Director of Spectroscopy

Marlborough, MA
Laboratory /
Full Time /
About The Company

At Edacious, we believe food should be plentiful AND nutritious. As the impacts of yield-obsessed food production on human and environmental health become clear, the ability to measure nutrition as easily as we measure yield becomes critical. Why? The most nutritious food is also the most flavorful and sustainable. Our mission is nutritional transparency, and our vision is to shift the food system so it may better serve consumers, producers, and our planet.

We are chemists, designers, engineers, and systems-thinkers. We create novel hardware, software, and analysis tools for producers to understand the factors that produce more nutritious food and for buyers to know the nutritional quality of the food they buy. We are looking for teammates who are passionate about food, the food system, and human or environmental health.

Edacious is seeking a highly skilled, experienced, motivated spectroscopist with a strong understanding and background in optical, fluorescence, and/or laser light scattering / vibrational spectroscopy with the ability to coordinate a team to build novel multi-modal, high-throughput systems & models that measure food biochemical and nutritional properties. You will lead the company’s efforts to develop spectroscopic systems and the collaborations with chemometricians/data scientists. You'll need a background in physics and biochemistry to be successful in this role.

Your day-to-day mission will involve:

    • Setting the vision and direction for our optical spectroscopy program including planning, operations, and execution. 
    • Integration of various spectroscopic technologies into a cohesive and optimized framework for food quality analysis. 
    • Manage operations related to spectroscopic analysis, set up SOPs for improved and efficient acquisitions, and develop the framework for reporting and growth.
    • Oversee collaboration and timelines with various chemometric consultants for model development and integration. 
    • Set research and experiment priorities with respect to novel modalities and technologies for incorporation into spectroscopy platform. 
    • Manage, organize, and report the activities and outcomes to Edacious leadership. 
    • Coordinate with the lab team & project manager on all required analysis and timelines.

The candidate should have:

    • A PhD in physics and/or photonics and/or vibrational spectroscopy and/or optical engineering, and biochemistry, or food science, or organic chemistry with 4+ years spectroscopy experience; or an MSc in the same fields with 10+ years of spectroscopy experience.
    • Theoretical and practical knowledge of optical physics and/or illumination engineering, and its application to food matrices.
    • Advanced knowledge of optics and lasers.
    • Experience in developing calibration methods, collecting data, and coordinating model building, testing and deployment of spectroscopic models. Some knowledge of food science or biochemistry.
    • Demonstrated team leadership and mentoring skills.
    • Initiative, drive and passion to stay current and push boundaries in the fields of spectroscopy and interferometry particularly as they applied to food or other biological samples.
    • Effective and well honed written and verbal communication skills as well as strong presentation and organizational skills.

Nice to haves:

    • A strong interest and knowledge into the application of AI-ML to spectral data and chemometrics.
    • Thoughts on the application of multi-modal approaches to spectroscopy to produce deeper and fuller analyses.
$165,000 - $220,000 a year
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.  Equity ranges from 0.25-1.5% based on experience. Benefits include a very strong health care package including health, dental, and vision. The company also provides a matched 401k and a flexible vacation policy.

Job is based in Marlborough, MA and it is expected that you will be present four to five (4 to 5) days per week at the laboratory.  Candidates will need a driver's license and must undergo a background check. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. This job requires a permanent work visa for employment in the U.S.
Please include a cover letter with your application on this platform. Candidates that do not take the time to write a cover letter will not be considered.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity is the foundation of life and has created this beautiful world we live in. Just as nature has shown us the importance of diversity in biology, it is critical to build this diversity into our social structures. To the extent that we can build communities and teams that work in symbiotic and constructive ways, contributing to greater levels of productivity and resilience, the more successful we will be. We wish to attract diverse individuals in experience, perspective, and culture. Our company must represent the broader global food system if we are to be successful in this endeavor and so we seek to recruit and build teams that represent the beautiful diversity of people and life present on this planet.