Director, StarLab AgTech Center

Nanoracks Hiring in Abu Dhabi
Position:Director, StarLab AgTech Center
Reports To:Chief Executive Officer
Location:Abu Dhabi, UAE
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About Nanoracks

Nanoracks is a cutting-edge aerospace company focusing on providing commercial access to space, currently on the International Space Station (ISS), suborbital vehicles, expendable launch vehicles, and more! We have sent over 1,000 payloads to the Space Station, kickstarted the CubeSat deployment revolution, and have customers in over 30 nations.

Since 2009, Nanoracks has created and expanded new in-space markets and has been the world leader for ushering in a new era of in-space services. Currently, Nanoracks is working to build commercial space stations (“Outposts”) from the spent upper stages of launch vehicles in orbit. This technology will enable spent upper stages to be used as crewed and un-crewed space stations for various purposes and customers—both civil and commercial.

Nanoracks will provide and facilitate an ecosystem of interoperable technologies and distributed free flying space stations. You can read our approach here.

We hope you’ll apply to join our team. We work with leaders from all over the world, including NASA, universities and government centers both foreign and domestic, and commercial companies. We’re fast, fun, passionate, and love sending things to space.

What We're Looking For

Smart, talented, critical thinkers with an ability to handle responsibility in a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. You will own your projects and be results-oriented. Nanoracks is a small company (70+ awesome people), but we interface with much larger organizations from around the world.  You will need to be able to work in small and large groups as well as simultaneously execute an entire project on time.

Director, StarLab AgTech Center

Job Description:

Your role will be pioneering, as you will be developing the first ever commercial space AgTech research center in the world. We need a person that is entrepreneurial, independently motivated, creative, visionary, and a strong leader. The selected candidate must combine proven industry skills with an entrepreneurial flair to work with our existing Abu Dhabi office to create a world-class space research facility.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the main point of contact for the development of the R&D facility in Abu Dhabi
  • Develop over the next several years, a full research team focused on agreed upon core areas
  • Manage budgets and facilities oversight
  • Develop proposals for funding and joint projects relating to research and development
  • Work directly with government organizations in the region
  • Oversee quality and process of scientific tests related to developing new products and services to meet goals for Earth and Space agriculture research
  • Provide involvement and support for the business development in the UAE and the team in the U.S.
  • Lead new AgTech product development and be responsible for guiding the technical aspects of new product development. You will work closely with marketing, R&D and our partners to develop value propositions for the new products and services, as well as identify the most attractive target categories/customers for the products
  • Develop and implement growth strategies for the lab
  • Hire employees and other researchers
  • Generate reports and give presentations to various audiences, technical and non-technical


This is a unique entrepreneurial opportunity to be the first hire of the StarLab Center and work with Nanoracks, LLC to create a sustainable program unique in the community. You will interface daily with our small Abu Dhabi office to implement the program. Nanoracks, LLC office will assist the chosen candidate in re-location to Abu Dhabi if they are currently out of the country.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Extensive Space Agriculture, or management of controlled environment agriculture and related technology
  • Have some understanding and experience as it relates to Space biology, Astrobiology coupled with the development of Lunar/Mars and Orbital Greenhouses
  • Experience managing and directing research programs
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proactive nature
  • Multi-lingual is a plus


Competitive with local and industry standard.

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