Automation Engineer

Fulltime Position

Located in Sonoma & Marin Counties, California


About FYTO

FYTO is a VC-backed startup building a world-class team dedicated to improving the world through climate-smart, high-tech agriculture. We grow unique aquatic plants through innovative automated processes to generate high quality feed, food, and fertilizer products with a dramatically lower carbon footprint. The company’s patent-pending technology produces nutrient-dense ingredients using much less energy, water, land, labor, and fertilizer than conventional choices. Our company launched out of MIT in 2019 and is growing its team (and crops) in Northern California.


About the Role

We’re seeking an exceptional, well-rounded automation engineer that is keen to use their skills to improve the global food system. The ideal candidate is a creative problem solver and a dependable decision maker that can work and deliver results as part of a dynamic team.


What you’ll do

  • Create robotic automation technologies from concept design to R+D stage prototyping, and implementation on FYTO’s growing operations in the Petaluma area

  • Design, build, and test electro-mechanical solutions for a variety of growing, harvesting, and processing challenges

  • Develop sensor systems, including hardware selection, data acquisition, and data analysis

Your required qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical, chemical engineering or similar

  •  3+ years of relevant professional experience

  • Advanced computer skills, including CAD, numerical modeling, programming, and MS Office (Excel, Powerpoint, and Word)

  • Demonstrated ability to develop hardware from notebook to functional prototypes

  • Experience working with PLCs and/or microcontrollers to automate processes

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in remote locations as well as with a team

  • Have a valid driver’s license and good driving record

  • Quick learner who is flexible, motivated, and able to thrive in a startup environment


Other preferred qualifications

  • Master’s degree in engineering discipline, physical sciences, or computer science

  • Experience in motion control applications and/or robotics

  • Experience with computer-vision enabled systems

  • Experience working in a start-up environment 


Physical activity requirements

  • Walk across a variety of terrains, including uneven surfaces

  • Climb, jump, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch and install equipment

  • Stand for extended time periods

  • Lift and carry up to 25 lbs.

  • Work in conditions with varying humidity, sunlight and temperatures (32°– 95° depending on the season)


FYTO is committed to equal opportunity and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. FYTO does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its recruitment processes and employment practices.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to