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The world needs our help. By 2050, there will be 9 billion people on the planet with less arable land than ever before. We need a solution to cultivate more using less and define the future of farming for generations to come. In 2004, AeroFarms began transforming agriculture with humans and our planet at the forefront.

In 2021, with 20+ current patents, 60+ pending patents, and 200+ invention disclosures, AeroFarms agriculture technology continues to grow unprecedented sustainable products, delivering elevated flavor, taste, experience, quality, access, and unmatched nutrition to you.

Here’s how we’re growing the best plants possible for the betterment of humanity:

  • Researching and understanding plants to be better, more intuitive farmers
  • Elevating local communities by increasing access to nutritious, high-quality, consistent, and safe products in a way that’s better for you and the planet
  • Protecting and sustaining our environment for future generations
  • Pioneering consistent, and scalable indoor vertical farming food safety & traceability practices, and manufacturing standards
  • Investing in our AeroFarms humans and fostering our diverse company culture of inclusion, equity, excellence, teachability and curiosity]

As AeroFarms approaches our next phase of explosive growth, we seek out creative, motivated humans who will join us in disrupting industry standards and lead the way in vertical farming, artificial intelligence, and plant biology breakthroughs to solve, and tackle global issues.

If a team of 200+ intellectually curious and caring humans, expansive global operations, and our change-the-world mission resonates with you, apply today:

Grower – Research & Development (R&D)

Job Description 

In this role, you will join an experienced team of scientists and will work cross-functionally to ensure the success of long-range goals and strategies. The successful candidate will have experience growing plants in a research, pilot, and production environment. You may also have education in plant biology or a related field. The ideal candidate will be passionate about horticulture and will share our values around the highest experimental. They will be energetic, forward-thinking, and creative individual with high standards and good judgment. In addition, our organization values individuals who can lead by example and keep focus in a team-centered environment.


  • Work collaboratively with a team of Senior Scientists conducting experiments to improve growing systems and to characterize plant responses in controlled environments
  • Serve as a subject matter expert to project tactical teams
  • Provide input on experimental design and growing equipment requirements
  • Report findings internally in a collaborative environment
  • Manage and maintain analytical equipment and growing systems
  • Remain up to date on the latest developments in indoor agriculture
  • Work collaboratively with research assistants and technicians to achieve project goals

You have:

  • BS and/or MS degree in Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Plant Physiology or a closely related discipline, or a combination of education and experience
  • Experience working in horticulture, plant science, or agronomy research (student research counts as experience)
  • A demonstrated knowledge and experience with operating controlled environment agriculture systems
  • Experience with the characterization of plants, including imaging, phenotyping, chemical analysis, and/or objective measurements of taste and texture
  • Knowledge of plant growth, disease prevention, and pest remediation, and IPM principles
  • Experience working with engineers or software developers on prototyping equipment/tools
  • Experience growing small fruit crops such as berries and leafy greens
  • Experience with food safety and HACCP protocols
  • Aptitude with statistical analysis software and/or programming
  • A great story around your unique calling to feed the world

COVID 19 / Return to Work

AeroFarms strongly encourages vaccination to protect against COVID-19 but do not currently mandate that vaccination is required. The Growing team as part of our R&D Group is 100% in person (due to the nature of the work caring for the plants in our R&D Facility in Newark NJ).

Personal Attributes

  • Collaboration – we know we cannot fix the world’s problems as an individual, we have to work together as a team to make that happen. Teamwork is how we get there!
  • Communication – we are a small company (in relative terms – 200 employees), we work well together because we communicate well with each other. You must demonstrate why our mission is important to you: everyone who works at AeroFarms has a strong link to the mission: we want to hear why it means something to you!
  • Agility – What we do has never been done before: we are an innovation company, there is no right or wrong way to do things, we constantly develop how we operate, we can always elevate what we are doing and never claim to have it right.
  • Accountability – we don’t micromanage, we hire individuals who know what they need to do and can do so with minimal direction and take ownership of their projects and deadlines.
  • Respect – We are already starting our journey scaling around the world: we want our team to represent every kind of individual out on planet earth and we need to respect different people, different ideas, different cultures etc. We can learn so much from each other, but respect is key
  • Empowerment – we provide an environment for growth and development: we need your help to develop our business, we will help you develop in your career, and sky is the limit given our growth plans!!

*Please note that AeroFarms does not work with any external staffing/recruitment vendors. Any unsolicited resumes shared with the AeroFarms team will be considered property of AeroFarms and no recruitment fees of any kind will be paid or owed unless an existing recruitment agreement exists alongside with specific engagement for the role in question.

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  • Company Address 212 Rome St, Newark, NJ 07105, USA
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