Post Doctoral Associate in Risk Assessment of Foodborne Pathogens in Vegetable Chains in Africa


University of Florida


Gainesville, FL


The University of Florida seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Associate to work with Dr. Arie Havelaar in the area risk assessment of foodborne pathogens. The successful applicant will be appointed in the Animal Sciences Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and will be associated with the Emerging Pathogens Institute and Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, developed as a Preeminence Initiative at the University of Florida.

This position will provide the opportunity to apply expertise in (1) quantitative microbial risk assessment and its applications to low- and middle-income countries, (2) biostatistics and (3) programming (in particular in the statistical language R), to exciting interdisciplinary problems related to global food safety. The research focus will include developing and implementing quantitative microbial risk assessment models for bacterial pathogens in vegetable food chains in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso and multidisciplinary collaboration with researchers from other US and international Universities and Research Institutes to provide decision support modeling for governments, industry and consumers to improve food safety in the target countries.

This position will be funded for three years.

Individuals with a doctoral degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, food science, engineering or a closely related field are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have excellent academic credentials. Strength in programming skills in the R language is required. Candidates must provide evidence of published work in quality venues. Strong writing and oral communication skills are required, and preference will be given to applicants with additional experience in risk assessment methodology, food safety or infectious diseases epidemiology.

Applicants should go to and submit electronically:

1) a cover letter that states applicant's interest in the position and qualifications,

2) a CV,

3) three letters of reference, and

4) one sample research paper.

Contact Name

Arie Havelaar

Contact E-mail