personnel. This position will include occasional guidance to others.
This is a one year term appointment with possibility of extension contingent upon secured funding and sustained successful performance.
Required Qualifications: Specify required minimum equivalency for education, experience, skills, information systems knowledge, etc.
Bachelor's degree required, with a minimum of 4-5 years related experience in the field of food science, microbiology, molecular biology, or related fields. Must be proficient in conducting microbiological analyses following standard safety practices. Able to work efficiently in a team environment. Demonstrate ability to communicate with a broad range of people and assist them in meeting the challenges and opportunities available in HPP food production. Must have experience in public speaking, engagement, and writing for general audiences. Demonstrate ability to interface with a diverse group of stakeholders including industry representatives. Excellent organizational skills are a must. Demonstrable abilities to organize and oversee complex projects, complete tasks in a timely and effective manner. Demonstrable multi-tasking capacity, human relations skills, and proactive initiative highly preferred. Excellent oral communication and technical/scientific writing skills are expected. Excellent analytical skills and statistical competency are desired. Proficient in MS Office and Statistical software.
Preferred Qualifications: Specify preferred specialized education, field and/or certifications.
Master's degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or related field with at least 3 years of experience in food microbiology and/or bacterial pathogens. Prior experience and track record as an independent researcher. A record of publishing original research in peer-reviewed technical and scientific journals. Experience supervising graduate students and/or technicians. Prior experience with external/public engagement or outreach.
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