Lead Grower, OpenAg

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

LEAD GROWER, Media Laboratory-Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg ), to assist with the operation of OpenAg’s new Food Server facility (Middleton), leading plant propagation and data collection of four cutting-edge shipping container "farms." Will work as part of an interdisciplinary team ensuring superb seed-to-harvest plant propagation and high-quality data collection of plant health and flavor metrics.  Responsibilities include designing, operating, and iterating experimental design and protocol; overseeing and ensuring exceptional plant propagation, seed germination, and harvest turnover of food server crops; applying controlled environment agriculture technical expertise to maintain, develop, and repair advanced hydroponic farm system; assisting with the interface design and backend architecture of food server database; assisting with food server experiment design, tuning shipping containers’ controlled environmental variables to influence crop yield, health, and flavor; pairing with computer vision and machine learning team to iterate on experimentation and data collection processes; and other duties as assigned.

Full description available at https://www.media.mit.edu/about/job-opportunities/ .

REQUIRED:  bachelor’s/master’s degree in plant science, environmental engineering, or similar technical field; experience with large-volume plant data collection and database design and management; experience with formal plant science research, including protocol design, implementation, and high-quality data collection of plant metrics through tissue collection and other formal sampling methods; solid statistical skills (R, MATLAB, etc.); grasp of open-source hardware and software (including Raspberry Pi and Arduino platforms) and machine learning techniques (scikit-learn); ability to work independently; commitment to diversity and serving diverse constituents; and effective communication and teamwork skills.  Extensive experience with the engineering and operation of closed environment agriculture systems, hydroponics, and aeroponics preferred; as is experience as a controlled environment agriculture project lead.  Job #14371

Must be able to work a varying schedule with some evening and weekend hours required during key experiment stages and to travel and work between Middleton, MA and Cambridge.  

This is a one-year- appointment with the possibility of extension based on funding and research priorities.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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