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Working TitlePostdoctoral Research Associate – Food Safety and Covid-19
DepartmentFood Science & Technology-0836
Requisition NumberF_200149
Posting Open Date11/06/2020
Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date)12/07/2020
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Open Until FilledYes
Description of WorkA postdoctoral research associate position with competitive salary and benefits is available under the supervision of Dr. Byron Chaves (Department of Food Science and Technology) and Dr. Hiep Vu (Department of Animal Science and Nebraska Center for Virology) to work on the intersection of food safety and COVID-19. The incumbent’s home department will be Food Science and Technology and will be primarily located in the Food Innovation Center, Nebraska Innovation Campus (Lincoln, NE). The postdoctoral associate will design, conduct, analyze, and publish experiments on the survival and persistence of various BSL2 viruses in meat and poultry matrices and associated surfaces with the goal of identifying suitable surrogates for SARS-CoV-2 studies in food. This is USDA-NIFA funded project with an 18-month duration.In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum Required QualificationsPhD in Food Science, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Veterinary Sciences, Virology, or related fields. Strong laboratory experience and excellent technical skills in microbiology, cell culture, biochemistry, and molecular biology are required. Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to work both independently and cooperatively within a multi-cultural team are essential qualifications.
Preferred QualificationsExperience working in BSL3 environments is a plus.
Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required
Criminal History Background Check RequiredNo
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How to ApplyClick “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references.
For questions or accommodations related to this position contactKaren Randall, krandall2@unl.edu
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Job Category (old)Other Academic
Job TypeFull-Time
Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding?Yes
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