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The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) seeks a Research Specialist to coordinate and administer several activities of our regional Preventive Controls for Human Foods Workgroup and our national produce safety evaluation efforts. The position reports to NECAFS Assistant Director and works closely with the Director, workgroup members, staff from the Lead Regional Coordination Center, and regional NECAFS partners.

This is an exciting opportunity to help advance and continue to build the growing scope and project activities of NECAFS. Immediate priorities include researching, cataloging, assessing, and sharing through a framework to support small and very small processors the preventive controls for human food resources created by other universities and outreach partners; researching, collecting and posting preventive controls and produce safety material to the Food Safety Resource Clearinghouse; conduct short-term and long-term look back evaluations of attendees at both Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual and Produce Safety Grower Trainings across the northeast region to document behavior change; create and implement a social media plan for NECAFS; support in drafting NECAFS newsletter communications, and draft portions of NECAFS required annual reports.

We seek candidates with a background in food safety, evaluation and literature-based research. Candidates should be skilled at gathering and reviewing food safety related material for relevancy and accuracy for the intended audience. This position will be part of team where all members work remotely so should be skilled at communicating and coordinating with teleconferencing platforms and working remotely. We seek a good communicator and effective listener, somebody who is able to respond to the needs and ideas of NECAFS network partners in an evolving FSMA landscape.

Strong interpersonal skills and an energetic commitment to teamwork are essential.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and catalog developed materials on Preventive Controls for Human Food and Produce Safety 
  • Conduct short-term and long-term look back evaluations of producers and processors across the northeast
  • Create and implement a social media plan 
  • Administer the development of success stories 
  • Support drafting annual reports, and other communication outputs
  • Writing, editing, proofreading of educational materials


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science in a related field or equivalent
  • 3 years of experience in a related position preferred
  • Experience in food safety
  • Experience with literature-based research in scientific disciplines
  • Experience with evaluation
  • Experience with adult education approaches
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

To apply, go to the UVM jobs board (https://www.uvmjobs.com) and search for posting number S2505PO. Applicants must submit cover letter and resume to be considered.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law.


The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) seeks a Research Specialist to coordinate and administer several activities of our regional Preventive Controls for Human Foods Workgroup and our national produce safety evaluation…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

How to Apply

To apply, go to the UVM jobs board (https://www.uvmjobs.com) and search for posting number S2505PO. Applicants must submit cover letter and resume to be considered.

To apply, go to the UVM jobs board (https://www.uvmjobs.com) and search for posting number S2505PO. Applicants must submit cover letter and resume to be considered.

Location

Burlington, VT

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