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The Dairy Science Department at South Dakota State University is inviting applications for the position of Industrial Food Engineering Technologist – Institute for Dairy Ingredient Processing (IDIP).  The successful candidate will serve as a resource for the application of food manufacturing engineering principles to dairy and food science research projects for internal and external clients.  SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position Description:
The Industrial Food Engineering Technologist will be responsible for maintaining and establishing relationships with key food and beverage manufacturers and will work with them to provide expertise in the area of food production engineering. The Technologist will operate food processing equipment and analyze the operational data from the equipment. This individual will interpret engineering diagrams and formulas used on projects conducted by the Institute for Dairy Ingredient Processing; be responsible for scheduling and training of student employees in the Dairy Science Pilot Plant and for inventory control of products, supplies, and materials; weekly and monthly action plans for research and processing will be created by the Technologist.

Minimum Qualifications:
•    A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Food, Dairy Science, or a closely related field.
•    Experience in dairy product manufacturing, analysis and quality control.
•    Minimum of two (2) years of experience in food production and engineering, especially related to dairy foods.
•    Demonstrate effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:
•    Demonstrated ability to apply mathematical and engineering concepts to food production and process control.
•    Proficiency with the main Microsoft Office Suite products.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Deadline:
Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 31, 2016.

Application Process:
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.”  The system will guide you through the electronic application form.  The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; resume; and reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

For questions on the position, please contact Steve Beckman at (605) 688-4184 or

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