TUCCA is expanding and seeking five new faculty members

We are looking for applicants at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level as part of a focused effort to further strengthen key research areas in cellular agriculture, including cultivated meat, alternative proteins, plant-based systems, and related biotechnology approaches to next generation food innovation. 
This is an inflection point for the center, and these hires will help take us through this next stage of growth—allowing us to broaden our research capacity and train more students! 

  • We’re especially interested in applicants whose expertise complement our current strengths. Topics like: sensory, nutritional, and technoeconomic analysis in the context of sustainability, cell engineering, bioprocess engineering, artificial intelligence, and tissue systems related to experimental or computational approaches.
  • Faculty appointments may be made at the School of Medicine, the School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Engineering, the School of Arts and Sciences, or the School of Nutrition and Policy

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The Kaplan Lab is hiring a research technician to work on cellular agriculture projects. 

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We are seeking applicants for up to three, fully-funded cellular agriculture PhD spots in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 

Cellular agriculture (cell ag) is a rapidly growing field which seeks to address the growing environmental, animal welfare, labor, and public health concerns of industrial livestock production by creating agricultural products from cell culture. Most research currently focuses on the biological and engineering aspects of cultivated meat and other cell ag products. However, tremendous gaps in knowledge exist regarding questions like: What does a just transition to cell ag look like? How will consumer acceptance and understanding of these products evolve? What policy levers (and even safeguards) will be necessary to ensure this technology has its intended impact on the world? How does the environmental impact vary across processes and products? 

We are therefore excited to be onboarding three new PhD students to the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to explore questions like this, working under faculty with expertise in areas such as economics, sustainable food systems, food policy, life cycle assessment, nutritional epidemiology, and nutrition science. Via the Tufts University Center for Cellular Agriculture (TUCCA), Tufts has a robust ecosystem of 90+ individuals from the undergraduate to faculty level working on cellular agriculture in some capacity, with most in the School of Engineering but a growing contingent at the Friedman School and elsewhere at Tufts. This is a unique opportunity for students interested in thinking about the social and environmental implications of cellular agriculture to do so side-byside with bench scientists.

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