Research Associate II, Lab and Field trials

Based in Oakland, CA, USA

Eion is a carbon removal company. We work with farmers, ranchers, and existing agriculture systems to safely and permanently remove carbon from the atmosphere at scale using enhanced rock weathering (ERW). Eion accelerates the weathering cycle by crushing up silicate minerals. We then work with the existing agricultural system to transport and apply this crushed minerals to working lands. Once applied, nature takes over. Rain and soil acidity enable the silicate mineral to remove the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and ultimately transport it to the ocean, where it will be stored for roughly 500,000 years.


Role Overview

As our Research Associate for Lab and Field trials, your role will include the planning, organization, and implementation of lab experiments at the Oakland location and field trials for a variety of crops and agroecosystems, primarily in the Mid South and Midwest US. Previous experience in performing lab experiments and managing and executing field trials, along with analysis of field data, will have prepared you for joining Eion in this capacity. You will interact closely with external partners (e.g. farming coops) who implement some of our field trials, as well as external labs who perform our analyses.  


This role will report to our Senior Staff Scientist within the Technology & Innovation Team. 


  • Design, manage and execute suite of research field trials
  • Coordinate all aspects of field trials with our external partners
  • Perform lab experiments (dissolution experiments of different mineral feedstocks and soil column experiments)
  • Take a lead role in developing, establishing, and maintaining the quality of research field trials and lab experiments
  • Lead drafting standard operating procedures, reports and other required documentation as needed
  • Collect, analyze and summarize quality trends and data, compile information into reports, and proactively identify, prioritize, communicate and resolve quality issues for continuous improvement
  • Travel domestically (<20% time) to conduct fieldwork and collaborate with external partners (e.g. site visits, field surveys, collection of various types of environmental samples)
  • Handle soil and plant sample logistics (including communication with third party soil testing labs, sample processing at the Oakland location, and shipping samples to external labs)
  • Improve our plant and soil sample processing pipeline by establishing and advancing collaborations with third party soil testing labs 
  • Collaborate closely with the Science team on data analysis and contribute to peer-reviewed publications on field trials 
  • Contribute to building a robust and scalable system for the management and execution of research field trials



Required Qualifications

  • M.S. in Agricultural Science, Agronomy, Crop Science, Life Science or related field plus 2 year’s experience
  • Demonstrated work experience in managing research field trials (farm or small plot research)
  • Field research planning, trial design and statistical analysis
  • Demonstrated experience working in a lab
  • Practical knowledge of data capture and entry and computer skills relevant to data management
  • Ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated experience working in a collaborative team-based environment
  • US driver’s license
  • Willingness and ability to occasionally travel (up to 20% of the time)
  • Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions, i.e., heat, humidity, rain, cold, etc. for extended periods of time (you will not be in the field alone)
  • Knowledge of python is a plus
  • Knowledge of geochemistry is a plus


Skills to be successful in the role

  • Interest in climate technology and agricultural interactions
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Process-oriented
  • Ability to quickly learn new software programs and tools 
  • Openness to take on new challenges
  • Willingness to contribute to tasks outside of your responsibilities when help is needed


Why Work With Us

  • This company exists to do good, for the planet, and for people, and we have a really wonderful scalable approach to do it that touches so many different partners.
  • We think a lot about how to create the corporate scaffolding to do the most good.
  • This company spends a lot of time thinking about culture, values, communication, and how to be good at being a company.


Additional Information

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Eion is building a team that looks beyond the dominant culture for clues to creating a successful workplace where every person stands in integrity.  To that end, Eion is committed to a supportive and inclusive culture for women, gender minorities, and other individuals from underrepresented groups. Our core team includes racial diversity, gender diversity, and ability diversity, and we continually broaden our understanding and support for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected under applicable State or Federal laws and regulations.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to