Upward Farms designs and operates complete ecosystems of plants and fish in vertical farms, supplying these organic products to local grocers. We are currently expanding, opening a new cutting-edge, fully automated facility in Brooklyn. More and larger farms are in the works. Our mission is to heal the broken food system and reconnect eaters with flavorful and nutritious local food.
Plant imaging at Upward Farms serves three aims: crop scouting, trait characterization, and quality control. Crop scouting is focused on detecting plant disease, stress, and pests. Trait characterization is focused on identifying phenotypes, biomass, and forecasted yield. Quality control is focused on creating crop quality checkpoints after germination and prior to harvest.
We are seeking an experienced imaging scientist who provides vision and technical leadership on research and engineering questions spanning the entire plant imaging pipeline from camera hardware and automation to image analysis and phenotyping. The ideal candidate will own all aspects of plant imaging at Upward Farms, from image processing to biomass estimation to phenotyping. In this role, you will join the Agriculture and Manufacturing R&D (AMRD) team and collaborate with colleagues from Software & Electronics and Engineering. As a member of AMRD, you will pursue science and technology-enabled solutions for ecological production systems so that Upward Farms can advance crop, ecology, and manufacturing outcomes.
Your objective is to conceptualize, specify, develop, and build systems for imaging and image analysis that advance our team’s work to harness the power of whole ecosystems for food production. Success in this role will be measured through the delivery of research-enabled solutions in the areas of crop scouting, trait characterization, and quality control that improve commercial outcomes (yield, consistency, cost, customer satisfaction, etc.).
You are encouraged to build bridges, do what it takes to solve the right problems, and co-create our design and research culture. This is a brand new role on our team and comes with the opportunity and flexibility to shape it to make it your own.
Preferred Skills + Experience
We offer a dynamic work environment and benefits that include:
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our needs are unique and varied so we value colleagues with diverse backgrounds. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and/or protected veteran status.