Postdoctoral Associate (L,P,S)



Position Function:

Under direct supervision of the Director, Dr. Sam Chang, apply a broad knowledge of scientific principles, practices, and procedures to plan, coordinate, conduct research and publish findings in food safety and post-harvest technology. This is a 2-year position with possibility to extend depending upon funding availability and mutual agreements.

Salary Grade : UC

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Department Profile:

Coastal Research and Extension Center serves as Mississippi State University's "southern exposure". This position is located in Pascagoula, MS at our Experimental Seafood Processing Lab. Interviews will be conducted in Pascagoula, MS.

Brief introduction of our research program and facility

Research projects:
Our research has a focus on aquatic foods. We also have an interest in working with other foods produced in the state of Mississippi or the Gulf region. Examples of our active projects include:

1. Catfish protein utilization, shelf-life extension and aquatic food product innovation research. Supported by a USDA-NIFA Competitive Grant Program, and by a special USDA-ARS Cooperative agreement.

2. Safety and quality improvement of marine fish, oysters and shrimp. Supported by USDA-ARS Cooperative Agreement.

3. Soymilk and tofu improvement. Supported by a USDA-NIFA Competitive Grant Program.

4. Improving the safety and quality of fruits and vegetables produced in the Southern region.

Facility and Equipment:
Our Seafood Research Laboratory has about 6,000 square ft of research space, including a wide array of food processing, chemistry, analytical and microbiological equipment. Examples of processing equipment include a new 350 kV x-ray equipped with an environmental chamber, high hydrostatic pressure processor, ultrahigh pressure homogenizer, spray dryer, IQF, high-pressure steamer, PEF, cold plasma, ultrahigh-pressure homogenizer, a large freeze-dryer, and several fish processing machines located in a processing plant.

We have a wide array of analytical equipment and facilities. Examples include DSC, CD, GC-MS-Olfactory, LC-MS/MS, ICP-MS, HPLC, FT-IR, NIR, Graphite-furnace Atomic Absorption, Anton-Paar Rheometer, other viscosity and texture analyzers, a BSL-2 pathogen analysis laboratory equipped with PCR, cell cytometer, various electrophoresis instruments, Molecular Device multi-mode plate reader, and many other instruments for productive research. We also have a cold room shelf-life study facility.

We have strong collaborations with the fishing industry, food processing industry and regional research institutions, such as USDA-ARS research centers and neighboring universities in the Northern Gulf region.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Assist the Director in the research to advance food science, food safety and post-harvest technology.
2. Design, perform and document experiments in the research notebooks, accurately record original data, organize and analyze data using statistical methods, interpret data and prepare manuscripts for publications.
3. Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned by the Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. degree in food engineering or food science or related disciplines with research experience. Strong enthusiasm in research.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in food engineering, processing, product development (particularly aquatic foods), protein chemistry, chromatography, mass spectroscopy, and refereed journal publications; knowledge of biotechnology or fermentation and pathogens.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of scientific principles and methodologies in food science and technology.
2. Ability to help purchase, install, implement the operational protocols, and maintain food
analytical and processing equipment.
3. Ability to design, organize, and coordinate scientific research projects, analyze data and
to prepare manuscripts and research grant proposals.
4. Ability to work effectively as a team member of a group of scientists and students with a
diverse cultural background.
5. Effective written and verbal communication skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

•Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment, research laboratory and processing plant.
•Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds.
•Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions according university policies.

Instructions for Applying:

Must complete online application at https://www.msujobs.msstate.edu/ ;submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a current unofficial transcript. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. An official copy of transcripts will be required if selected for an interview.

Address of Job: MSU Experimental Seafood Process Laboratory, 3411 Frederic Street, Pascagoula, MS 39567.

Please email questions to Dr. Sam Chang at sc1690@msstate.edu

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon funding availability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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