Assistant Professor - Food Microbiology Research and Teaching (70547)

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This is a 9-month, tenure-accruing position with 50% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 50% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) responsibilities available in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The successful applicant is expected to establish an active, externally funded research program and develop an effective teaching program focused on food microbiology. The food microbiologist is expected to conduct research in areas of emphasis that might include, but are not limited to molecular microbiology, anaerobes, microbiome, genomics of foodborne pathogens, microbial pathogenesis, nanotechnology, antimicrobials, and pathogen source-tracking with specific emphasis on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Teaching responsibilities will include, but not limited to teaching Advanced Food Microbiology (FOS 6226) annually, a graduate course in their area of specialty and providing guest lectures for other courses as necessary. Tenure will accrue in FSHN.

The successful candidate will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. The faculty member will actively seek contract and grant funding to support his/her program.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Background Information:

The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, a large, interdisciplinary unit within IFAS, is comprised of three distinct undergraduate programs: Food Science, Nutritional Sciences, and Dietetics. The Food Science program is an approved curriculum with the Institute of Food Technologists. Undergraduate student enrollment is approximately 500, including 70 Food Science students. The graduate program enrolls approximately 75 M.S. and Ph.D. students. Graduate level programs are competitive and provide the opportunity for graduate student mentorship. Please consult the departmental webpage for additional information ( ). The department’s 31 faculty conduct research, teaching and extension programs in a broad range of areas, including food safety and microbiology, phytochemical characterization, aquatic foods, fruit and juice processing, engineering modeling, micro- and macronutrient metabolism, pre- and probiotics, nutritional immunology, obesity and many other areas. The department has a strong interdisciplinary nature and there is great opportunity for unique collaborations, such as those established through the Center for Nutritional Sciences ( ). Within walking distance are superb opportunities to participate in translational research with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and collaborate with faculty from the Colleges of Medicine, Health and Human Performance, Public Health, Pharmacy, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Agricultural and Life Sciences. The University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research provides research support laboratories for proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, and cellomics and a campus-wide initiative centered on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Required: A doctorate degree (foreign equivalent acceptable) from an accredited university with a focus on food microbiology, molecular microbiology, genetics or a closely related discipline. Candidates must demonstrate experience and contributions to the field of food microbiology. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate skills in verbal and written communication and interpersonal relationships. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system and have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Preferred: Postdoctoral and teaching experience is desirable. Experience in techniques that utilize bioinformatics, artificial intelligence or machine learning is preferred. Demonstrate procurement of extramural funding and/or grant writing activity.

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 2 April 2021. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 70547

Dr. Keith R. Schneider, Professor

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

PO Box 110370

Gainesville, FL 32611-0370

Telephone: 352-294.3910

Facsimile: 352.392.9467


Application Information

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:

  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • A statement on research goals/visions
  • Statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A copy of your most substantive peer-reviewed journal article, demonstrating contributions to the field of food science.
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for three individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Diversity statement indicating how your previous experiences have prepared you to contribute to an inclusive institutional culture

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) .

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.

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