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Assistant Professor State Extension Specialist in Food Safety
Utah State University

Date Posted Feb. 24, 2023
Title Assistant Professor State Extension Specialist in Food Safety
University Utah State University
Logan, UT, United States
Department Nutrition Dietetics & Food Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date July 2023
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Assistant Professor State Extension Specialist in Food Safety

Requisition ID: 2023-6203
# of Openings: 1
Location: US-UT-Logan
Category: Faculty
Position Type: Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification: Faculty
College: College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Department: Nutrition Dietetics & Food Sciences
Advertised Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

Utah State University seeks a talented full-time Assistant Professor and State Extension Specialist in Food Safety. The position will be academically housed in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. The position is offered as a 0.917 full-time equivalent 12-month tenure-track Assistant Professor rank with a split appointment of 70% Extension, 25% Teaching, and 5% Service. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating and conducting extension activities and programming that supports the processing and manufacturing of safe food including traceability systems and recall plans in Utah.

The successful candidate will be assigned to teach online and face-to-face courses in the area of food safety that support the Food Science and Master of Food Safety and Quality programs and mentorship of MFSQ students in applied practice experiences. Utah State University encourages all faculty to participate in professional service to the department, college, institution, and profession.

Proposed start date is July 1, 2023

This person will be expected to do the following related to their responsibilities as an Extension Specialist:

  • Partner with Extension county faculty, federal, state, and local food regulatory agencies, and community and industry partners to implement, deliver, and evaluate targeted programming for industry and consumers.
  • Act as a Process Authority that will serve food manufacturers in Utah by reviewing, guiding and issuing process review letters for new food products that meet state and federal licensing requirements for the production of safe food.
  • Implement training and education programs that lead to industry or regulatory certifications, including Preventative Controls for Human Food and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points.
  • Provide lab testing to food manufacturers to confirm that industry, state and federal requirements are met, and respond to food manufacturer inquiries or questions related to food processing, safety, and traceability.
  • Serve as a resource person for county-based Extension faculty, the media, and other stakeholders providing resources and training to help solve food-related problems relevant to decreasing the incidence of food borne illness in Utah. This includes providing resources and training related to food safety in home food preservation to county faculty and consumers.
  • Be a resource to departmental faculty as well as to the Aggie Chocolate Factory, the USU Creamery, and the Aggie Meat Lab on issues related to food safety.
  • Secure the funding needed to support targeted programming and other Extension and teaching efforts. The person will be expected to build a network of industry partners and other collaborators and stakeholders from different disciplines and institutes.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in food safety, microbiology, food science or related field with experience or expertise in the area of commercial food processing
  • Evidence of experience in grant writing, program planning, implementation, or evaluation in areas of food safety.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of teaching experience or curriculum development, particularly in higher education.
  • Demonstration of strong oral and written communication skills, including effective communication of scientific concepts to lay audiences.
  • Experience with home food preservation and consumer food safety.
  • Demonstration of ability to coordinate and evaluate projects involving multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience in partnerships, collaboration and coordination efforts.
  • Experience conducting needs assessments and performing formative, programmatic, and other evaluation to show impacts to multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstration of supervisory and mentoring skills.
  • Experience working with land grant University Extension services

Required Documents
Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV - Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/CV"
  2. Cover Letter to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Documents 1-10"
    • Cover Letter describing how the candidate meets the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position
  3. Minimum three (3) professional references with contact information

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.

University Highlights
Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utahs land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 "very high research activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.

USUs statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 masters and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the universitys ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at

USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah States land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USUs non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

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