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Engineer 1

Job Summary:

The position is assists with installations, maintenance, and equipment operation at the farm and lab (the facility), including safety, environmental safety, maintenance, repairs, and operating procedures and practices. Supports facility modifications, fabrication and assembly, equipment installation, daily farming operations, and laboratory equipment maintenance and modifications. Assignments are normally outlined in terms of overall objectives and anticipated results.

With consultative direction, this position exercises latitude in determining development and solutions for designated investigations or projects. Assists with formulating 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 equipment updates. Recognized to possess authoritative knowledge on the concepts, principles and methods in their specific field of engineering or science.

Essential Functions:

  1. Works in a group environment (indoor and outdoor) to provide oversight, monitoring, and execute daily workflow activities at the Shandon Algae Farm and Lab

  2. Assists technical team by providing input to goals and objectives for the facility

  3. Supports technical team with grant applications

  4. Provides documentation and makes technical presentations as required

  5. Coordinates the facility schedule for maintenance, repairs, upgrades, and modifications with other technical and executive staff

  6. Assists with fabrication, assembly, and installation of experimental and commercial equipment

  7. Develop and oversee facility equipment maintenance plans

  8. Determines staffing needs and other resources at the facility to accomplish goals

  9. Directs the activities of technicians and less experienced professionals

  10. Participate in planning experiments including test plan preparation, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions

  11. Collaborate with technical team on developing, optimizing, and testing cultivation methods

  12. Anticipate and evaluate improvements in the procedures, policies, analytical methods, data collection, data reporting, workflow, safety protocols, and environmental management in the algae strain research, development, seed production, and culturing methods

  13. Assists with planning experiments including test plan preparation, analytical methods and laboratory or farm protocols, trouble-shooting problems, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions

  14. Works closely with technical team to anticipate and evaluate improvements needed

  15. Design system components, and modifications to accomplish technical goals

  16. Design, build, install, troubleshoot, analyze, and repair systems

  17. Identify, diagnose, and propose solutions to issues or problems within the processes

  18. Feeds algae ponds, performs pond transfers and harvesting

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

  20. Operates the Zobi Harvester and oversees harvests

  21. Operation of the biological and analytical laboratories

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

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

  24. Devise new approaches to resolve unusual or complex scientific problems

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

  26. May represent the organization as the prime technical contact on small contracts or single component projects

  27. Communicates needs with Coach in a timely manner to ensure Company objectives are met

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

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

  30. 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

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

  32. Notifies human resources 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, or Ph.D. in Scientific, Engineering or related technical field. Typical minimum experience is zero to five years. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.

  • Must be able to work weekends, 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 work outdoors all 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 performing tasks such as transporting samples

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

  • 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, interpersonal, leadership, organization, and presentation skills

  • Computer literate and able to effectively work with applications pertinent to position objectives

  • Must be able to communicate via phone, video conference, email and in-person with co-workers 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.

Pay Range: $66,560 to $83,200 per year

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