Research Professional - Food Processing, Griffin

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Research Professional - Food Processing, Griffin


CAES Food Science & Technology

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time:

Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday-Friday; 8-5 pm

Advertised Salary:

$35,568 - $65,326; Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

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Open until filled:


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Location of Vacancy:

Griffin Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Research Professional AD



Job Family:

Research And Lab



Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience as a manager in a food processing facility with knowledge including, but not limited to, quality control, production scheduling, regulatory compliance, maintenance and management of processing equipment, knowledge and experience in food plant sanitation, HACCP, GMP’s, Better Process Control School.

Position Summary:

This position will work independently and with other faculty (4-5) and graduate students (8-10) in the Department of Food Science & Technology (FST) on the UGA Griffin campus. This position will have minimal supervision and provide technical support to researchers in the department in managing the pilot plant located in the Melton building. This position is critical to ensure the safety of personnel working in the pilot plant and operating food processing equipment. The Research Professional will maintain a high degree of professionalism and integrity in ensuring safety compliance policies in the execution of experiments in the pilot plant. This position is responsible for the proper maintenance of food processing equipment and analytical instruments and ensures compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs). The individual in this position will also diagnose and troubleshoot problems with food
processing equipment and analytical instruments.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

-Ability to work effectively in a food pilot plant /research lab environments.
-Possess effective supervising, management and leadership skills necessary for creating a high-quality, safe and respectful work environment.
-Advanced expertise in collection and interpretation of scientific data.
-Ability to work with diverse audiences for effective coordination and execution of projects with project personnel and stakeholder groups.
-Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, management and troubleshooting skills, and the ability to work effectively and within a team of professionals / students /clients and in a complex and non-hierarchical environment.
-Aptitude to plan ahead and anticipate potential issues so that they can be quickly and fairly resolved in an effective, transparent and documented way.
-Have mechanical and electrical aptitudes towards pilot food processing equipment and analytical instruments.
-Exercise sound and ethical judgment to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs).
-Have the ability to work in a diverse team as well as independently to accomplish required tasks.

Physical Demands:

-Stand, walk and occasionally work in awkward locations.
- Participate in an occupational health and safety program, pass physical fitness medical evaluation, and lift at least 50 lbs. above the head.
- Regularly perform short-duration physical exertions, including light-medium weightlifting, pushing, pulling, stair, or ladder climbing, etc. in support of the execution of experiments in a proper/safe manner.
- Work in a variety of physical conditions within a food processing plant including potential confined spaces, chemical/biological/laboratories, etc.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Assisting PIs in planning and executing research projects as well as maintaining project status reports and purchasing supplies
Assisting PIs in data collection and designs, modifies, and/or fabricates instruments and other equipment as necessary to properly execute pilot plant-related research

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Coordinating the maintenance of pilot plant equipment including, but not limited to, walk-in coolers and freezers, spray dryer, freeze dryer, convection dryers, homogenizers, ultra-high temperature processor, retort, autoclave, mixers, kettles, air compressors, pumps, and steam generator

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Coordinating the maintenance of analytical instruments including, but not limited to, analytical balances, particle size and particle surface area analyzers, pH meters, and temperature and relative humidity data loggers

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Diagnosis and troubleshooting problems for food processing pilot-scale equipment

Diagnosis and troubleshooting problems for the analytical instruments including, but not limited to, a particle size analyzer for powders, a light scattering system for particle size and zeta potential determination of suspended particles, a BET particle surface area analyzer, a texture analyzer, a Nitrogen analyzer, a water activity meter, an ultra-shearing homogenizer, a colorimeter, a spectrophotometer, vacuum ovens, and a muffle furnace.

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Providing supervision and guidance for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as visiting scientists and technical personnel on the operation of pilot plant equipment and analytical instruments

Supporting all food processing-related activities for food sensory projects

Creating and maintaining environmental chambers for shelf-life studies

Providing technical assistance for conducting physical measurements such as texture profile determinations

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Posted: 2/20/2021
Application Due: 4/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time