Director – Nat’l Ctr for Food Safety & Tech – Summit, IL


National Center for Food Safety and Technology | Summit IL 60501 United States | posted 12/23/2009 | 


The Illinois Institute of Technology's National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), is seeking a director. Founded in 1988, NCFST is a unique food research consortium of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and the food industry. NCFST was established to provide a collaborative environment where scientists from industry, academia, and government can pool their scientific expertise and institutional perspectives to ensure the production of safe and nutritious food.

NCFST has a staff of 90, a facility with laboratories including select agent facilities, 55,000 sq. ft. of pilot plant space, and an extensive library. NCFST in cooperation with the FDA also operates a biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory and biocontainment pilot plant. NCFST's biochemistry and nutrition laboratory and Clinical Nutrition Research Center support the nutrition and health promoting foods research platform. NCFST also houses IIT's graduate program in food safety and technology and food processing engineering, offering masters and certificate programs.

The selection committee is looking for a candidate with an international scientific reputation in food safety and technology as well as a proven ability to lead a multi-stakeholder research organization. The ideal applicant will have a PhD and broad experience working across academia, industry, government, exhibit outstanding communication skills, and demonstrate an ability to establish partnerships and relationships with a broad spectrum of related organizations and stakeholders. Other key skill sets include a commitment to excellence, results, and people, a collaborative style, and seasoned leadership and management experience, including budget management. Candidates should demonstrate a flexible and forward-looking leadership style. Experience with communicating complex scientific and regulatory issues to the media, government and other stakeholders will be an advantage. The position also includes an opportunity for a suitable candidate to become a faculty member with the Illinois Institute of Technology.

For more information about the director position (including selection criteria and key responsibilities) and the National Center, please visit the NCFST website: For more information about IIT, visit


Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining their experience and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Application materials should be submitted electronically to NCFST's Director of Operations, Catherine Nnoka, at Review of submissions will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Questions and inquiries should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Darsh Wasan, Vice President-International Affairs and Motorola Chair Professor in Chemical Engineering, IIT at 312.567.3001 (direct line), 312.479.3002 (cell/mobile), or

Illinois Institute of Technology is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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