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Research Associate – Postharvest Processing (3 Year Term) 

Hours per week/FTE



The Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE) is looking for a research associate at the postdoctoral level to contribute to research efforts in postharvest processing of fruits, vegetables, roots and tuber crop and cereals. The college is currently focusing on creation of an advanced postharvest technology centre to support the producers and processing industry in southern Alberta.
The candidate for this position will have a strong focus on storage, handling, and processing of potatoes and sugar beet. The candidate will extensively utilize the knowledge of heat and mass transfer and mathematical modelling to develop cost-effective postharvest storage, handling, processing, and packaging solutions to increase shelf-life and product quality. Candidate will also focus on investigating non-destructive food quality and safety analysis and packing of processed as well as fresh produce to increase shelf-life.

Job Duties

Responsibilities include:
• Support research projects to advance postharvest processing and packaging of fruits, vegetables, roots and tuber crop and cereals
• Provide technical expertise in mathematical modeling of transport process (heat and mass transfer) in beet and tuber crops
• Provide technical expertise in developing cost effective postharvest processing solutions to manage heat and moisture (through drying, cooling, chilling, aeration) in horticulture crops
• Contribute to research efforts in developing non-destructive optical imaging and sensing technology for quality and safety monitoring of agri-food products
• Participate in development of grant proposals, analyze and publish existing and new data in peer-reviewed journals
• Assist in building Lethbridge College’s research network via internal and external research collaborations

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate:
• Strong background in mathematical modeling of heat and mass transfer for drying of beet and tuber crops and refrigerated/cold storage
• Strong programming skills in MATLAB, Python, and demonstrated experience with COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software
• Experience with non-destructive food quality and safety testing and packaging
• Has a record of high-quality scientific publications
• Team player, functions well in a collaborative team with diverse backgrounds and experience

Preferred Qualifications

• The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree in Food Process Engineering, Postharvest Engineering, or Food Technology.


Starting from $72,414 to $85,194 per annum; commensurate with education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:  For more information contact:
Dr. Chandra B. Singh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
403-320-3202 ext 5314 Office TE1255

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Applications will be accepted until January 2, 2020. Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of proposed research program, statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information of three references.

Enquiries and applications should be directed to the Search Committee Chair:
Dr. Danny Mann, P.Eng.
Professor & Head Department of Biosystems Engineering
E2-376 EITC University of Manitoba Winnipeg,
Manitoba R3T 5V6
Phone: (204) 474-7149
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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