Cornell University, Department of Food Science

Position ID:Cornell-Food-RA [#19013, WDR-00027120]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Food Science / Food Processing and Engineering
Appl Deadline:2021/08/06 11:59PMhelp popup filled (posted 2021/07/23, listed until 2021/08/09)
Position Description:    

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Research Associate in Advanced Food Processing 
Department of Food Science, 
Cornell University 
Ithaca NY 14853 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. 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.  CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world. 

The Department of Food Science is currently searching for an individual to work in collaboration with a PI and provide a high level of leadership for a research group conducting food processing and engineering research, as well as teaching in the area of dairy foods processing. The incumbent will have extensive contact with graduate students, informally guiding their research, and will supervise technicians. The incumbent is expected in collaboration with the PI, to develop and carry out research on: i) microwave vacuum drying of dairy products; ii) membrane filtration (reverse osmosis, forward osmosis, ultrafiltration, microfiltration) of liquid foods and beverages, iii) innovative nonthermal processing strategies for food products. 

Responsibilities will include planning, conducting and reporting on qualitative and quantitative research; dissemination and application of research findings, reporting of results and preparation of manuscripts and developing research proposals for external funding. A high level of independence in designing, conducting, and completing research projects and teaching activities in a timely fashion is expected. Additionally, the incumbent will be expected to teach the laboratory section of a dairy processing course for Senior and graduate students. Specific responsibilities will include (i) develop and oversee research projects, in collaboration with the PI (40%); (ii) teach the laboratory section of FDSC 4250 (25% of effort); (ii) supervise graduate students and technicians (10 %); (iii) prepare manuscripts and help with manuscript preparation (10%); (iv) prepare and submit research proposals for funding by USDA, National Dairy Council (NDC), New York State Ag&Markets and other agencies and foundations to support the incumbent’s research and activities (10%); and (v) represent the research group by attending and presenting at scientific conferences, seminars, workshops, and meetings (5%). The allocation of job efforts to the above categories will be re-evaluated every 6 months to allow for adjustments due to new projects, programmatic needs, and changes in staffing. 

This is a one year appointment, renewable annually depending on available work, successful performance and continued funding.  The position is full-time.

• Ph.D. in food science, food engineering, chemical engineering 
• Min. 2-3 years of experience in food processing research, specifically in the areas of microwave vacuum drying, concentration, and membrane filtration 
• Prior experience with a range of physico-chemical methods for food analysis, particularly for concentrated and dried products, is highly desirable. • Excellent quantitative and statistics skills. 
• Prior experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching theoretical and practical aspects dairy processing 
• Excellent organizational skills are a must 
• Experience supervising and leading a diverse team including technicians, graduate and undergraduate students • Excellent oral and written communication skills • Record of publishing original research in peer-reviewed technical and scientific journals 
• A valid and unrestricted NYS driver’s license and must be cleared to drive for university business. 
• Regular travel to Geneva, NY. 

Candidates should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, three reference letters, a research statement, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via All application materials must be submitted by close of business on August 6, 2021.

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

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