*Reposting from original posting date of September 13, 2018*
The Food Science Innovation Coordinator and Facility Manager supports research, development and commercialization activities at the University of Maine and within the School of Food and Agriculture. The position is responsible for developing relationships with current and new food-based businesses in Maine, as well as identifying and supporting related business and economic development opportunities. A priority is management of the Dr. Matthew Highland’s Pilot Plant and the licensed Commercial Kitchen in support of the University’s research and service mission for academic and industry clients. Typical hiring range for this position is $50,000-$60,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Essential Duties and Responsibilites:
Develop relationships with food sector businesses, both established and start-ups. Develop R&D proposals and projects with University of Maine faculty and staff to assist individual companies and groups of companies.
Provide technical support to businesses, faculty, staff, and students conducting research or product development using the Pilot Plant and/or licensed Commercial Kitchen. In a facility manager role, facilitate effective and efficient use of the facilities by university classes.
Become proficient at operating and maintaining equipment in these facilities, including establishing standard operating procedures.
Regularly assess needs of relevant businesses using focus groups, surveys, and/or other tools.
Strategically plan and develop the necessary resources for successful food business-related economic development. This includes identifying internal and external funding sources, including grant writing opportunities, and cultivating partnerships with businesses and other potential funders. Organize the resources of the University of Maine to support economic development related to the food business sector. Organize meetings and workshops related to R&D.
Write, or contribute to the writing of, grants, reports, and promotional materials supporting companies in the food sector.
Organize, facilitate, and contribute to relevant workshops, continuing education, and workforce development for food sector businesses, based on assessed needs, in coordination with other University of Maine units e.g., Cooperative Extension, Lobster Institute).
Promote the University of Maine’s capabilities through tours, workshops, and presentations at food and agriculture venues.
Act as the safety officer and train or facilitate training of all relevant facility users on the proper use and safety of the pilot plant and commercial kitchen equipment.
Work effectively, proactively, and cooperatively with members of the School of Food and Agriculture, the Office of Innovation and Economic Development the campus community, and external clients and customers.
Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.
The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university. As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.
Further information about UMaine can be found at https://umaine.edu/
The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.
UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live.
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- B.S. degree
- Demonstrated excellent organizational skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and positive interpersonal skills are required.
- Demonstrated computer skills, including Microsoft Office, statistical software programs, and internet proficiency is required.
- Ability to travel is required, normally requiring a valid driver’s license.
- M.S. degree
- Knowledge and experience in food science, business development, or research and development is desirable.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with business people, local and state government officials, as well as University faculty, staff and administration is preferred.
- Knowledge of grant writing principles and substantial experience successfully developing grant proposals is preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to manage a food-related facility, including experience with sanitation, maintaining cleanliness, equipment maintenance, and equipment repair is preferred.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Student workers
POSITION TYPE: On going, base budgeted, professional position. Reappointment in this position is contingent upon successful performance and program needs.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload
1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references.
You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.
Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: February 15, 2019
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: February 19, 2019
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: February 25, 2019
Tentative start date: May 1, 2019
For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Balunkeswar Nayak at email@example.com or 207-581-1687.
Appropriate background checks are required.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).