Cornell University, Department of Food Science

Position ID:Cornell-Food-PDAALI [#22023, WDR-00032487]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Food Science / Food Chemistry
Appl Deadline:2022/10/10 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2022/07/20, finished 2023/02/16)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Associate (3-4 openings)

Department of Food Science

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 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. 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. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments, and their communities both in New York State and around the world.

 Department of Food Science in CALS offers one of the premier food science programs in the nation with an enrollment of 130 undergraduate majors. The curriculum applies principles of science and engineering to enhance the nutritional value, safety and quality of foods in the United States and around the globe. Our program integrates the disciplines of chemistry, biology, nutrition, physiology, biotechnology, engineering, communications, and the social sciences to provide a comprehensive and rigorous education that prepares students for employment or graduate study. Our recently renovated building contains state-of- the-art classrooms, teaching laboratories, research laboratories, a sensory evaluation center, a dairy processing plant, a pilot plant, a teaching winery, and a student product development kitchen. Teaching excellence is highly valued and supported by the Department, College, and University. For more information go to:

The Abbaspourrad Lab is one of the largest cross-disciplinary research labs at Cornell University. The PI and members leverage by successfully established multidisciplinary research areas include (i) Bioassays for detection, separation, and manipulation of bacteria, viruses, and microswimmers using microfluidics; (ii) Synthesis of polymers and small molecules; (iii) Encapsulation and functionalization of ingredients and bioactives; (iv) Identification and conversion of waste to value-added products (such as bioplastic), and (v) Designing novel porous materials for sequestration of high-value molecules and contamination removal.

The lab is well-equipped with various in-house instrumentation to perform experimental and theoretical work in cutting-edge areas, housing a full analytical facility with in-house instrumentation and spacious prototyping and experimentation labs. Researchers in the Abbaspourrad Lab are experienced in all aspects of academic and industrial research activities, from experimental design and interdisciplinary collaboration, through scale-up and commercialization techniques. The team has conducted research on behalf of many major companies and federal agencies through sponsored research projects that resulted in the publication of more than 170 peer-reviewed papers and 15 patents; the established platform provides the most excellent training and experience to tackle complex interdisciplinary projects.

Position Function

The Postdoctoral Associate will be responsible for project management, designing and carrying out the experiments, performing the characterization, reporting, presenting data to sponsor(s) for the assigned projects, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. We are seeking to hire 3-4 talented researchers interested in doing research on the interface of food and biology in areas such as

·        Enzyme and protein encapsulation

·        Clean-label and shelf-stable formulation

·        Bioactives co-delivery


Academic training: a Ph.D. in food chemistry, biopolymer chemistry, hydrocolloids, emulsion, or biology; Demonstrated experience with any areas of interest; Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities, troubleshoot technical issues, and develop and execute detailed technical protocols; Strong documentation and written and oral communication skills; And ability to work independently, self-motivated, and as part of a team.


The postdoc associate will meet with the PI and the direct mentor regularly. The postdoc will lead the meeting. It is expected that the postdoc will discuss the acquired data (images, graphs, etc.) and plan  for the next steps. In addition to a one-on-one meeting with PI and a senior lab member, the Postdoc is expected to attend weekly group meetings and present research findings every 3-4 months to all members in the group meeting. Moreover, the post-doc is expected to write monthly reports and manuscripts associated to her/his work.


Please submit application materials via  Required materials include: letter of application, curriculum vitae, 1-2 pages of a research proposal, three reference’s contact information and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion. 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. Abbaspourrad ( Review of applications will begin August 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

 Contact Info:


Abbaspourrad Lab

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

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:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
email address
Department of Food Science
M10 Stocking Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853