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AGROSCIENCE RESEARCH TECHNICIAN
Department: Research & Development
Contact: To apply please contact lcarney@heliae.com  
Updated: 03/01/18

Basic Function:
The AgScience Research Technician will study and optimize ag-science products derived from Heliae algal strains. This job entails working hands-on with algae, vascular plants and other safe organic materials to help create new and improved products. This job will be focused around applications regarding fruit and vegetable crops. The associate will work with plants in a soil-based greenhouse, handle chemicals, and operate laboratory equipment/ instrumentation. Primary duties will include organizing greenhouse work space as part of a collaborative team of technicians, launching and harvesting experiments and basic data collection. This associate will comply with all Heliae laboratory safety and quality standards.

Reports to: Lead Ag Science Technician

Primary Responsibilities and Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Daily Duties
  • Set-up and operation of experimental trials in soil platform
  • Basic understanding of experimental design
  • Conduct experiments and track daily plant growth indicators
  • Input data into Excel and compile graphs when needed
  • Perform wet chemistry techniques, including pH and salinity monitoring
  • Measuring liquid volumes and performing basic concentration conversion calculations
  • Mixing nutrient media recipes from dry chemical
  • Working with acid/base solutions
  • Maintain and update chemical inventory
  • Maintain inventory of Safety Data Sheets
  • Perform routine maintenance and calibration of instruments and equipment to ensure quality data
  • Comply with all job specific Standard Operating Procedures if applicable
  • Maintain housekeeping and chemical hygiene standards
  • Assist in organizing the work area according to 5S and LEAN principals
  • Maintain laboratory “24-hour Audit Ready” cleanliness
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment at all times
  • May perform other duties as needed or directed by the Direct Supervisor.


  • Qualifications: • BS degree in related plant science/biology or equivalent laboratory experience preferred • High School Diploma • Experience with Microsoft Office including:
    • Microsoft Word
    • Microsoft Excel
    • Ability to work well in a collaborative environment with minimal supervision
    Desired Attributes:
    • Integrity
    • Motivated team member
    • Ability to work in a dynamic environment
    • Responsibility
    • Relentless Pursuit


    Physical Requirements:
    The ability to work 40 or more hours per week at Heliae’s headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona
    The ability to operate a computer
    • telephone
    • fax machine/copier
    The ability to:
  • Walk a construction site and work in a greenhouse environment.
  • Sit for extended periods of time (2 hours at a time, 8 hours per day).
  • Frequently lift or carry up to 20 lbs. o Frequently perform fine manipulations with hands and fingers.
  • See, hear, and speak.

    **Please, no calls from applicants or recruiters
  • RESEARCH SCIENTIST I
    Contact: To apply please contact lwilder@heliae.com
    Updated: 06/04/18

    Basic Function: The Agroscience Research Scientist I will design, plan and conduct plant-based trials in the greenhouse and laboratory setting and otherwise support research aimed at developing and optimizing ag science products derived from Heliae algal strains. He/She will be responsible for overseeing all data tracking for these experiments, statistical analysis and presentation, as well as preparing data with the legal team for IP purposes when necessary. He/she will coordinate with the team managers and technicians to ensure smooth operations of all Ag Science facilities where experiments are performed. The Ag team experiments involve working with vascular plants and other safe organic materials. The associate will comply with all Heliae laboratory safety and quality standards.
    Department: Research & Development

