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Associate Engineer

Job Summary:

The Associate Engineer is responsible for the weekend operations at the farm and lab (the facility), including cultivation and growth, work flow and data collection, determining staffing needed and responsibilities, safety, environmental safety, maintenance, repairs, and operating procedures and practices.

With consultative direction, this position exercises latitude in determining development and solutions for designated investigations or projects. Functioning in an advisory or leadership role participates in the planning and oversight of the successful resolution and implementation of scientific problems and provides direction and guidance to professional and support staff. Assists with formulating technical plans, typically multi-year, for solution development, documentation, and deployment of the scientific or technical solutions. Evaluates the integration of the solution within the overall scientific environment; and responsible for planning and overseeing documentation, testing, maintenance, and technical updates. Assists in the recruitment process for professional and support staff. Motivates, and develops professional and support staff. Recognized to possess authoritative knowledge on the concepts, principles and methods in their specific field of engineering or science.



Essential Functions:

  1. Collaborates with Company management on the goals and objectives for the facility

  2. Coordinates the weekend facility schedule for production, testing, maintenance, repairs, upgrades, and modifications with other technical and management staff

  3. Determines staffing needs and manages the resources at the facility to accomplish the production, research and development objectives

  4. Manages the inventory, storage, and use of consumables and other materials needed for operation of the facility

  5. Anticipates and evaluates improvements in the process, operating procedures, controls, data collection, data reporting, equipment design, workflow, staffing plans, safety protocols, environmental at the facility

  6. Formulates, plans, and guides the development of innovative and practical solutions to advanced technical or scientific problems

  7. Anticipates and evaluates future project or scientific needs, design system components, and modifications to accomplish technical goals

  8. Directs and allocates technical resources and professional staff to achieve objectives

  9. Publishes and presents technical papers and abstracts and participates in internal and external technical program reviews

  10. Feeds algae ponds, performs pond transfers and harvesting

  11. Reads diagrams, process sheets, and assembly and schematic drawings

  12. Assists in fabrication, assembly, and installation of basic experimental and commercial equipment

  13. Uses and maintains farm equipment; cleans outdoor ponds, tanks, and sumps as needed

  14. Uses and maintains lab equipment, such as UV-Vis spectrophotometers, gravimetric instruments, and elemental analyzers

  15. Records information on appropriate production records, logs and other report forms; provides inputs to reports as required

  16. Interacts with co-workers, suppliers, customers, and partners in a professional, considerate, and respectful manner

  17. Fosters an environment of safety, camaraderie, and integrity in all aspects of work

  18. Observes all laws, regulations, other applicable obligations, and Company ethical standards while on duty, wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company

  19. Performs work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices

  20. Notifies management of any activities that could violate or have the appearance of violating laws, regulations, obligations, ethical standards, potentially unsafe working conditions, procedures, or practices


Qualifications, Skills and Physical Demands

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, of Ph.D. in Scientific, Engineering or related technical field, typical minimum experience is three years or more

  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate workflow and effectively communicate with staff at all levels in a complex operating environment

  • Technical capability includes a versatile knowledge of the facility’s process, design, operating procedures, troubleshooting, maintenance requirements, safety plan, and environmental concerns

  • Demonstrates a detailed and extensive technical expertise and application of scientific principles, concepts, theory, and practice as well as project leadership including organizing, planning, scheduling, and coordinating workloads to meet established project deadlines or milestones.

  • Must possess the ability to contribute to the development of new concepts and principles; resolve unusually complex technical problems; serve as spokesperson on projects and/or programs; and be a technical expert in one or more areas of scientific investigation

  • Customer focused, formulates plans based on the development of innovative new designs in resolving advanced technical scientific problems

  • Must be able to work extended hours and travel as required

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position and use a computer or equipment for most of the day

  • Must be able to move 50 pounds at one time; multiple times throughout the workday.

  • Must be able to work outdoors most of the day in outdoor weather conditions, traverse algae farm, ascend/descend ladders, and remain in a stationary position 

  • Positions self at ground level to perform tasks such as equipment maintenance and sample collection

  • Must be able to work indoors in the lab traversing the lab while transporting samples

  • Willing to work in or near unusual environments such as pressurized air, high voltage, microwave energy, heat, cryogens, water ponds, high places, and heavy objects.

  • Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, leadership, presentation, and interpersonal skills; enabling an effective leadership interface with other departments, all levels of management, professional and support staff, customers, potential customers, and government representatives

  • Computer literate with the knowledge of applications pertinent to position objectives

  • Must be able to communicate via phone, video conference, and email with colleges and business contacts

  • Must have ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment and learn new concepts quickly

  • Must be able to think strategically and have the ability to use independent judgment

  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality

TO APPLY: please submit your resume to, the subject line must include which position you are applying for.

Global Algae Innovations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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