ABOUT NEWLAB

Newlab is a community of experts and innovators applying transformative technology to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Newlab membership and studios bring together entrepreneurs, engineers, inventors, and industry leaders to create sustainable solutions and enterprises. Newlab employs technologies, including robotics, A.I., and material science, to transform what matters most—health, environment, media, cities, and infrastructure.

ABOUT THE ROLE

Newlab is seeking a Research Analyst with a technical proficiency and background to work with the Product and Programs team to support research efforts tied to a new program focused on expanding the bioeconomy and reducing agriculturally-sourced climate impact in partnership with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR). Responsibilities include: leading industry and technical landscape research, participating in generative research interviews, market analysis, and startup diligence. This role will work closely with members of the Product and Programs team, across Newlab departments, and alongside partners to develop research outputs that inform the strategy for the program.

Duration & Hours

The Research Analyst will be engaged from the period of November 15th, 2021 through March 15th, 2022 for a maximum of 300 hours, expected to include up to 20 hours per week.

Responsibilities

The Research Analyst will be a collaborative member of the Studio team and will be primarily responsible for the following:

  • Secondary Research: The Research Analyst will perform desktop research to build out the team’s collective understanding of the bioeconomy ecosystem with an emphasis on: 
    • Feedstock & Bio-Based Product Assessment: Overview of available feedstocks and agricultural waste in the New York region and insight into how they could be used for bio-based product development.
    • Technology & Innovation Gaps: Identify relevant technologies being developed by startups, research labs, etc., as well as innovation gaps across the value chain of bio-based product development from on-farm interventions, to processing/pyrolysis, to development of new supply chains.
    • Climate Impact: Review and synthesize relevant, existing methodologies for measuring, verifying and reporting the potential climate impact of the proposed program. 
    • Policy & Regulatory Landscape: Identify major policies or regulation in place or in development that may serve as tailwinds for regional bioeconomy growth in the northeast region of the U.S.  

The Research Analyst will support the Product Design team on the following activities:

  • Ecosystem Building: Based on the above, generate an ecosystem view with information on key startups, experts, corporate activity, academic research, farmers, farmer cooperatives and investment activity relevant to the bioeconomy ecosystem and supply chain. 
  • Support Generative Research: The Research Analyst will help shape discussion guides to be used in interviews with key stakeholders and experts and actively participate in some of these discussions to glean information, highlight outstanding questions and new learnings and help to bring this knowledge back to the team to inform the program.
  • Team Collaboration and Client Engagement: Ongoing collaboration and synthesis with the team will help to evolve our collective understanding on the topic and build alignment on opportunities and solutions that will shape the future program. The Research Analyst will also interface with the client partners to discuss research progress and direction and to synthesize feedback and input from program advisors and industry experts.
  • Reporting: The Research Analyst will work alongside the design team to create narrative summaries of the research for different audiences at key milestones. This may include developing Google Slides for presentations or drafting memos to support a February convening along with supporting a program proposal in March with research findings.

Experience

  • 5+ years of professional experience in a bioeconomy and/or agricultural related technical field that can include related graduate degree programs which may include: data science, emerging technology or engineering. 
  • Subject matter knowledge and interest in the bioeconomy supply chain and related technologies, (e.g. bio-based products, biomass processing, farming operations related to feedstock and waste.) 
  • Familiarity with Google’s business tools (docs, team drives, slides, sheets etc). 
  • Comfortable leveraging venture resources such as Tracxn and Pitchbook and academic research journals to surface relevant information.

Skills & Attributes

  • Curious and enthusiastic about working with frontier technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Collaborative and adaptable team player who is comfortable working with colleagues that come from a diverse set of career backgrounds including design, engineering, technology, and program management.
  • Strong ability to synthesize information, generate insights and translate complex technical concepts for different audiences.
  • Ambitious and self motivated to dive head first into new subject matter and technology and share insights with team members that connect to big picture goals.
  • Efficient and deadline driven with an organized, methodical working style.