Cornell University, Department of Food Science

Position ID:Cornell-Food-APMFS [#12028, WDR-00016548]
Position Title: Assistant Professor Microbial Food Safety
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Food Science
Appl Deadline:2019/01/18help popup finished (2018/09/19, finished 2019/08/30, listed until 2019/01/19)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Assistant Professor Microbial Food Safety
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 microbial food safety 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 microbial food safety (e.g., molecular food safety, food virology or mycology, pathogenesis of foodborne diseases, physiology and genomics of foodborne pathogens, mathematical modeling and risk assessment related to food safety) are encouraged to apply. Cornell has existing strong research, teaching, and outreach programs in food safety, which stretch 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 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 microbial 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; pathogenesis of foodborne diseases; predictive microbiology and modeling of foodborne disease transmission; scientific basis for risk management strategies.  

The successful candidate has the chance to participate in university-wide initiatives and centers such as the 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 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, Food Science, 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.
Salary and Benefits:  
Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is available. Support for start-up research costs will be available. 

Applications and Starting Date: 
Anticipated starting date is July 2019 or as negotiated. Applications including a CV, a statement of research and teaching interests (max of 4 pages combined), a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion, copies of up to 4 relevant publications, names of three referees and transcripts should be submitted online at: Applications will be reviewed starting November 1, 2018 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.  

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. 

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area. 

The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the main campus in Ithaca, New York. 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. 

Cornell's global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.  

The Cornell community embraces diversity and inclusion. We value AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities, and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities and genders.

Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. 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.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Department of Food Science
M10 Stocking Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

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