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Assistant/Associate Professor - Meat Microbiology
Auburn University

Date Posted Jul. 17, 2020
Title Assistant/Associate Professor - Meat Microbiology
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Animal Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Jan. 1, 2021
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Animal Science
    Meat Science
    Food & Nutritional Science

The Department of Animal Sciences at Auburn University ( is seeking applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor – Meat Microbiology. The position is a nine-month, tenure track at the rank of assistant or associate professor. The successful candidate will have a 70% research and 30% instruction appointment. The projected start date is January 1, 2021.

Responsibilities: The individual will be expected to develop a strong research and instructional program focused on meat microbiology. The successful candidate will develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program in meat microbiology with an emphasis on sustainable production and safety of meat products. Areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to: meat microbiology, meat processing and packaging, microbiological food safety, and molecular biology. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with existing scientists including, but not limited to, those in the Department of Animal Sciences, Poultry Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, Extension specialist/agents, and industry leaders for the efficient production, safety and eating qualities of animal protein. The successful candidate will be a member of the Auburn University Food Systems Institute in the development of partnership programs. The position includes a significant appointment in undergraduate and graduate instruction in the Department of Animal Sciences Meat Science curriculum and Food Science curriculum.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include: 1) an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Animal or Food Science with an emphasis in meat microbiology at the time employment begins; 2) experience and training in research tools of meat microbiology and ability to independently develop and conduct research in this area; 3) demonstrated ability to teach college-level classes and/or to mentor graduate students; 4) documented evidence of extramural funding efforts. Applicants must be familiar with the FSMA and food safety standards. The candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.

Desired qualifications: Postdoctoral, Assistant Professor experience or equivalent industry experience. Strong written and oral communication skills.

Application: Applicants must apply for this position by visiting the link: and attach the following: 1. Cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to the position’s responsibilities 2.
Current curriculum vita, 3. Copies of all academic transcripts 4. Statement of research
interests and accomplishments 5. Statement of teaching philosophy.

When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, email addresses
and phone numbers for three (3) professional references. Only completed application
materials will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are
encouraged to apply by end of business September 15, 2020. The search may continue
until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Russell Muntifering, Search Committee Chair, Email:

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2019, it
was ranked 52nd among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn
maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence,
offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in
agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2018
enrollment of 30,440 students includes 24,628 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and
professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s
1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is
nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work
environment, student engagement, and beautiful campus. Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. For details, visit the following link:

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the "best small
towns in America," with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach
and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor
between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-
Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public school
systems and regional medical centers.


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Contact Information

  • Dr. Russell Muntifering
    Animal Sciences
    Auburn University
    Auburn, AL


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