Utah State University

Research Food Scientist

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/17/2022 12:47 PM)
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Nutrition Dietetics & Food Sciences
Advertised Salary
Minimum $60,000 per year commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences (NDFS) has an opening for the professional position of Research Food Scientist (Researcher III) in the Gary Haight Richardson Dairy Production Laboratory (DPL). The Gary Haight Richardson DPL is located in the C. Anthon Ernstrom Nutrition and Food Science building on the Logan campus of Utah State University. The DPL Research Food Scientist will oversee research and compliance within the DPL, teach labs and short courses, and provide trainings for students. 


The Gary H. Richardson DPL provides learning and discovery opportunities that enhance undergraduate and graduate education in the NDFS degree programs.  In addition, the DPL facilitates engagement with the dairy food industry, and reflects the department’s commitment to supporting a safe and wholesome food supply through science and innovation. The DPL is approved as a Grade A milk processing operation, and ice cream and other dairy food production occurs throughout the year.

The DPL Research Food Scientist reports to the Department Head of the NDFS Department and will serve on the USU Aggie Creamery advisory council. The USU Aggie Creamery advisory council members report to the Department Head and include the DPL Research Food Scientist, the Creamery Retail Sales Manager, the Creamery Production Manager, the NDFS Business Manager, and the Creamery Faculty Director or faculty representatives as appointed by the Department Head.


General responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and maintain the Food Safety Plan according to FSMA standards to support continuous improvement in food safety and quality, and designate critical tasks for the implementation of the Food Safety Plan to the production and retail managers.
  • Report violations of the food safety plan to the Department Head.
  • Facilitate product development and research related to ice cream, cheese, and other dairy products.
  • Assist in teaching labs and short courses that are conducted in the Dairy Production Laboratory, as well as other teaching as assigned by the Department Head and commensurate with the successful candidate’s interest and expertise.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulatory, safety and labor standards as befits a food manufacturing and teaching facility.
  • Provide opportunities for research, internships, and the training of students and coordinate these training opportunities within the academic programs of the NDFS department.
  • Provide community outreach through coordination and oversight of activities such as organizing the dairy food competition of the FFA.
  • Write SOPs for equipment and processes, including scheduled maintenance for equipment, and designate tasks important in the implementation of SOPs to the production manager.
  • Coordinate and schedule the use of equipment in the DPL with faculty, staff, students, and people external to the university who may be attending a short-course or contracting with the DPL for use of equipment.
  • Assist in the procurement of milk and other ingredients needed for production of Famous Aggie Ice Cream, Artisan Aggie Cheese and other products produced by the DPL.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Food Science, Dairy Science or a related science; OR bachelor's degree in a related field plus two years of relevant work experience;.
  • Experience in designing and conducting scientific research.
  • Ability to communicate at a technical and non-technical level, with university faculty, staff, students and community members.
  • Ability to work independently and in team situations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned graduate degree in Food Science, Dairy Science or related science.
  • Experience in an industrial setting involving the manufacture of dairy foods such as ice cream, cheese, pasteurized milk, cream, and yogurt.
  • Experience in the business aspects surrounding industrial dairy processing including personnel management.
  • Experience in food safety and quality practices in the dairy industry including proper food sanitation and GMP.
  • Demonstrated ability in preparing and delivering technical information through formal and informal learning situations.
  • Preventive Control Qualified Individual certification.
  • Experience in teaching content related to food science, dairy science, and or food safety practices.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Minimum $60,000 per year commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 04/18/2022


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