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Food Microbiologist
University of Georgia

Date Posted Nov. 5, 2020
Title Food Microbiologist
University University of Georgia
Athens, GA, United States
Department Food Science and Technology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2021
  • Professor
  • Food & Nutritional Science

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences – University of Georgia

Position Announcement: Assistant/Associate/ Full Professor Department of Food Science and Technology

Position: Food Microbiologist
Appointment: 70% Research, 30% Teaching (9-month, Tenure Track)
Position Available: August 2021- Review of applications begins January 15, 2021

The Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to develop a research and teaching program in the area of food microbiology and food safety. A completed PhD in Food Science, Microbiology, or equivalent program is required with demonstrated expertise in food microbiology and food safety. At least 1 year of postdoctoral or prior academic experience is desired. Candidate must either demonstrate a track record (Associate/Full Professor) or show a potential (Assistant Professor) to obtain external funding to support their research program. The candidates must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication competencies, interpersonal skills, and willingness to work in multidisciplinary teams.

The successful applicant will provide leadership and scholarship in food safety or food processing outreach and research. Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to): (1) obtain extramural funds to support research and teaching programs, (2) establish a strong record of scholarly activity, and (3) direct PhD and MS degree students and postdoctoral associates. The individual selected will be expected to develop a robust research and teaching program, actively participate in service activities in the Department of Food Science and Technology including participation in global programs and will have the opportunity to work on collaborative projects with a wide variety of groups including the Center for Food Safety and other departments. Areas of particular interest for future research may include transmission and ecology of food-borne pathogens and spoilage organisms, and techniques for their control. The individual in this position will be expected to achieve a record of scholarly activity as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, successful extramural funding, success in teaching university- level courses and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

Application Procedure:
Applicants must upload: (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) undergraduate and graduate
transcripts, (4) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four professional references that the search committee may contact, and (5) one-page summaries outlining their research and teaching visions via in order to be considered for this position. Inquiries about this position should be directed to Dr. Manpreet Singh ( or 706-542-1092. The selected candidate will be required to submit to a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia and provide official transcripts.

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

The University Department & Community:
The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia, 70 miles northeast of Atlanta ( The university, a land-grant/sea-grant university, is ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The university is recognized as a research intensive and community engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation. The Department of Food Science and Technology ( is a unit of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Athens offers a rich cultural environment interconnected with the university and is perennially identified as one of America’s most livable cities (

  • The University of Georgia is an EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Institution. As such, we are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We not only strongly encourage women, minorities and other diverse candidates to consider applying for this position, but we also maintain that all candidates should share our commitment to diversity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Manpreet Singh
    Food Science and Technology
    University of Georgia
    211 Food Science Building
    100 Cedar Street
    Athens, GA 30602
  • 706-542-1092


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