Internships and Jobs

If you have a job or internship you would like posted to this page, please email your information to Posts are generally kept up for 30 days or until a stated deadline has passed.
Internships/student worker

Animal Health Intern

Merck, Elkhorn, NE

The Future Talent Program features internships that last up to 12 weeks and will include one or more projects.  These opportunities can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals. Interns will work under the direction of a supervisor and assist a team of scientists in their work toward the development of vaccines and other biologicals for use in animals. Opportunities are available for candidates enrolled in undergraduate degree programs.  Candidates must have finished their sophomore year of a four-year bachelor program in a life science discipline by June of 2020.   Candidates should be able to demonstrate their achievements in scientific coursework through academic transcripts. 

For more information and to apply please visit:

Student Research Project

Dr. Bryon Chaves, a faculty member in the Food Science & Technology Department, has a project for a student to complete through the IANR ARD Undergraduate Research Program (see above). He is seeking a student with at least one more full year left, so someone who plans to graduate in spring or summer 2021.

If you are interested in this project and meet the qualifications, please email Dr. Chaves at

Department positions

No open Department positions at this time. Please check back as new positions are posted regularly.

Open Academic positions

Assistant/Associate Professor

University of Maryland

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an independent, innovative, and competitively funded research program in food systems innovation as applied to improve food safety and sustainability. We seek outstanding scientists engaged in emerging areas of food research including but not limited to microbial and chemical food safety, application of omics to improve food safety, emergence of antimicrobial resistance in food system, development of innovative technologies to detect and control foodborne pathogens, mitigation of food loss and food-waste, utilization of food processing waste, food biotechnology, and fermentation.

Applicants are to send a cover letter, current and signed curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and the names and contact information for three professional references (include mailing address, telephone number, and email address) to: (Position #: 103734).

Bioprocessing Laboratory Specialist

University of Illinois

Supervise and perform the day-to-day research, operations, and safety oversight of the IBRL-PPP and
laboratory. Schedule and prepare for research trials by students, faculty, and outside researchers. Serve as primary research specialist for operating and maintaining extrusion research equipment in facility.
Ensure equipment is available and ready for use. Provide expertise to faculty, students, and outside users performing research to ensure safe and successful use of facility equipment, including coordinating without outside contractors as necessary.

Questions can be directed to Ronda Sullivan via e-mail ( or phone 217-244-9528.

Open industry positions

Associate Food Scientist

ConAgra Foods, Omaha, NE

Under direct supervision, researches, conducts experiments, gathers data, develops preliminary findings and prepares written reports for the development of new products beginning at conception through successful commercialization. Follows established protocols and work plans and drafts for review technical proposals and reports. This position requires a B.S. in Food Science or related field required. MS preferred and one year of experience.

To apply visit:

QA Analyst I

Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Crete, NE

Perform tests for NIR (Protein, Fat, and Moisture), Date Codes, Temperature/Condensation, Package Seals and other QA tests as required ( process and finished goods). Make recommendations and decisions on product holds and release. Monitor product formulas for accuracy.

To apply please visit: Nestle Purina Careers