PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in Food Microbiology, University of Maryland, United States

Expires on: 04/01/2024


The School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore announces a fully funded PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in Food Microbiology. This 4-year position, commencing in the Fall Semester of 2024, offers a stipend of $30,000/annum, tuition waiver, and insurance. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Janak Dhakal, delving into research on Food Microbiology, Food Safety, and Antimicrobial Resistance.

The selected candidate will be involved in various aspects of research, including developing research protocols, conducting field trips for sample collection, performing laboratory microbiological analysis (both conventional and molecular), data analysis using statistical software, and preparing scientific manuscripts for publication. Additionally, responsibilities include preparing posters and oral presentations for scientific conferences and assisting in other research projects and departmental activities.


  • M.S. in Food Science, Poultry Science, Animal Science, microbiology, or a closely related field.
  •  Enthusiasm for both field and laboratory research.
  •  Preferred: Prior food microbiology research experience.
  •  Preferred: Previous working experience in a BSL2 facility.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

How to Apply:

  • Contact Dr. Janak Dhakal at for more details before applying to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Graduate School.
  • Submit the following documents to the PI by 01 April 2024:
  •  CV
  • Unofficial transcript
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if available and applicable)
  • Email and contact information for 3 references
  • Cover letter stating your interests, research experience, and career goals.

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