    Reports to: Director of AgScience

    Primary Responsibilities and Duties include but are not limited to:
    Daily Duties
    • Oversee the design and implementation of in-house experiments with various crop targets
    • Conduct statistical analysis on experiments and provide detailed reports and presentations of data and conclusions to Supervisor, Ag Science Team and larger Heliae community.
    • Ensure proper set up and maintenance of on-site facilities
    • Coordinate experimental timelines with team management
    • Participate in the overall planning of Heliae’s Agroscience work and research.
    • Ensure that experimental data is collected, graphed and analyzed properly in Excel and other relevant statistical software such as JMP.
    • Adhere to good documentation practices while using laboratory logbooks and electronic logs on Box server.
    • Maintain and update inventory of Standard Operating Procedures
    • Perform routine maintenance and calibration of instruments and equipment to ensure quality data.
    • Maintain a clean “24-hour Audit Ready” work space at all times.
    • Comply with all job specific Standard Operating Procedures if applicable.
    May perform other duties as needed or directed by the Direct Supervisor. Qualifications:
    • MS degree in related Plant Biology field or BS with independent research experience
    • Experience with Microsoft Office and various statistical software
    Required Attributes:
    • Demonstrated experience with experimental design and statistical analysis
    • Highly organized and excellent proficiency with excel and other statistical software
    • Excellent attention to detail and ability to follow directions
    • Excellent communication and data presentation skills
    • Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative environment with minimal supervision
    • Ability to train new associates in plant-based techniques
    • Ability to work in a dynamic fast-paced environment
    • Dedication to completing tasks and adhering to a schedule
    Physical Requirements:
    • The ability to work 40 or more hours per week at Heliae’s headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona
    • The ability to work weekends and overtime when needed
    • The ability to operate a:
      • computer
      • telephone
      • fax machine/copier
    • The ability to:
      • Walk a construction site and work in a hot/humid greenhouse and outdoor environment.
      • Sit for extended periods of time (2 hours at a time, 8 hours per day).
      • Occasionally (0-33%) lift or carry up to 10 lbs.
      • Frequently (34%-66%) perform fine manipulations with hands and fingers.
      • See, hear, and speak.
    **Please, no calls from applicants or recruiters
    RESEARCH ASSOCIATE III
    Department: Systems & Project Development
    Contact: To apply please contact lwilder@heliae.com
    Updated: 03/09/18

    Basic Function: The Research Associate III is responsible for safely, effectively and efficiently executing product run plans, such as testing algae, testing products or creating products; fully following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), operating lab equipment and test stands, and keeping detailed records. The Research Associate III will work closely with engineers and scientists to understand the product run plans and execute.

    Reports to: Engineer III

    Primary Responsibilities and Duties include but are not limited to: Operate safely, adhering to all Heliae safety protocols and practices.  Additionally, help to ensure all associates operate in the same manner.
    • Effective execution of experimental test plans is a continual requirement.
    • Maintain testing apparatus, primarily raceway ponds in R&D testing greenhouse, in a high quality and effective condition at all times, working with maintenance and other associates as necessary to achieve this task.
    • Limited troubleshooting of experimental test systems and operational methods as necessary to ensure a high quality work product is delivered at all times.
    • Sustain a well ordered and accurate Heliae Laboratory Notebook, including all details, figures and drawings as necessary.
    • Follow and adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures related to experimental test stand operations, and all other policies of the Systems and Project development group.
    • Assist in development and draft new experimental test plans as necessary.
    • Organize and maintain a clean and effective working environment in the Wetlab/South warehouse, and LP greenhouse area.
    • Maintain an effective working relationship with other associates.
    Qualifications:
    • 2-5 years laboratory work experience required, with history working in biological setting preferred
    • Strong attention to detail, with ability to effectively handle changing priorities
    • Degree in an applied technology field or related technical degree (i.e. chemistry, biology, etc)
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to work individually or as part of a team environment.
    • High level of drive, with initiative to continually move forward and produce effective and tangible results
    • Ability to work with sensitive and company confidential information
    • Strong analytical skills to evaluate performance of both data and experimental test stands
    • Ability to handle chemicals after reading and understanding an Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and following appropriate Heliae safety protocol
    • High level of comfort working with basic computer programs such as excel, work, powerpoint
    • Limited amount of ‘on call’ time is required in support of key tasks for the company
    Desired Attributes:
    • Quick learner
    • Ability to focus on completing a task and not simply logging hours
    • Integrity
    • Capability to maintain positive attitude even in times of stress
    • Axenic technique preferred
    • Bacterial or Algal culturing experience
    Physical Requirements:
    • Ability to work 40 or more hours per week at Heliae’s headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona
    • Ability to operate: computer, telephone, simple laboratory equipment for analysis
    • Ability to: read and understand an MSDS, walk a construction site, travel to offsite facilities.
    • Sit for extended periods of time (2 hours at a time, 8 hours per day).
    • Stand for extended periods of time (2 hours at a time, 8 hours per day)
    • Occasionally (0-33%) lift or carry up to 50 lbs.
    • Frequently (34%-66%) perform fine manipulations with hands and fingers.
    • See, hear, and speak.
    **Please, no calls from applicants or recruiters
    SENIOR SOIL SCIENTIST
    Department: Research & Development
    Contact: To apply please contact lcarney@heliae.com
    Updated: 05/10/18

    Basic Function: The Senior Agroscience Soil Research Scientist will assist with the overall planning and implementation of Heliae’s Agroscience program aimed at developing and commercializing algae-based agricultural products. Will provide expert guidance on understanding the interactions between soil, water, plant and microalgae to enhance company position in agricultural industries worldwide. Will interact with key agricultural community members (i.e., consultants, distributors, university & Heliae researchers, seed producers, growers, etc.) to support research trials and gather pertinent information that allows sales, research and business management to make accurate decisions and recommendations for product development and advancement.

