Assistant, Associate or Full Professor - Microbes, Metabolism, and Food Safety

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
February 02 2018
Job ID: 320548
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type


Minimum qualifications: A Ph.D. degree in a biomedical science field and research published in highly-ranked scientific journals.

Desired qualifications: A D.V.M. degree from an accredited veterinary medical institution. Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain a nationally-funded research program, form effective scholarly teams responsive to emerging global food-related infectious disease and food safety challenges, and ability to develop partnerships to address workforce needs of the food and feed industry.

About the Job

Tenure-track faculty position at open rank, assistant professor rank preferred.

75% Research

25% Teaching/Outreach

Our Public Health system requires effective coordination between food producers, veterinarians and scientists to protect livestock and consumers from foodborne pathogens and prevent illness. To address this unmet need, we are seeking a qualified scientist and educator to develop internationally-recognized and extramurally-funded research and scientific training program.

Using the tools of modern molecular biology, metagenomics, and nanotechnology, the successful candidate will apply fundamental knowledge of microbes and metabolism and current advancements in nanobiology and animal agriculture to address significant challenges in pre-harvest food safety and prepare the future workforce to respond to the needs of food producers and the public. This faculty scholar will be driven to discover and characterize key metabolic interactions between microbes and animal hosts leading to the development of new predictive and diagnostic approaches to mitigate antimicrobial drug resistance. The ideal applicant will bring a fundamental knowledge of biological contaminants in food and feed, experience in engineering gene-based tracking systems on Point-of- Care platforms and an ability to deploy predictive modalities for safe pre-harvest food processing for the improvement of animal health and food safety.

As one of four open faculty positions at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and School of Public Health (SPH), this collaborative position will promote Minnesota agriculture and contribute to the University’s leadership in global food ventures and internationally-recognized programs in food safety and emerging infectious disease and prevention.

These four positions will build on the existing strengths of the CVM and SPH to extend workforce training for life sciences careers. Through collaborations across the University and with state, federal and international public health agencies and industrial partnerships, successful candidates in these positions will have the potential to bolster commercialization of molecular biology-based testing to detect and monitor pathogens affecting food and feed safety and biosecurity at the pre-harvest level.

About the Department

The Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department educates students in the biomedical sciences; discovers new knowledge about animal and human health and disease through scientific research; translates new knowledge into useful applications; and communicates knowledge to health professionals, animal producers, industry, and scientists.

How To Apply

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