Food Science Research Assistant Professor


Michigan State University


Position Summary

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition seeks a Research Associate to work in Dr. Felicia Wu’s research team. The primary responsibilities for this position are to directly coordinate and conduct research on toxicology and risk assessment of naturally occurring chemicals and microbes in the national and global food supply, and to manage the work by students and post docs in the laboratory. The successful candidate will be expected to manage projects, assist trainees with their work, develop reports, and contribute to writing of manuscripts and research proposals.


Minimum Requirements: A doctoral degree in Food Science, Toxicology, Biochemistry or a related discipline, with a strong focus on quantitative methods and risk assessment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups.
Desired Qualifications: Experience in conducting quantitative risk assessment. Experience in modeling, particularly social network or agent-based models. Experience managing projects and people. Ability to work independently. Good organizational skills.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Department Statement

As the pioneer Land Grant University, Michigan State University has strong related programs, and is committed to linking food, water, the environment, animal health, and human health. Its highly collaborative and productive faculty provide a very positive environment for professional growth and program expansion. MSU is a diverse community that provides regional, national, and international leadership in research, excellence in teaching (with an emphasis on international engagement), and a strong extension program that partners with diverse stakeholders to bring science-based responses to social and environmental challenges.
MSU is home to numerous institutionally supported core facilities, providing expertise and equipment in areas including, but not limited to genomics, metabolomics and proteomics; a biosafety level-2 pilot processing facility; large and small animal facilities; histopathology, drug discovery, high resolution in vivo imaging and microscopy.

With over 3100 miles of Great Lake shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes, 51,000 miles of rivers, 1300 miles of bike trails, Michigan ( is a four-season wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts. Michigan also boasts a robust local food movement, with over 200 wineries and 200 microbreweries. The MSU campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The region has numerous music and theatre offerings, with an active arts community that includes the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts and the Broad Art Museum.
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. The University proactively upholds the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. MSU is also proactive in exploring employment opportunities for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information regarding MSU’s dual career support can be found here and Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found here

Required Application Materials

To apply, qualified applicants must submit an application at the MSU Human Resources website at https:/ (Posting # 622482) that should include a: 1) cover letter; 2) current curriculum vitae; 3) names and contact information for three references.

Contact Name

Lisa Oliva

Contact E-mail