Digital and Precision Ag Bio Sciences Platform Chief Technology Officer | Iowa State University - Military Veterans

at HERC - Central Midwest

Ames, Iowa

Position Information: Position Title: Digital and Precision Ag Bio Sciences Platform Chief Technology Officer Job Group: Contract Required Minimum Quals: PhD in relevant scientific discipline 10 years of experience developing bioscience technical innovations for commercial application. Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated ability to create and work towards a technological vision. Excellent interpersonal skills and proven collaborative leader in order to work and elicit cooperation across a diverse range of stakeholders. Resultsâ??driven, creative, commercially oriented  leader with demonstrated ability to set and manage priorities. Understanding of project management discipline, with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience working in industry, particularly in a product development and/or entrepreneurial role. Experience in the Digital and Precision Ag area Job Description: Iowa State University is looking for a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) who will lead efforts to identify and accelerate the development of new technologies and innovations with strong commercial potential in the Digital and Precision Ag platform and related areas. This person will also serve as a driver for developing interfaces between the university and industry in these areas to facilitate technology development and support collaborations. The CTO will possess and/or develop a deep understanding of innovations being developed within universities and throughout industry that have commercial potential in the Digital and Precision Ag platform spaces. The CTO will also work in close partnership with Iowa Innovation Corporation (IIC) staff to vet and prioritize those opportunities for commercial development in Iowa. The CTO and IIC partners will provide support of and guidance to prioritized ventures. The CTO will: Understand the technologies/innovations being developed within the Regents universities and scout for relevant innovations being developed anywhere within Iowa. Serve as a focal point at Iowa State University for industry to partner with and collaborate with researchers in this area. Lead technical vetting and prioritizing of innovations as potential commercial opportunities. Provide ongoing technical product development guidance to prioritized ventures, ensuring that timely progress is made against commercial development milestones. Understand the university resources and expertise that could be of value for any developing ventures in the Digital and Precision Ag platform platform and, with IIC staff, develop and manage processes through which these resources can be accessed. Serve as a member of the IIC leadership team. In partnership with IIC staff, the CTO will: Develop and implement strategies for translating new innovations in Digital and Precision Ag platform to commercial products. Vet and prioritize for ongoing IIC support, technologies/innovations based on their combination of technical potential and commercial viability. Guide prioritized ventures towards commercial development. Build and maintain relationships among platform researchers at the universities and with industry partners and coordinate (as well as conceive) joint activities and projects.  Serve as primary contacts into their assigned platform. This position could be part time or full time based on the candidate's availability. Department/Program & College Description: Iowa is adopting a more aggressive, formalized approach to organizing for economic development in the bioscience sector, focusing on four technology platforms:  biobased chemicals, digital and precision agriculture, vaccines and immunotherapeutics and medical devices. The Iowa Innovation Corporation (IIC; www.iicorp.com ), a public-private partnership formed to promote economic development in the state, is fostering development of robust cohesive innovation ecosystems within each of the platforms. Success will require an evergreen pipeline of commercially oriented innovations and university engagement is central to delivering on this need. This position, focusing on the Digital and Precision Ag platform, will be central to the success of this strategy. Iowa is uniquely positioned to be a leader in D&PA given its national leadership in row crop and livestock production and its robust production agriculture company ecosystem, e.g. crop/animal breeding, seedstock production, agricultural machinery and equipment. Iowa State University has significant strengths in plant and animal sciences, engineering and data sciences. Its Plant Sciences Institute has achieved global prominence in predictive plant phenomics, including the development of agricultural sensors. Its graduate program in agricultural engineering has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report. This position will reside at Iowa State University, capitalizing on the outstanding research strengths in D&PA. Founded in 1858, Iowa State University is the largest public university in the state with nearly 35,000 students. Iowa State University is a member of the Association for American Universities, an invitation-only organization of the 65 top public and private research institutions in the U.S. and Canada . In FY20, Iowa State University attracted $253M in external research funding. Iowa State Universityâ??s scientific breakthroughs are poised to help grow and diversify Iowaâ??s economy.   Department Unit/Website: https://www.research.iastate.edu/ Appointment Type: Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term) Number of Months Employed Per Year: 12 Month Work Period Time Type: Full time Pay Rate Type: Salary Pay Grade: Contract Application Instructions: To apply for this position, please click on â??Applyâ?? and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following: 1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter 3) Contact Information for Three References If you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485. Original Posting Date: August 28, 2020 Posting Close Time : This posting will close at 12:00 AM CST on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 PM CST the day prior. Posting Close Date: November 23, 2020 Job Requisition Number: R3123

Ames, Iowa

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