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
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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
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
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
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.
Ph.D. degree in food engineering or food science or related
disciplines with research experience. Strong enthusiasm in
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
•Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical
risks, which require following basic safety precautions according
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 email@example.com
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.