Lead Grower, OpenAg
?Job Description?The MIT Media Lab Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg) is on a mission to create healthier, mor engaging, and more inventive future food systems. We believe the precursor to a healthier and more sustainable food system will be the creation of an open-source ecosystem of food technologies that enable and promote transparency, networked experimentation, education, and hyper-local production. OpenAg is developing an open source “food tech? research collective for the creation of the global agricultural hardware, software, and data commons.The Lead Grower will assist with operations of OpenAg?s new Food Server facility (Middleton, MA), leading plant propagation and data collection of four cutting-edge shipping container ?farms.? The successful candidate will thrive in a collaborative environment while developing and iterating on novel indoor food production technology and experimentation. This person will work with an interdisciplinary team to ensure superb seed-to- harvest plant propagation and high-quality data collection of plant health and flavor metrics.This is a one-year- appointment with the possibility of extension based on funding and research priorities.?Responsibilities?Design, operate, and iterate experimental design and protocolOversee and ensure exceptional plant propagation, seed germination, and harvest turnover of food server cropsApply controlled environment agriculture technical expertise to maintain, develop, and repair advanced hydroponic farm systemAssist with the interface design and backend architecture of food server databaseAssist with food server experiment design, tuning shipping containers? controlled environmental variables to influence crop yield, health, and flavorPair with computer vision and machine learning team to iterate on experimentation and data collection processesOther duties as assigned.?Qualifications?Required:Bachelor?s or Master?s degree in plant science, environmental engineering, or similar technical field;Superlative experience with the engineering and operation of closed environment agriculture systems, hydroponics and aeroponics preferred;Strong experience with large-volume plant data collection, database design and managementExperience with formal plant science research, including protocol design, implementation, and high-quality data collection of plant metrics through tissue collection and other formal sampling methodsStrong experience with statistics (R, Matlab, etc.);Grasp of open-source hardware and software, including Raspberry Pi and Arduino platformsGrasp of machine learning techniques. (scikit-learn);Ability to work independently;Must be able to work a varying schedule with some evening and weekend hours required during key experiment stages;Able to travel and work between Middleton, MA site and MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MADemonstrated commitment to diversity and serving diverse constituents;Effective communication and teamwork skills;Preferred:Previous experience as controlled environment agriculture project lead?Those who are interested should submit a resume and cover letter referencing job no. 14371 by clicking apply,?keyword is Media Laboratory.Apply for this job.