Muscle Food Safety Specialist

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Food Service
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Posted on July 2, 2021

Job Description

This AP Faculty position supports the Virginia Seafood AREC mission of providing education, scientific and technical guidance, support and leadership to the commercial seafood and aquaculture industries throughout Virginia and the United States. This position will directly support food quality, safety, and consumer education through the practical application of HACCP, GMP’s and sanitation systems in conjunction with applications of new emerging processing technologies to control and/or eliminate biological and chemical hazards of concerns that can affect the safety and quality of food products; with an emphasis on seafood, from all sectors of the food supply chain. This position will also work to educate Extension agents (as it makes sense) to help deliver programs related to this content. This position will also have an adjunct appointment with the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech.

Required Qualifications

A Ph.D., or MS in Food Science, Food Safety, or Microbiology with strong knowledge and background in food safety or Food Microbiology. Strong writing, reporting, and communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work with a diverse group of individuals and programs. Must already be eligible to work in the U.S.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in providing food safety trainings including HACCP, Good Manufacturing Practices, Sanitation Control Procedures, and Preventive Controls for Human Foods.
• Strong technical knowledge of HACCP, Good Manufacturing Practices and Food laws and regulations and their applications in various food industries.
• Strong technical knowledge in the application of microbiological research and methodology aspects of safety and quality in seafood.
• Experience in grant writing and successful funding is very important, as is experience in program assessment and reporting.
• A strong applied knowledge of written and spoken Spanish is highly preferred.
• Certificates on Hand: AFDO Seafood HACCP, AFDO Sanitation Control Procedures, Preventive Controls for Human Foods, Meat and Poultry HACCP, ServSafe

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

July 19, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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