Assistant Director – Food Technology Center

University of Idaho



Assistant Director – Food Technology Center

(Pilot Plant Research Manager)

Food Technology Center

Open for Recruitment:
June 20, 2008 — Open until further notice

Announcement #: 15828092908

Salary Range: Depends on Experience

Full or Part Time: Full Time

Location: Caldwell
This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.

Materials Required:
Online Application (
Job References
Letter of Application

Closing Date: The closing date has been moved from July 20, 2008 to July 6, 2008. Review of applications will begin July 7, 2008 and will continue until a suitable applicant pool has been identified.


The major responsibility of this position will be to manage the logistics and execution of food processing research and testing studies being conducted in the Food Technology Center pilot plant. The pilot plant is the major research component to the Food Technology Center and is responsible for all regulated studies conducted in addition to technical service projects for private U.S. Food and Agricultural processing companies.

Specific responsibilities for the pilot plant research manager include, but are not limited to; project design and management, process setup, teardown, maintentance, data collection, reporting, staff management and management or design of facility standard operating procedures and quality assurance records. The pilot plant research manager will also be responsible for collaborating with the FTC director and pilot plant clients with new project design, analysis, financial administration and communication between study sponsors and the FTC. Secondary responsibilities will be to source, procure and manage pilot plant inventory and resources. Occasional assistance may also be required in managing the FTC commercial kitchen in the absence of the FTC director and/or the plant supervisor.


Education: Bachelors degree in Food Science, Environmental Science, Biochemistry or related scientific field.

Experience: Minimum 3 years food processing quality assurance and/or pilot project management experience; managing a diverse group of personnel in a food processing environment and ability to effectively communicate quality and safety objectives to that group.

Willingness and ability to: physically work hard and beyond regular hours when needed, especially during peak fruit and vegetable harvest and research seasons.

Ability to: work independently and interact professionally with a diverse clientele.

Demonstrated ability to: work with personal computers including word processing, database, presentation and quality assurance software.

Demonstrated knowledge of: Idaho food processing regulations; Organic food processing regulations; EPA Good Laboratory Practices; Basic food processing unit operations including dehydration, fractionation, thermal processing, freezing & refrigeration and size reduction.

Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and utilize pallet moving equipment; have a valid driver’s license and be able to travel within the continental United States.


Master’s degree in Food Science, Environmental Science, Biochemistry or related scientific field.
Management experience in a quality assurance laboratory responsible for Good Laboratory or Good Manufacturing Practices, HACCP, Pest Control.
Pilot plant processing or pilot plant trial experience or demonstrated experience in production scale-up and new product specification development.
Fundamental understanding of food product or food process development.
Experience with third party auditing in a food processing or food laboratory environment.

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