Hazel Technologies Inc., founded in 2015, is a USDA-funded company that develops new technologies to improve the quality and and extend the shelf life of fresh produce throughout the global supply chain. The early-stage agricultural technology company based in Chicago is on a mission to reduce food waste. Shippers, growers, and retailers are constantly on the lookout for new ways to ship food further, enter new markets, extend the growing season, and have less food rejected at retail. The products of Hazel Technologies meet these needs by adding significant and measurable value throughout our customers' food supply chains.
Attention: This position will require you to be either located in Chicago, IL, or willing to travel to our Chicago headquarters on a regular basis. We are open to U.S. based candidates coming from anywhere to relocate. For this position, we offer a relocation package.
About The Role
We are currently seeking an experienced Research Manager of Horticulture to join our mission-driven, enthusiastic team in order to manage and maintain our Agronomy staff. The ideal candidate will have 4+ years of agronomy and/or horticulture experience and will be ready to lead this job with energy, knowledge, skill, and a no-task-too-small attitude.
This role will report to the Vice President of Research and Development and work cross-functionally with the entire team as well as key stakeholders in the Business Development, Sales, Regulatory, and Legal departments.
Coordination and project management for laboratory, customer, and trial projects involving selected fruits, vegetables, or other commodities of interest.
Agricultural trial design and teaching postharvest personnel.
Manage customer technical support activities.
Coordinate trials and new product rollouts where postharvest interfaces with customers.
Interact closely with Hazel's Business Development, Sales, Regulatory, Legal, and other key departments.
Build on and enhance Hazel’s research management process (improving data and research management).
Interact with customers to provide support or to facilitate field trials of products.
Maintain a safe laboratory work environment in the Hazel facility and when conducting on-site work.
Extensive experimental expertise in the agricultural or horticultural sciences.
4-6 years of relevant experience.
MS or PhD in technical studies.
2-4 years of managing a team in an industry context.
Plant Pathology experience (preferred but not required).
Produce farm work experience (preferred but not required).
Spanish language ability (preferred but not required).
Has previously interacted with PRIA and FIFRA-associated regulations (preferred but not required).
You'll Love Working at Hazel Because
We've come to transform the food system. You'll be able to make a big contribution to our work at the nexus of technology, farming, and the global food industry - and we're only getting started.
Our team is motivated by a set of shared values. These keep us on track and remind us how to be present every day in the midst of change and ambiguity. Collaboration, respect, positivity, and humility are all valued, whether in the office, at home, or on the fields, and we strive to empower individuals at every stage.
Benefits and perks, of course!
Equal Opportunity Employer
Hazel Technologies is an equal opportunity employer. At Hazel, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products, and our community. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
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