    Reports to: Director of AgScience

    Primary Responsibilities : Provide leadership in understanding the role of our products in supporting soil health and soil microbiomes. Provide technical expertise and leadership to product formulation, application testing, and experimentation designed to characterize and enhance actives in agroscience products. Provide technical farming expertise and leadership in solving problems with microalgae solutions. Provide key input to the design and implementation of field and greenhouse experiments via assessment of soil, water and regional considerations with various crop targets. Provide key information on a wide variety of crops and market needs to the product development, product testing, sales and business development teams. Monitor and amend product development trials as necessary to achieve greatest efficacy, as well as supporting regulatory and product commercialization activities and processes. Will perform other duties as required by the manager.

    Qualifications:
    • 5 - 10 years professional experience as plant and soil scientist, or related role for the development of agricultural biotechnology.
    • 5 – 10 years commercial farm/grower experience
    • Ph.D. degree in horticulture, agronomy, soil science, plant science or related field.
    • Strong track record of scientific innovation and/or product development in agro-sciences.
    • Strong verbal and analytical skills with the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management
    • Computer literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and statistical analysis software
    Required Attributes:
    • Superior knowledge of soil health, soil fertility and plant nutrition
    • Experience managing improving soil and water quality for many crops, growing systems, and climates,
    • Experience conducting field research in plant and soil fertility
    • Working knowledge of diverse crop targets, standard agricultural practices (field and controlled), existing agricultural products and their components
    • Experience with assessing soil health properties: biological, physical and chemical
    • Experience with pesticide use, growth regulators, and new agricultural technologies
    • Knowledge of ag product chemical components (e.g., phytohormones, carbohydrates, micro/macro nutrients, biologicals)
    • Ability to evaluate and recommend field trial protocols for external growers
    • Ability to interpret and draw conclusions from lab reports for fertilizer, soil, water and tissue analysis
    • Excellent data analysis, communication and data presentation skills
    • Motivated and accountable team member
    • Ability to work in a dynamic fast-paced environment
    **Please, no calls from applicants or recruiters
    ANALYTICAL CHEMIST
    Department: Operations (Laboratory)
    Contact: To apply please contact lwilder@heliae.com
    Updated: 03/20/18

    Basic Function: Perform a variety of analytical methods in support of production and R&D. Maintain analytical instruments, notebooks, and records as needed for analyses and data management. Document lab results and prepare analysis reports. Maintain a clean, organized, safe and efficient laboratory environment.

