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Research Associate, Controlled Environment Agriculture

Elo Life Systems
Raleigh, North Carolina, US
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Jan 29, 2022

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Conservation science
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Job Title: Research Associate I, II, III or Senior Research Associate

Functional Title: Research Associate, Controlled Environment Agriculture

Team: Elo Life Systems

Reports To: Director, Scientific Operations

Classification: Exempt

About Elo

Elo Life Systems is a team of dynamic individuals dedicated to making products that improve the health of the planet and of our fellow inhabitants. We believe that the ability to supply our world with adequate quantities of nutritious and healthy food is fundamental to the survival of humanity. Our team of creative minds is dedicated to improving human health and wellness through food by working across the value chain, integrating technologies, and enabling resilient and sustainable food production systems. We make tasty food healthy and healthy food tasty!

About the Role

The Research Associate, Controlled Environment Agriculture is a key member of the Controlled Environment Agriculture team, responsible for identification, optimization and deployment of novel tools, technologies, and assays as they relate to research and product line production, tracking and testing. This role will not only be involved in internal technology and product development programs but will also support partnered activities consistent with the company's business goals to fulfil its mission to improving human health and wellness through food.

Core Duties and Responsibilities
  • Embodies Elo's spirit of impactful innovation in multiple crops using a systems-level approach to deliver meaningful products to the market
  • Assists with planting, transplanting, watering, pesticide application, fertilizing, measuring, pollinating, tissue sampling and seed collection of diverse crop species
  • Maintains tightly-controlled and reliable environmental conditions and produces rigorously reproducible plant material to support internal and external project activities
  • Acts as superuser and ensures proper organization and use of controlled environment equipment, consumables and facilities including proper seed storage and germplasm ELN documentation, as needed, under the supervision of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Manager
  • Represents Elo in professional forums and conferences; delivers technical presentations internally or at technical meetings as requested by the company
  • Demonstrates accountability, responsibility, and integrity in every aspect of professional life at Elo, while upholding Company values

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. This list contains the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform role-related duties other than those contained in this document.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (B.S.) or higher in horticulture or a related discipline (or Associate Degree with at least 5 years of experience)
  • Documented expertise in plant production within controlled environments, including greenhouses and growth chambers

Language Ability
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.

Math Ability
  • Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations.
  • Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis.

Reasoning Ability
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills

· To perform this job successfully, an individual should have expert knowledge of Microsoft Office products.

Travel Requirements
  • Little or no travel is required for this position
  • On occasion, the Research Associate will be expected to travel to conferences, workshops and or business meetings as needed.


· This position is located at Elo Life Systems, 3054 East Cornwallis Road in Durham, NC 27709. Physical presence at Elo is required for the Scientist to be most effective at his/her job.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The physical activity of this position. (Please check all that apply)
  • Climbing. Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.
  • Balancing. Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling and walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. This factor is important if the amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
  • Stooping. Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Kneeling. Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Crouching. Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Crawling. Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Standing. Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Walking. Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Pushing. Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Pulling. Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Lifting. Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Fingering. Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Feeling. Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Talking. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing. Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.
  • Repetitive motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

The physical requirements of this position.

· Light work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception, and field vision. (Please check only one)

· The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.

Work Environment

The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position. (Please check all that apply)

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee could potentially encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.

· None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work.)
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