Cornell University, Department of Food Science

Position ID:Cornell-Food-PDAABS276 [#22096, WDR-00032436]
Position Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Food Safety
Food Science / Food Processing and Engineering
Appl Deadline:2022/09/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/07/14, finished 2023/05/25, listed until 2023/01/14)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Food Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ithaca, NY

Position Function    

The Department of Food Science at Cornell University is seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate who will be responsible for experiment implementation and data analysis as part of a multi-year project at the intersection of microbial food safety, process engineering, and modeling.

The post-doc should be an experienced scientist or engineer motivated by the opportunity for independent as well as collaborative research experiences that lead to better defined environmental sanitation procedures and equipment hygienic design principles for food manufacturers. The ideal candidate will have strong computational skills and be capable of applying the principles of engineering to the problems of the food industry. The individual will be required to develop methods for the design, fabrication, and operation of bench and floor-scale experimental systems. The individual will be required to lead studies in computational fluid dynamics. Prior experience using multiphysics simulation software (COMSOL, Ansys) is highly desirable. Additional experience in microbiology and aseptic technique is preferred. Related skills could include experience in Clean-In-Place technologies, foulant characterization and control, or modeling thermal inactivation. 

Anticipated Division of Time
The post-doc will be required to perform experiments (wet work), data analysis, and participate in project leadership in the development of novel sanitation technologies for use in food manufacturing. This individual will work to characterize the effects of fluid flow on surface-adhered microbiota; parameterize cleaning activities and hygienic design principles to optimize environmental sanitation regimes; and coordinate among other graduate students, industry advisors, and collaborating labs to facilitate the completion of research objectives. 

The post-doc position is for one-year with the possibility of re-appointment annually for two additional years.

Computational analysis – 60%

Experimental system design – 30%

Writing – 10%


The successful post-doc applicant will be required to hold, at the point of hire, a Ph.D. in food science; chemical, biological, or agricultural engineering; or material science. The start date is negotiable but anticipated to be between January 1 and June 1, 2023.

Supervision Exercised

This research is designed to be performed by one post-doc with the help of one graduate or undergraduate student. The post-doc will be supervised by Dr. Abby Snyder. Research supervision will include individual meetings with the project PI and group meetings with the entire lab. Annual participation in the project directors meeting and/or annual research conference is expected. Monthly progress summaries will be used to clarify project direction and goals.

Application Procedure:

Please submit application materials via Required materials include: letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of academic transcripts, research statement, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion. Applicants should also references for recommendation submitted through Academic Jobs Online. Direct any questions regarding the application process to Patti Wojcik (, 607-255-7900). Please direct any questions or requests for additional information regarding the position to Dr. Abigail Snyder at  Review of applications will begin September 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

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.

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
email address
Department of Food Science
M10 Stocking Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853