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Senior R&D Scientist

Hazel Technologies

Hazel Technologies

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2024

About Hazel

Hazel Technologies Inc., founded in 2015, is a USDA-funded company that develops new technologies to improve the quality 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.

Job Description:

The Senior Innovation Scientist will focus on bringing new technologies to life through co-creation with partners, creation of functional industrial prototypes and working with early adopter customers to validate these prototypes. Deliverables are prototypes with increasing maturity level.


  • Independently develop new ideas for enhancing existing products.
  • Independently develop new ideas for generating new products.
  • Deep knowledge of product development from the perspective of their knowledge base.
  • Established history of cross-disciplinary work with tangible output (could be papers, patents, products)
  • Excellent scientific communication skills defined by an understanding of how to deliver a hypothesis-driven scientific narrative.
  • Designs robust and considered experimental plans that generate significant learning with considered use of resources.
  • Driven individual contributor who is passionate about technical leadership of projects, as demonstrated by successfully leading technical components of projects to deliver new products and product lifecycle enhancements.
  • Able to successfully mentor other individual contributors to enhance the quality of their work output and help them mature as individual contributors.
  • Actively seeks out understanding of product applications and customer needs by traveling to the field and interviewing stakeholders (internal and external) about their technological needs.
  • Work is almost always accepted without additional edits.
  • Generates new ideas for products and product improvements that contribute meaningfully to company intellectual property (algorithms, trade secret, proprietary data, and patents).
  • Acts as a technical information conduit within the organization, communicating frequently with other teams to address and understand problems.


  • Significant, direct work experience engaging with industrial and commercial questions (5+ years), particularly in a multidisciplinary work environment.
  • PhD. Required in a field such as (in a non-limiting fashion) Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Materials Science, and Plant Biology.
  • Significant history of peer-reviewed publication (patents and papers) in their chosen field.
  • Ability to move items up to 30lbs around the office.

Expected Salary Range: $130,000-$160,000 annually, plus the ability to participate in Hazel’s medical, dental, vision, 401k program (with Company match), generous paid time off, complimentary membership to the gym at the Company’s Chicago headquarters, a partial work-from-home stipend, and participation in the Company’s social events and happy hours.

The range above is a good faith estimate of the base salary we expect to offer for this position. The actual salary offered may differ based upon the skills, qualifications, and experience of any particular candidate.


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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.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at careers@hazeltechnologies.com