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Department of Food Science
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, 2023, and June 1, 2023.
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.
Please submit application materials via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22096. 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.. Direct any questions regarding the application process to Patti Wojcik (email@example.com, 607-255-7900). Please direct any questions or requests for additional information regarding the position to Dr. Abigail Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.
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