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Food Safety, Assistant Professor Tenure Track Position

The Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. We are seeking outstanding candidates with expertise in any field of Food Microbiology and Safety, who are devoted to establish a well recognized food-based research program in areas such as: bacterial pathogens, virology, antimicrobial resistance, microbial ecology, modeling and risk assessment, toxicology, allergen control and detection, metabolomics & metabonomics, nanotechnology or biosensors.

Preference will be given to candidates who would potentially bring expertise to complement current research areas of food science faculty. A successful candidate will be expected to have or show potential to develop a strong record in internationally-recognized and extramurally-funded research. Responsibilities will include developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in food science. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Food Science or related discipline, a strong interest in teaching/advising and strong oral and written communication skills are essential. The Department of Food Science places special emphasis on faculty-student interactions, participation in interdisciplinary activities, teamwork, cooperation, and industrial interactions. We share a fundamental commitment to attract and teach a diverse student body. Review of the applications will begin on December 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement on their research and teaching philosophy and names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references who can evaluate their professional experience and record, teaching and research abilities directly to Questions pertaining to this position can be directed to Yeonhwa Park ( or Julian McClements (
The Amherst Campus of the University of Massachusetts is part of the Five-Colleges Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The University and town offer rich social and cultural life, and diverse recreational amenities. We are 2 hours from Boston and 3 hours from New York City by car. The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.  Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

A new product development experience available to students for credit next semester!

Attention Undergraduates and Graduates,

We are excited to announce that there is a new product development experience available to students for credit next semester! Herbalife is sponsoring a product development project exclusive to UMass students. Interested students will be required to commit 3 credit hours a week (Undergrads: FS396, Grads: FS696) to develop a new product that fits within a defined concept proposed by Herbalife. Students will meet weekly (Mondays 5-8pm) in the Pilot Plant for bench top development working directly with a product development coach.   Only participating students are eligible to apply for an internship at their facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the summer of 2016 Herbalife. More information is outlined below.

Background: Herbalife provides nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products exclusively to and through dedicated customers that are members of their program. They offer a wide variety of products to meet the demands of their consumers and are looking to develop a platform of products to build their portfolio.  UMass and Herbalife have established a partnership that enables a product development experience for currently enrolled food science students. The program helps provide an educational experience to our UMass food science students while identifying novel approaches for the development of new food products for Herbalife. In addition to the hands-on classroom laboratory experiences conducted at UMass, participating students will be eligible to compete for a paid internship position at one of the Herbal Life facilities during the summer of 2016. 

Approach: In the spring semester at UMass (Mondays 5-8PM), we will host a 3 credit Product Development Seminar (Undergrads: FS396, Grads: FS696) in which students will be placed into groups and will be tasked to develop a product using one of the Herbalife product concepts previously provided. The proposed concept will be determined on the first day of class and the chosen concept will be the focus for rest of the semester. The course will include at least 3 hours of lab time per week under the instruction of a trained product development lecturer over a period of 14 weeks. Students will be responsible for identifying/developing their own marketing concept, sourcing commercially available ingredients, product formulations, raw material costs, ingredient statement and calculated nutrition facts. The course instructor will provide technical guidance, development coaching and monitor overall product development needs.  At the last day of class, student teams will present their finished prototype and final report (including the development materials) to the Herbalife team. The winning teams will receive an award totaling up to $7,500 presented by the Food Science Department on behalf of Herbalife. A defined rubric will be established by the instructor for classroom grading for the course. However, the overall scholarship recipients will be chosen by the Herbalife team.

Participation: To enroll into this program all interested students must: 1) Enroll for 3 credits of Independent study: Undergrads: FS396, Grads: FS696, 2) sign in with Fran manually at the front desk of Chenoweth. NOTE: All graduate students must have email approval from their advisor sent to Amanda Kinchla amanda.kinchla@foodsci.umass.edubefore you can participate in this program.

If you have additional questions regarding this program, contact Amanda Kinchla,


Amanda Kinchla
Extension Specialist
Food Science Department
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: 413.545.1017

The Fergus M. Clydesdale Center for Foods for Health and Wellness is Now Open!

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has opened its new $5.6 million, state-of-the-art Clydesdale Center for Foods for Health & Wellness, with support from top leaders in the food industry and alumni. The center features 7,800 square feet of new and renovated chemistry, microbiology and biology laboratory space for research in developing healthier and safer foods. The department is widely recognized as one of the best in the nation and it is also the oldest in the country, founded in 1918.

One of the top Food Science Ph.D. Research Programs in the US

The Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst was recently ranked one of the top food science Ph.D. research programs in the United States by the National Research Council.

The 2010 study evaluated graduate programs according to several criteria, including faculty research productivity (publications, citations, grants, awards), student completion rates, and diversity. We are extremely proud that our department was ranked first in three of the evaluated categories. View our top three rankings here.