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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - The Department of Food Science (UTIA)

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - The Department of Food Science (UTIA)

The Department of Food Science at the University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture, invites applications for the Post-doctoral Research Associate position under the direction of Dr. Jiajia Chen. The individual is expected to conduct fundamental and applied research in food process engineering, write grant proposals, prepare manuscripts for publications, assist in training and supervising graduate and undergraduate students, manage lab activities, and perform other academic duties as requested by the PI.

Candidates are expected to have earned a Ph.D. in food science, agricultural engineering, or other related areas when the position starts. This is a full-time, regular position and is contingent upon continued funding and satisfactory performance. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The benefits of full-time university employees are available.


The successful candidate should demonstrate strong research experience in multiphysics modeling and/or machine learning in food processing and relevant fields.

Interested applicants should apply online at Please include:

(1) An application letter summarizing experience and career interest, (2) A curriculum vitae, (3) the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references, and (4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts. 

Any inquiries about this position should be directed to Dr. Jiajia Chen through email ( UT Food Engineering Website:

Screening of applicants begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Food Science Research
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 12, 2024, 2:06:23 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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