Process Engineer

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.  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 increasing the shelf-life and durability of produce in the supply chain, so more people get better food.

Hazel Technologies is searching for a self-motivated and detail-orientated chemist or chemical engineer to support, build out, and operate pilot scale reactors in our new facility. The Process Engineer will be a critical part of the chemistry R&D group. The person must be action-driven and independent.

Position Description:  

The Process Engineer will report directly to the Chemistry Group Leader. This person is expected to make tangible improvements to future Hazel production processes using their knowledge of reactor design, kinetics, flow dynamics, and experiment design.


Responsibilities:

  • Lead installation and maintenance of pilot scale reactors
  • Synthesize chemicals to be used for R&D testing
  • Support continuous improvement of reactor design and synthesis to improve chemical purity, yield, and reduce cost.
  • Function as part of team, providing chemical engineering support for multiple projects.
  • Assist in design of complex experimental apparatus for product testing both in the lab and in the field.
  • Contribute to a safe and productive work environment with a proactive, team-focused attitude and adherence to laboratory safety     principles

Requisite Skills:

  • One to three years of professional experience in chemistry lab, preferably in an industrial setting
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering. Masters preferred.
  • Experience in agrichemicals, specialty chemicals, gaseous phase reactions/chemistry
  • Hands-on skills with bench chemistry and synthetic chemistry methods (e.g. TLC, Column Chromatography, Extractions, Crystallization)
  • Proficiency in written and verbal communication in chemistry and chemistry-related subjects.
  • Demonstrated self-motivation and ability to work independently.
  • Desire to develop within the R&D function of a company and contribute to short and long-term R&D goals

Preferred Skills:

  • Fluency in gas chromatography, materials characterization methods, polymer science, and SOP development are essential
  • Experience in the Agricultural sciences or in the analysis of Agricultural Technology products
  • Six-sigma certification or experience (optimization based on statistical analysis and DOEs)
  • Ability to participate in field work
  • Some mechanical acumen (e.g., experience withCAD programs or build things in a machine shop)
  • Creative thinking and ability to apply knowledge and skills to problem solving


HOW TO APPLY:

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 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 treated 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.