Digital and Precision Ag Bio Sciences Platform Chief Technology Officer
Required Minimum Quals:
PhD in relevant scientific discipline 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 in order to work and elicit cooperation across a diverse range of stakeholders. Resultsâdriven, creative, commercially oriented Â 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
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.Â 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.Â
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:Â biobased chemicals, digital and precision agriculture, vaccines and immunotherapeutics and medical devices.Â 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 Universityâs scientific breakthroughs are poised to help grow and diversify Iowaâs economy.
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.