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Taipei, Taiwan, The Institute of Food Science and Technology at National Taiwan University ( ) invites applications for a full-time faculty positions in the field of Food Processing and Engineering at the Assistant/ Associate/ Full Professor level. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in related disciplines, a strong interest in teaching and research, excellent interpersonal skills, willingness to work in a team, and oral/written competence in Chinese or English. Candidates with a strong publication record from postdoctoral training are particularly encouraged to apply. The positions will be effective on February 1, 2022.   Qualified candidates are requested to prepare all application materials, including (1) a letter of application summarizing qualifications relevant to the position description, (2) resume with a list of publications published in SCI journal after February 1, 2015, (3) a copy of Ph.D. diploma, undergraduate and graduate transcript, (4) summary of research achievement and future research plan (no more than 2 pages), (5) a representative paper (a full research paper), (6) teaching statement, including proposed course description and syllabus (no more than 2 pages), and (7) contact information of three professional references. Application materials in PDF format should be submitted via email to  [email protected] . Review of the applications will begin on May 17, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Dr. Min-Hsiung Pan, Professor and Director,  Institute of Food Science and Technology, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, Taiwan 10617. Email: [email protected] ...
Rockville, Maryland, Position Summary Responsible for promoting AnalytiCon Discovery’s natural product chemistry services (e.g. analysis of extracts, identification of active ingredients, chemical synthesis), identifying R&D business opportunities as well as negotiating/finalizing contracts with industrial entities in the USA and Canada. The focus is on the food/beverage and agrochemical industries. To strengthen our business development team in North America we are looking for you to join us full-time as: Manager Business Development – Food & Beverages for North America Duties and ResponsibilitiesDuties and Responsibilities I dentify, establish and develop new business relationships with key accounts in the assigned region and/or industry branch Generate business intelligence and market analysis reports Travel to customers with up to 25% travel activity Prepare client-specific presentations; present and promote AnalytiCon’s products to a variety of audiences; explore client needs Attend and represent the company at tradeshows and scientific conferences Communicate effectively and in a timely manner with AnalytiCon’s scientific and senior staff in the U.S. and in Germany (no German language skills required) Forecast future sales by product/territory/market segments Maintain all corporate files pertaining to key accounts and sales activities Independent negotiation and conclusion of contracts. Report to the Executive Vice President located in Rockville, Maryland Required Qualifications and Skills Ph.D. or Master’s degree in a natural science (e.g., food technology, chemistry or microbiology); background in natural product chemistry or analytical chemistry is a plus Exceptional oral and written communication skills Outstanding presentation and negotiation skills 2-5 Years of relevant business development experience Ability to identify business opportunities, drive, negotiate, and close research contracts Ability to interact with clients’ management and scientists Ability to create and to hold presentations with confidence Ability to work in a team environment to translate clients’ needs into individual scientific solutions Proficiency in using CRM software Our Offer: - A supportive, international team environment - Flexible work hours - Competitive Benefit Package including health benefits, retirement options, PTO and sick leave - Basic plus success-based salary - Professional development opportunities AnalytiCon Discovery, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law...
Arlington, Virginia, Within the Market Access and Regulatory Affairs (MARA) department at the U.S. Dairy Export Council, provide support and coordination for projects dealing with technical services (dairy science/technology and testing methods of dairy products). Interact with USDEC staff, members, offices, dairy/international organizations, and consultants to ensure information requests are processed in a timely and accurate manner. Review of international scientific test methods: Review international test methods/develop USDEC positions (equivalency reviews) Communicate with USDEC staff and outside organizations Coordinate workflow and keep track of CODEX Committee(s) progress Coordinate USDEC input and monitor work of the International Dairy Federation and ISO on test method development Primary member contact for questions related to scientific/technical related issues Develop communication pieces related to technical issues via membership newsletters/bulletins and USDEC website Provide scientific advice/support to USDEC staff Support Sr. VP of MARA in gathering and providing technical information to members and USDEC staff Provide USDEC member and staff support: Primary member contact for questions related to scientific/technical related issues Develop communication pieces related to technical issues via membership newsletters/bulletins and USDEC website Provide scientific advice/support to USDEC staff Support Sr. VP of MARA in gathering and providing technical information to members and USDEC staff Engage as directed with the International Dairy Federation, US IDF and/or ISO to represent USDEC positions, assess opportunities and manage threats. World Trade Organization (WTO) draft regulation notifications: Review technical-related WTO notifications and interpret relevance of new foreign regulations, developing comments as necessary Provide analysis and develop USDEC comments on WTO notifications Manage export guide: Lead editor for assigned volumes of the Export Guide (EG) documents prior to posting – ensure appropriate communications of updates takes place, and ensure the information is accurate and complete Identify and communicate areas of EG improvement and, upon gaining Sr. VP approval, work with the MARA team to make enhancements Ensure adequacy of supporting documentation for EG assigned volumes Project support: Support Sr. VP and other MARA staff as directed in management and execution of projects Event support (e.g. seminars, member missions) Communicate with USDEC members, offices, partners and consultants Proof-read (and edit) internal technical publications Education & Experience Undergraduate degree in dairy science, food science, biology, or related field Master’s degree in dairy science a plus 5 years of relevant dairy industry laboratory/technical experience Regulatory experience a plus Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Highly organized, able to handle multiple concurrent projects, self-motivated, able to operate effectively in a collaborative environment, and under time constraints Ability to interpret and analyze scientific/technical information related to dairy science Excellent English language skills including writing, editing, and proof-reading skills. Expertise in identifying, developing, and using project management strategies and tools Proficiency in the rationale for, and how to implement, open science best practices Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain relationships with partners Strong communication skills, in both written and verbal formats, and including under time pressure Experience in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint Very detail-oriented; team player Perform all job responsibilities in a manner consistent with the USDEC Way: Works as a team member, recognizing that USDEC wins and loses together Respects and values colleagues. This includes considering roles, responsibilities, work styles, perspectives, and experience Trusts others as professionals working towards the same objectives & goals Communicates respectfully, inclusively, clearly, and in a timely manner Acknowledges, celebrates, and rewards good work and contributions Supports and creates opportunities for individual learning, growth, and mentorship Fosters an environment of trust where people can share new ideas, innovates, takes risks, and learns from failure Creates a safe environment that will empower the voicing of concerns and viewpoints   We regret it is not possible to communicate with candidates except those who most closely match our current business needs. Thank you. U.S. Dairy Export Council is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, gender, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Competitive medical, dental, and life insurance benefits as well as ample paid time away (vacation, personal, sick, and company holidays). Generous 401(k), and collaborative culture...

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