    Reports to: Laboratory Manager

    Primary Responsibilities :
    • Comply with all Standard Operating Procedures
    • Independently conduct quantitative analyses
    • Prepare samples for analysis by performing extractions, digestions and other techniques
    • Operate, troubleshoot and maintain analytical equipment and instrumentation including ICP-OES, UV-Vis, GC, HPLC, Combustion analyzer
    • Utilize good documentation practices to maintain accurate logbooks and records
    • Analyze data, compile properly documented data packages and utilize spreadsheets/databases to report laboratory results
    • Perform second level review of peer’s data
    • Develop and validate new analytical methods
    • Perform periodic review and updating of SOPs and create new SOPs.
    • Train new analysts, monitor their work and give feedback on performance
    • Adhere, maintain and promote a safe work environment
    • Ensure the laboratory is clean, organized and is “24-hour Audit Ready”
    • Monitor quantities of chemicals and supplies and create purchase requisitions when additional materials are needed
    • Communicate with the supervisor or manager about bench level needs, personnel or quality issues
    May perform other duties as needed or directed by the Laboratory Supervisor or Laboratory Manager Qualifications:
    • Science related Bachelor’s Degree
    • Minimum 2 years of experience in an analytical laboratory including at least one year of experience running a GC, HPLC or ICP.
    • Experience performing extractions, digestions and preparing samples for instrumental analysis
    • Practical knowledge of ChemStation or other instrument data acquisition/analysis software
    • Experience with Microsoft Office including Word, Outlook and Excel
    • Ability to work well in a team environment with minimal supervision
    • Excellent communication skills – both written and oral
    Desired Attributes:
    • Ability to exercise effective time management skills in completion of assignments
    • Demonstrate ability to handle multiple projects and meet customer deadlines
    • Ability to effectively participate in interdisciplinary teams
    • Due to the highly collaborative nature of this position good interpersonal and communication skills are extremely important
    • A comfort level with a fast-paced, changing environment
    • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
    Physical Requirements:
    • The ability to work 40 or more hours per week at Heliae’s headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona
    • The ability to operate a:
      • computer
      • telephone
      • fax machine/copier
    • The ability to:
      • Walk a construction site.
      • Sit for extended periods of time (2 hours at a time, 8-10 hours per day).
      • Occasionally (0-33%) lift or carry up to 50 lbs and handle compressed gas cylinders.
      • Frequently (34%-66%) perform fine manipulations with hands and fingers.
      • See, hear, and speak.
    **Please, no calls from applicants or recruiters
    FIELD OPERATOR
    Department: Operations
    Contact: To apply please contact lwilder@heliae.com
    Updated: 05/04/18

    Basic Function: Performs daily tasks to support the production and processing of algae on site, and comply with all Heliae's safety standards

    Reports to: Shift Lead

    Primary Responsibilities :
    1. Sampling
    • Obtain samples site-wide for analysis
    • Calibrate lab and field probes to ensure proper function
    • Measure pH, temperature of algal reactors
    • Qualitative and quantitative monitoring of algal cultivation systems
    2. Data Entry
  • Input all necessary data values regarding various field duties
  • Maintain a log of activities in the field
  • Submit samples for analysis

    3. Field Operator Duties
  • Harvest, clean, and fill algae reactors
  • Adjust control points to reach targeted set points
  • Assist in daily algae growth and processing areas
  • Process and package final algae products
  • Ship product to customers
  • Complete daily tasks efficiently and in a timely manner
  • Learn normal operations and be able to report any variances
  • Maintain a safe site
  • Employ technical understanding to perceive and solve problems and propose potential process improvements

    4. Housekeeping
  • Maintain "24-hour Audit Ready" cleanliness of all Production areas
  • Take proper steps to ensure contamination minimized
  • Maintain organization and cleanliness of all Production areas

    5. Performs other duties as needed or directed by supervisor.

    Qualifications:
    • High School
    • Background in Construction, Manufacturing or Biology preferred
    • Experience with Microsoft Office including:
      • Microsoft Word
      • Microsoft Excel

    • Desired Attributes:
      • Motivation
      • Willingness to learn and be flexible
      • Ability to work in a dynamic environment
      • Responsibility
      • Integrity
      • Relentless Pursuit

      Physical Requirements:
      • The ability to work 40 or more hours per week at Heliae's headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona in a rotating shift environment
      • The ability to operate:
        • a computer
        • a telephone
        • a fax machine/copier
        • forklift
        • process equipment
      • The ability to:
        • Walk and work in an outdoor construction site.
        • Sit or stand for extended periods of time (2 hours at a time, 8 hours per day).
        • Occasionally (0-33%) lift or carry up to 50lbs.
        • Frequently (34-66%) perform fine manipulations with hands and fingers.
      **Please, no calls from applicants or recruiters
  • TERRITORY SALES MANAGER, CALIFORNIA
    Department: Sales & Marketing

    Contact: To apply please contact lwilder@heliae.com

    Updated: 03/22/18
    We have an immediate opening for an experienced Territory Sales Manager located in Southern California, in either San Diego or Coachella.
    • The right candidate will have worked successfully in the crop ag segment and demonstrate an existing customer base with a proven sales record. Must have experience with biological distributor sales.
    • We are looking for a leader who can work independently to deliver results and successfully be part of a team from a remote sales location.
    • In addition, the successful candidate will feel comfortable selling to both growers and to agricultural input distributors.
    • Must have a Bachelor’s degree and possess strong written communication, oral communication and computer skills.
    • Company will provide a competitive salary and robust benefit plan including auto allowance.
    Reports to: VP of Sales & Marketing

    **Please, no calls from applicants or recruiters