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Job ID: 203751

Oregon State University

Date Posted Jan. 17, 2023
Title Director
University Oregon State University
Portland , OR, United States
Department College of Ag Sciences
Application Deadline 03/06/2023
Position Start Date Jun. 1, 2023
  • Associate Professor
  • Food Sciences/Technology/Toxicology
    Sciences - General
The Food Innovation Center is seeking a Director. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.

For those candidates who currently hold a tenure position at their respective institution, it is possible for the Director position to be offered with a tenured appointment.

Established in 2000, the Food Innovation Center (FIC) is a unique partnership between Oregon State University (OSU) and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to foster the success of food and agricultural enterprises by supporting food innovation throughout all industry sectors. The overall goal of the FIC is, with an entrepreneurial mindset, to provide an integrated program of research, outreach, technical services and education aimed at enhancing the regional capacity for innovation and economic development in the food sector, while also strategically addressing the emerging issues in the food industry, such as sustainability and climate-resilience, food waste and loss, and the impact of food on human health.

The FIC is one of 14 branch experiment stations in the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) and is located in the city of Portland, which is a dynamic food research hub and center for food entrepreneurism. Drawing on the strengths of higher education, government, and private sector collaboration, the FIC plays a significant role in the development and effective marketing of value-added agricultural products and specialty crops from the Pacific Northwest region.

The Director position oversees the FIC Experiment Station and manages the facility, a 33,000 sq. ft. building. This facility currently houses the experiment station and ODA’s Agricultural Laboratory Services programs, and has a great opportunity to house other organizations. This position has primary responsibilities relating to program activities, personnel, budget management, strategic planning and coordinating activities with operations of the College, other branch experiment stations and academic departments. The FIC Director holds a public position in the Portland metropolitan area and should demonstrate the skills necessary to represent and promote the College and the University in a variety of settings.

OSU has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and community. The University actively recruits and retains a diverse workforce and student body that include members of historically underrepresented groups. It strives to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus environment. OSU provides outstanding leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity and building community. There is an expectation that as part of your role in the college, you embody and advance the principles and practices conveyed in the CAS CARE Commitment document.

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Contact Information

  • Yanyun Zhao
    College of Ag Sciences
    Oregon State University
    430B Strand Agricultural Hall Oregon State Univers
    Corvallis, OR 97330
  • 541-737-9151


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