Pilot Production Technician (Part-time)

Chicago, IL
Did you know that over 30% of fresh produce grown in the world goes to waste and never reaches consumers?

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.

Job Description:

Hazel Technologies is searching for a skilled pilot production technician to join its growing team.  This person will do daily evaluations of finished products to ensure strict adherence to specifications regarding product safety and quality. Duties will include conducting routine quality control sample preparation, quality control runs, equipment maintenance, and laboratory cleaning and organization. The pilot production technician will work no more than 30 hours per week on a temporary basis. There is the possibility for this role to become full-time position.


  • Operate and monitor production line(s) to ensure efficiency
  • Remove or shift materials and/or finished products to facilitate proper flow
  • Perform tests and use special equipment to ensure package and product quality
  • Operate all manufacturing equipment efficiently and safely
  • Conduct routine quality control sample preparation and runs
  • Clean laboratory during and after shift
  • Maintain laboratory equipment
  • Follow process guidelines and expedite quality concerns to Engineering Manager or Laboratory Manager
  • Keep detailed records of all performed tests and runs


  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or chemical engineering, or 5+ years of experience in lieu of a bachelor’s degree
  • 1-2 years of experience in a laboratory environment handling hazardous materials
  • Experience with Gas Chromatography
  • Willingness to do manual and repetitive work
  • Ability to accurately perform basic math computations
  • Ability to enter data into reporting system.
  • Very good at performing accurate checks and maintained accurate records
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Approachable and team-oriented, creating a positive work environment
  • Combined prior experience in manufacturing, quality control and on the job training.
  • Willingness to occasionally run high-priority errands for technical team (picking up materials from suppliers or fruit from the market).


  • Some familiarity with QC/QA terms and operations to ISO 9000 Standards
  • Access to a car and a valid driver’s license
  • Liquid chromatography experience (HPLC)
  • Experience with any of the following technical methods
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis
  • BET analysis
  • UV-vis spectroscopy
  • Additional biochemical or analytical methods
  • Food technology or agriculture-based experience in any capacity


Send email to careers@hazeltechnologies.com 

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Haze 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 100 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 is on track to be used with over 3.2 billion pounds of fresh produce, preventing more than 270 million pounds from going to waste. For more information, visit www.hazeltechnologies.com.