Postdoctoral Position in Food Virology

University of Florida

  • Post Doctoral Position - Academic
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

A Postdoctoral Research Scholar is sought to join Dr. Naim Montazeri’s Food and Environmental Virology Research Group within the University of Florida - Department of Food Science and Nutrition to address pressing issues concerning the impact of COVID-19 on the food sector. The position will be located at the UF main campus in Gainesville, FL. This is a full-time research position for one year with potential extension depending on the availability of funding. The anticipated start date is Jan 4, 2021 (earlier start dates are negotiable).

The selected candidate will participate in a collaborative project on rapid response to COVID-19 in food sector. The selected scholar will investigate the persistence and transfer of coronavirus (CoV) surrogates and SARS-CoV-2 on food and contact surfaces and implement effective virus mitigation strategies. The knowledge gleaned from experimental research will be translated into various educational resources and serve as a foundation of stakeholder engagement. The candidate will help mentor students, with project management, and proactively extend knowledge to stakeholders and the scientific community. Through this project, the candidate will acquire strong technical expertise in advanced microbiology and virology. Further training opportunities will be provided to develop a wide array of professional and personal skills, including mentorship, technical writing, project management, science communication, and career development.

Education Requirement:
Ph.D. degree in food science, microbiology, virology, or related field
Years of Experience:
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • virology
  • coronavirus
  • rna viruses
  • molecular virology
  • cell culture
  • infectious diseases
  • lab experience


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in food science, microbiology, virology, or related field and have demonstrated microbiology skills, such as PCR, microbial purification/concentration, electrophoresis, cell culture, immunoassays, and experience working in BSL-2 laboratories. Experience in data analysis and working in BSL-3 laboratories are highly desired. Strong candidates will have a strong track record of articles published in peer-reviewed journals, written and oral communication skills, and project management experience. We recognize the candidates may have their own sets of skills in their field which may not completely match with the advertised position. We foster diversity in the workplace and encourage any interested individual with a strong record of research productivity and relevant experience to apply.


Interested applicants should forward the following information (or any inquiry) to Dr. Naim Montazeri ( The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current CV (including the list of publications and laboratory skills
  3. Statement of research experience and goals (max one page)
  4. Contact information of three references
  5. Visa eligibility to work in the U.S. (if any) and whether you will require sponsorship.


The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.


The University of Florida ( is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 56,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ( includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (, the College of Veterinary Medicine (, the Florida Sea Grant program (, and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. UF/IFAS employs nearly 4,500 people, which includes approximately 990 salaried faculty and 1,400 permanent support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. 


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