Analytical Scientist

Chicago, IL
This Chicago-based early-stage agricultural technology company is on a mission to reduce food waste.

Founded in 2015, Hazel Technologies, Inc. is a USDA-funded company that develops new technologies to extend the quality and shelf-life of fresh produce in the global supply chain. The Chicago-based early-stage agricultural technology company is on a mission to reduce food waste. Shippers, growers, and retailers are always looking for new ways to ship food further, enter new markets, extend the growing season, and have less food rejected at the retail level. Hazel Technologies’ products address these needs by adding significant and measurable value throughout our customer’s food supply chains.

Hazel Technologies is searching for a self-motivated and experienced scientist to develop and implement new analytical methods to support research goals, design analytical methods for new products, contribute to product testing and development of Hazel’s products, and oversee quality control for early-stage products.

Position Description:  

The Analytical Scientist will report directly to the Chemistry Group Leader and be based at the Hazel Technologies Chicago Office. Candidates must be inquisitive and action-driven and not afraid to roll up their sleeves and pitch in. This is a role in the lab doing science! Experience with gas chromatography, good laboratory practices, and product development are essential.


  • Develop analytical methods to support R&D with a heavy focus on gas chromatography (GC).
  • Invent novel analytical processes to support our innovative product lines
  • Analysis of complex, multivariable experiment results using design of experiment (DOE) principals
  • Support upkeep and troubleshooting of key analytical equipment at the Hazel Technologies new Chicago Facility
  • Support regulatory compliance activities
  • Maintain ISO9000-compatible record-keeping
  • Continuous improvement of Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) of new products
  • Work closely with teammates of many backgrounds to maintain a productive and creative work environment


  • Three to five years of professional experience in analytical chemistry in an industry setting
  • Master’s degree or PhD in analytical chemistry or relevant discipline
  • Experience in wet lab with skills including extraction, dilution, digestion, and volumetric glassware.
  • Minimum one year of experience with building/developing new Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) methods (experience with essential oils strongly preferred)
  • Substantial industrial or professional Gas Chromatography (GC) experience, past roles with a deep GC focus, experience both developing methods for GC and repairing GC
  • Extensive analytical method development experience
  • Demonstrated professional attitude and team-centered approach to getting things done


  • Experience in product development projects
  • Three years of experience with building/developing new Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) methods (experience with essential oils strongly preferred)
  • Spectroscopy/Spectrometry experience outside ofMS
  • Significant experience in HPLC, TGA, BET, DSC is beneficial
  • Extensive instrument maintenance experience
  • Experience in GMP, GLP, or GEP work environments
  • Experience in the Agricultural sciences or in the analysis of Agricultural Technology products
  • Record of granted patents or publications
  • Bulk material or polymer analysis techniques knowledge


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Equal Opportunity Employer

Hazel Technologies is an equal opportunity employer, committed to our diversity and inclusiveness. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, nationality, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age. We strongly encourage women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, people with disabilities and veterans to apply.

About Hazel Technologies, Inc.: Hazel Technologies is a USDA-funded startup company that develops new solutions to extend the quality shelf life of fresh produce and reduce food waste. Founded in 2015, Hazel Tech® services over 150 of the world's largest fresh produce packers, shippers, and retailers. Selected as a Finalist for Fast Company's 2020 World Changing Ideas and winner of "Best Sustainable Packaging" at the 2020 World Food Innovation Awards, the company's patent-pending technologies have been tested by top academic research programs including UC Davis, Cornell University, and Oregon State University. In 2020, Hazel treated over 3.2 billion pounds of fresh produce, preventing more than 270 million pounds from going to waste. For more information, visit