Research Associate (Phytochemistry) – AeroFarms AgX Ltd. (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

As a Certified B Corporation, AeroFarms is a mission-driven indoor vertical farming company transforming agriculture with global headquarters in Newark, NJ. Recognized by as one of the Top 25 Disruptive Companies in the World, AeroFarms is scaling quickly to meet the demand for our fresh, locally grown produce that is setting new culinary standards. Recently, the company announced it will build a state-of the art research and development (R&D) center in Abu Dhabi to create an in country Agri-Tech ecosystem. We now look for seasoned professionals to join our Abu Dhabi entity for establishment and growth of our operation in the region.

We have:

  • An incredible ‘change-the-world’ company with the eyes of the world focused on our success
  • A team of motivated, intellectually curious, and creative individuals to support you
  • The backing of some seriously impressive firms including Goldman Sachs, IKEA, Prudential, and other leading venture funds

Job Description Summary:

The Research Associate will join an experienced team of Scientists and Growers on the Research & Development team, working closely with multiple departments to ensure success of long-range goals and strategies. Reporting to the Phytochemistry Lab Manager, Research Associate is responsible for assisting with testing, evaluating, and data collection of plants within controlled growing environments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Work closely with R&D team and other stakeholders to achieve goals on multiple projects
Assist with experiments to improve plant growing systems
Measure plant growth and development by eye and with scientific instrumentation
Methodically collect plant material for lab analysis, following protocols precisely
Manage and maintain sensors, lab equipment and plant growing systems (basic plumbing, growth media, lighting, etc.)
Record and track EC, pH, temperature, and humidity; correct when out of range
Weigh and mix fertilizers to create nutrient solutions
Monitor inventory of horticulture supplies.
Use grow room software as needed to verify growing conditions
Collect nutrient solution and plant tissue samples for analysis as needed
Comply with safety rules
Contribute to a positive work environment

Qualifications and Requirements:

BSc. in Analytical Chemistry or related field.
Master’s degree in a related field is a plus.
2+ years of experience in Horticulture, Agriculture, or Controlled Environment Agriculture is a plus (student research counts as experience)
Previous experience in Food or Agriculture Technology is a plus.
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Highly effective interpersonal skills
Teamwork skills and a collaborative approach to work
Able to multitask and prioritize the workload
A flexible approach to work with the ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment
Advanced skills with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Proficient with environmental monitoring and controls is a plus.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time in person position with normal work hours and workdays. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Important Considerations:

** This position requires a valid Driving License **

** This position may require international travel **

** This position requires a complete residency in Abu Dhabi, UAE **

** This position must be accessible during some US work hours for reporting and coordinating **

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