Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Food Science (Microbial Food Safety)

(Ref#: FEVL-GA-2022)

University of Florida

  • Graduate Studentships
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

Dr. Montazeri’s Food and Environmental Virology Laboratory at the University of Florida - Food Science and Human Nutrition Department is accepting applications to hire a qualified graduate student seeking a Ph.D. degree in Food Science. This is a paid Graduate Assistantship position and provides a stipend with a tuition waiver. Qualified applicants would be available to start summer 2022 or fall 2022 at the latest. Applications for this position will close as soon as an acceptable applicant is identified.

The successful candidate will join the CONTACT project, a USDA-SCRI funded collaborative effort, aiming to respond to a critical national problem that is dramatically affecting specialty crop producers and processors. As part of this collaborative effort, the complex fate of foodborne viruses through the fresh produce chain will be investigated using basic and applied sciences. General and molecular microbial techniques will be utilized to study the persistence of human norovirus and its surrogates in irrigation/rinse water, soil, and fresh produce. Then, the efficacy of various sanitation/disinfection strategies will be investigated for the eradication of norovirus from such matrices. 

Through this project, the student will learn and perform general and advanced microbiological techniques (such as PCR, plaque assay, mammalian cell culture, microbial isolation/purification, ELISA, and bioinformatic analysis). Further opportunities will be provided for students to enhance their competency through professional activities including mentoring undergraduate assistants, networking with professionals in the field, communicating project findings at conferences and seminars, experience with project management, career advancement workshops, and more. 

Stipend, tuition waiver, health insurance
Education Requirement:
A thesis master’s degree from an accredited university (foreign equivalent acceptable) with a focus on microbiology, food science, molecular microbiology, genetics, or a closely related discipline.

Application Information

Interested individuals should email the following documents to Dr. Naim Montazeri at  for pre-evaluation.  

  1. Cover letter indicating applicant’s academic goals and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above 
  2. Detailed CV (including a list of laboratory skills) 
  3. Statement of research purpose 
  4. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial documents are accepted for pre-evaluation) 
  5.  English proficiency test scores

To be considered, the application process follows the UF/FSHN guidelines:

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Gainesville, FL (Main Campus)
Food Science and Human Nutrition
572 Newell Drive
Gainesville , FL 32611
Naim Montazeri, Ph.D.