Advertised Employing Department: Office of Vice President for Research
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
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 biobased chemicals platform and related areas. This person will also serve as a driver for developing interfaces between the University and industry in this area to facilitate technology development and supporting collaborations. The CTO will possess and/or develop a deep understanding of innovations being developed within universities and throughout industry in the biobased chemicals platform space that have commercial potential. The CTO will also work in close partnership with IBDC staff to vet and prioritize those opportunities for commercial development in Iowa. The CTO and IBDC partners will provide ongoing oversight of prioritized ventures.
Principal Responsibilities: The CTO will: 1.Understand the technologies/innovations being developed within the universities and scout for relevant innovations being developed anywhere within IA. 2.Serve as a focal point at Iowa State University for industry to partner with and collaborate with researchers in this area 3.Lead technical vetting and prioritizing of innovations as potential commercial opportunities. 4.Provide ongoing technical product development guidance to prioritized ventures, ensuring that timely progress is made against commercial development milestones. 5.Understand the university resources and expertise that could be of value for any developing ventures in the biobased chemicals platform and, with IBDC staff, develop and manage processes through which these resources can be accessed. 6.Serve as a member of the IBDC leadership team.
In partnership with IBDC staff, the CTO will: 1.Develop and implement strategies for translating new innovations in biobased chemicals platform to commercial products. 2.Vet and prioritize for ongoing IBDC support, technologies/innovations based on their combination of technical potential and commercial viability. 3.Guide prioritized ventures towards commercial development. 4.Build and maintain relationships among platform researchers at the universities and with industry partners and coordinate (as well as conceive) joint activities and projects. 5.Serve as primary contacts into their assigned platform.
Required Education and Experience:
-Ph.D. in relevant scientific discipline with at least at least 10 years of experience developing bioscience technical innovations for commercial application. -Demonstrated ability to create and work towards a technological vision. -Excellent interpersonal skills and proven collaborative leader. Will be required to work and elicit cooperation across a diverse range of stakeholders. -Results‐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.
Preferred Education and Experience:
-Experience working in industry, particularly in a product development and/or entrepreneurial role. -Experience in the bioproducts area.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.