Carbon Harvest Energy

Carbon Harvest Energy Seeks Senior Algae Culture Biologist

Carbon Harvest Energy LLC is a developer of integrated renewable energy and food production systems. We produce energy to the grid and recover waste heat from our energy systems to fuel greenhouse-based agriculture, aquaculture and algae culture. Carbon Harvest’s™ “closed loop” systems strive to transform all waste streams and excess nutrients into electricity, heat, food and feedstocks. Carbon Harvest’s innovative systems demonstrate a more sustainable approach to year-round, local food and feed production in the North by eliminating the need for fossil fuel inputs and reducing methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Algae culture is an important component of Carbon Harvest’s linked systems. We are currently working with researchers in sustainability science and aquaculture at Dartmouth College to investigate the most efficient integration of microalgae culture into Tilapia aquaculture. This research focuses on using microalgae to help recycle nutrients in our systems, as a high omega-3 fatty acid and protein addition to fish feed, and to improve fish health and nutritional value. We are also working with the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School to investigate some of the processes related to cultivating microalgae using combustion exhaust products, as well as the possibility of using this biomass as a biofuels feedstock, resulting in the efficient reuse of nutrients from our fish production as well as sequestration of carbon dioxide from power plant combustion byproducts

Our company is growing rapidly, with projects in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. We seek an experienced Senior Algae Culture Biologist to lead these research and development efforts, and oversee the field-testing of outdoor growth of microalgae in our Brattleboro, Vermont, Lebanon, New Hampshire and other locations in the region.


Advanced degree in Plant Biology, Phycology, Microbiology, Aquatic Ecology, or related field; experience managing R&D programs; experience collaborating with engineers on production system design; practical experience in large-scale algae production and an understanding of biology and engineering fundamentals for algae culture as it applies to commercial recirculating aquaculture; experience in project management and small group leadership. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States, and fluent in written and spoken English. Candidates are highly self-motivated, can work independently and efficiently in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment and integrate well with a small, closely collaborating team.


Participate directly in algae culture system design, start-up and operations; manage biology technicians and other personnel in culture operations and maintenance; design and conduct sound scientific experimental protocols; perform in-lab analyses; provide sound data assessment and result reports; support general facility and equipment maintenance.

Compensation: $55,000 – $70,000/yr, dependent upon experience and skills; generous benefits package.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and name, address and email of three references as one PDF document to and reference Senior Algae Culture Biologist in the subject line. Also indicate time frame of availability in cover letter. Deadline for applications is September 5, 2011. Only applications providing all requested information will be considered.

No phone calls please. Carbon Harvest Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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