In response to continued growth in eastern Idaho’s science, technology and research sector, Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) is hiring a science, technology and research (STAR) director. The STAR director will report to REDI CEO Jan Rogers and serve as the primary spokesman for topics and actions tied to “this vital industry cluster,” a REDI news release said. The region is anchored with a Department of Energy national laboratory, three additional major science and research labs and advanced manufacturing, the release said. Hiring a STAR Director will help to maintain, grow and advocate this core sector and keep a focus on science, technology and research opportunities in the region, the release said. Rogers said the sector is on track to reach nearly $4.5 billion in capital investment. The STAR director position was created with assistance from Idaho National Laboratory, Fluor Idaho and “numerous industry partners,” the release said. “… Eastern Idaho has truly made significant strides in furthering growth and harnessing new ideas to change the industry landscape in our state,” Megan Ronk, director of Idaho Commerce, said in the release. “That is why we are so excited for an even deeper focus on the science, technology and research fields in the Idaho workforce.” INL Director Mark Peters said in the release that bringing together the region’s existing talent and assets that are “uniquely available” here is “critical to INL’s future success.” “… The timing is right to find a STAR director to advocate and champion our region both regionally and nationally,” Peters said in the release. Steve Laflin, president and CEO of International Isotopes, said in the release that he is “very enthusiastic” about the creation of a science, technology, and research director position. Applicants can review the STAR director position job qualifications and apply online at easternidaho.org by clicking on the “About Us” tab, then “Career Opportunities.” The application deadline is Aug. 6.