Position Summary

Position Description

The Assistant/Associate Extension Professor and Seafood Technology and Food Safety Specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will directly support the over $2.5 billion Maine Seafood Industry by providing impactful federally- and state-required food safety workforce training and education. The position will also support the development of new seafood products, processes, and training to support the workforce. The faculty member in this position will provide leadership for Cooperative Extension’s seafood technology and food safety programming and applied research. The faculty member, in partnership with county and campus-based Extension staff and UMaine faculty, will develop or assist educational programing and applied research focused on seafood and food safety. The position will address the wide spectrum of seafood industry food safety needs with a priority for the needs of Maine small businesses. The position will conduct applied research and scholarship in collaboration with colleagues within Cooperative Extension, the UMaine School of Food and Agriculture, and others.

Required Qualifications

Earned Ph.D in Food Science or closely related field ● Experience with food safety procedures including seafood HACCP and sanitation ● Demonstrated ability to design, deliver and evaluate educational programs ● Knowledge of, or documented record of, conducting high-quality, applied scientific research, demonstrated by publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or popular press ● Demonstrated computer and educational technology skills ● Excellent interpersonal, technical writing, and public communication skills ● Knowledge of or experience in grant writing ● Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team and independently; must be self-motivated and directed with the ability to achieve goals and manage multiple tasks in an autonomous work environment ● Ability to travel, usually requiring a valid driver’s license, both in- and out-of-state, with reimbursement at the contract rate ● Ability to work a flexible schedule, depending upon the needs of stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with Cooperative Extension educational program development, delivery and evaluation ● Established record of effectiveness in Extension educational programming ● Demonstrated experience with applied research and community needs assessments ● Experience in grant writing and the financial management of grant funds ● Successful supervisory experience ● Experience working with diverse audiences; knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion; and understanding of equal opportunity, affirmative action and civil rights policies

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


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About University of Maine, Cooperative Extension

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at umaine.edu.

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.

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