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Asst/Assoc. Professor of Food Microbiology

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Food Microbiology/Food Safety
Tenure Track, 9 month appointment
Department of Food Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

The Department of Food Science at Cornell seeks an individual that will develop a strong research and teaching program in food safety and/or food microbiology that is complementary to existing programs in the department. Candidates with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (not just food science) and research and teaching interests in any area of food safety and food microbiology (e.g., molecular food safety and food microbiology, food virology or mycology, pathogenesis of foodborne diseases, physiology and genomics of food associated microorganism, mathematical modeling and risk assessment related to food safety or microbiology) are encouraged to apply. Cornell has an existing strong research, teaching, and outreach program in food microbiology and food safety, which stretches across different departments and colleges, including strong collaborations with a variety of industry partners and government organizations. Existing strength and expertise in food safety and food microbiology will help the new faculty recruited for this position develop a strong and nationally and internationally recognized research program in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Position Description and Responsibilities:
This tenure-track position requires a balanced effort between research (50%) and teaching (50%) on a 9-month academic year basis. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and direct an innovative, externally funded research program in any areas relevant to food microbiology and food safety that will attract graduate students, post docs and strategic collaborators. Specific potential areas of focus for this position could include (but are not limited to) novel technologies to control microbial hazards; studies of the molecular biology or molecular ecology of microbial pathogens and other food associated microorganisms; pathogenesis of foodborne diseases, predictive microbiology and modeling of foodborne disease and spoilage organism transmission; scientific basis for risk management strategies.

Preference is for this position to be filled at the Assistant Professor level, but more senior applicants will be considered.

The successful candidate has the chance to participate in university-wide initiatives and centers such as New York State Food Safety Center of Excellence or the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Collaboration within and outside the department is encouraged and expected.

Teaching responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in food microbiology and/or safety. The typical teaching expectation of a 50% teaching appointment would be two courses per year, but incumbents typically have a reduced teaching load in their first year. Participation in other related courses (e.g., as a guest lecturer) may also be expected. The incumbent will also be expected to advise undergraduate students and mentor M.P.S. (Master of Professional Studies), M.S., and Ph.D. students. The candidate will also be expected to participate in faculty meetings, departmental and university committees, and related service activities appropriate to faculty members.


A Ph.D. in Food Microbiology, Microbiology, Biological or Chemical Engineering, Molecular Biology, or related field. Applicants are not required to have a prior background in food science, but relevant teaching, postdoctoral and/or industry experience are desirable.

Applications and Starting Date:

Anticipated starting date is July 2018, January 2019, or as negotiated. Applications including a CV, a statement of research and teaching interests (max of 4 pages combined), copies of up to 4 relevant publications, names of three referees and transcripts should be submitted via Academic Jobs Online Applications will be reviewed starting December 1, 2017 and will be accepted until this position is filled.

Potential applicants may contact Martin Wiedmann (, who serves as chair of the search committee for this position. Cornell has a dual career program that might be attractive to some applicants with academic partners (see for details. Highly qualified individuals may be able to negotiate for a position with different focus areas (for example, research and extension responsibilities, rather than 50% research and 50% teaching).

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Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses in Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.


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Cornell University 
Location: IthacaNY 14850
Document ID: AB475-5HGV  
Ad Number: 25613789
Job Type:  Regular

Job Schedule: Full-time

Published in:  DiverseJobs
Published on: 2018-01-2901/29/2018
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