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1. Graduate Research Associate (Food Process Engineering) (Food safety aspects of high pressure based technologies) (Spring 2020)

The Ohio State University, Departments of Food Science and Technology /  Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) / Center for Clean Process Technology Development ( is recruiting a doctoral level graduate research associate student. Successful candidate will be a part of a university-industry multidisciplinary team and conduct research on food safety engineering aspects high pressure based technologies for food and beverage processing.   In addition to conducting basic and applied food engineering research, GRAs can also contribute to food engineering teaching and industrial outreach activities.

The ideal candidate will have

(a) Degree(s) in Chemical / food/agricultural engineering, biotechnology or food science and technology. Excellent academic credentials, GRE & TOEFL (international applicants) scores.

(b)  Hands-on experience and mechanical aptitude in working with advanced food technology machinery

(c) ability to work in multi-disciplinary research environment. Interface with academia and industry

(d) Experience with statistical experimental design, and data analysis would be plus

(e) Prior course work and/or hands-on laboratory experience with food microbiology is desired

(f) Ability to learn/adopt skills and knowledge in solving “real-world” problems.

(g) Creative and independent research abilities with teamwork spirit.

(h) Excellent oral and written communications skills.

Salary and Benefits:

Starting stipend will be competitive. The position will include full benefits as per OSU guidelines, including tuition and health care benefits. Anticipated Starting Term: Fall 2019, Autumn 2020 or Open until filled.


If interested, email the following materials to Dr. Bala:

(a)  A cover letter articulating how your academic and prior experience uniquely prepares you to be part of our team

(b)  Detailed curriculum vitae

(c) Academic B.S & M.S. transcripts

(d) Unofficial GRE and TOEFL (only for international students) test scores.

(e) List of three references (name, position, institution, email address, and phone number). References will be contacted only for the candidates that make the short list.


2. Undergraduate students with background in food engineering or food science and technology are also welcome to join our team as student researchers.