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Be part of the iLabs Family

Sunway iLabs is looking for passionate individuals to join our team.

An inspirational and fun working environment
with an innovation-driven team, you will love it here.
Sunway iLabs is looking for passionate individuals to join our team.

An inspirational and fun working environment with an innovation-driven team, you will love it here.

Current Openings

Current Openings

General Requirements of the Post

Sunway University is a leading private university in Malaysia that aspires to play a strong role in innovation, nurturing the inculcation of an enterprising spirit among its students and staff, and seeking to create successful business ventures from its research and knowledge base. The innovation arm of Sunway University, Sunway Innovation Labs (iLabs) Foundry aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry, by driving entrepreneurship, fostering innovation, and to managing the incubation and acceleration of university start-ups.

As part of a venture building initiative for urban farming, Sunway iLabs launched a new initiative called Sunway XFarms to address food security and safety. Sunway XFarms is located at Sunway FutureX, which functions as a food & agritech innovation hub with four key objectives: (1) nourish, (2) educate, (3) empower, and (4) innovate. This is in line with Sunway City Kuala Lumpur’s vision to be a living laboratory where ideas are generated to address the challenges facing humanity.

We are looking for a Agriculture Education Lead who will be in charge of planning, coordinating and executing urban farm education programmes, which include short programmes, corporate trainings and community workshops. The candidate will report to the Head of iLabs Foundry, but will be working closely with the Sunway XFarms team and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. He/she will also be collaborating with various stakeholders including academia, educators, content specialists, industry experts to deliver these programmes. This role will oversee entire end-to-end programme delivery, which will include some elements of marketing, admin and operations duties. The ideal applicant will have a background in innovation and entrepreneurship within the agricultural and/or food industry sectors.

Specific Duties of the Role

  • Develop, curate and execute urban farming and agri & foodtech based course curriculums, programmes and workshops
  • Cultivate relationships with programme partners, local NGOs, startups, agri & food industry players, and relevant government organisations
  • Manage multiple education projects, including coordination of programme logistics and activation of event spaces for education purposes
  • Deliver courses and workshops to students, communities and stakeholders
  • Facilitate and provide technical support and assistance during execution of online and physical programmes
  • Assist in the creation, distribution and evaluation of marketing materials related to education programmes
  • Foster an environment that promotes innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship to enhance student learning experience.

Any other duties as and when assigned from time to time.

Requirements

  • At least 2 years’ experience in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, Preferably in the agricultural and/or food industry or a relevant field within academia. A Masters-level degree or above in relevant field of study is desirable.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of higher-level educational and/or training programmes.
  • Energetic, focused with a positive attitude and passionate in translating ideas into successful innovations.
  • Relevant experience in building online or blended programmes.
  • A storyteller, with excellent communication skills (English and Bahasa).
  • Self-motivated problem solver who can work with minimal supervision.
  • Attentive to detail, commitment to project timelines, enjoys learning new things and thinking out of the box.
  • Confident to build communities and meet new people, always ready to share your thoughts and inspire.

Experience of MQA regulatory requirements for course design and delivery is desirable.

Immerse yourself in one of the most complete startup ecosystems in South East Asia! 

Launched in 2017, Sunway Innovation Labs (Sunway iLabs) aims to foster entrepreneurship and stimulate market-driven innovations, to help entrepreneurs become more competitive in this rapidly changing environment. iLabs Ventures runs a 4 months startup accelerator annually where we provide funding, mentorship, and access to market through our Sunway Group of companies. In addition, we collaborate with regional partners to run accelerators which attract and support foreign startups’ expansion into Malaysia. All of our programmes focus and deliver value on 5 key verticals: Smart Cities, Edutech, Digital Health, Agrifoodtech and E-Commerce.  

As a startup analyst, your role will include data acquisition and analysis of each startups’ progress during the accelerator programme through a systematic approach, as well as conduct a deep dive into each of the five key verticals, carrying out market research studies and produce reports on the industry landscape, government policies, market needs and challenges. Working closely with a wide range of startup entrepreneurs, this role will give you a very comprehensive understanding and experience of the startup journey from idea, business model validation, market research, product testing, implementation and expansion. 

You will be attending meetings with mentors to support startups in data modeling, investment deck, financial model, etc. but will not be limited to just a desk role as you will also be responsible for event planning (online and offline) and execution. In addition, you will also be overseeing the pilot projects between portfolio companies and Sunway business units at Sunway city. 

You will be part of an experienced startup team reporting to the Head of iLabs Ventures and the Group Chief Innovation Officer. The best of both worlds – you will be working as part of a successful conglomerate and alongside many corporate business units, while enjoying the perks and adrenalin of being in a startup environment. In addition, you will gain invaluable experience to be in the middle of one of the most complete startup ecosystems in South East Asia. 

Responsibilities 

  • Deal sourcing and due diligence work on potential startup investments  
  • Managing iLabs’ startup portfolio, deal pipeline and all information relating to investment funnel from sourcing to exit  
  • Monitor portfolio startup’s progress by tracking activity and key growth metrics, publishing progress reports, recommending actions. 
  • Interpret, evaluate and present research data around iLabs’ five key verticals. 
  • Conduct and coordinate financial, product, market, operational and related research to support strategic and business planning within various iLabs departments. 
  • Organise and execute both online and offline workshops, trainings and events for iLabs’ accelerator and startup community programmes 
  • Perform administrative duties which includes filing and organising legal documents, bookkeeping, performance reporting, etc.  

Qualifications 

  • At least two years’ experience in a startup or analyst role 
  • Minimum University degree holder  
  • Strong analytical, report writing and presentation skills 
  • Functional experience with database and spreadsheet software, such as MySQL and Excel 
  • Experience performing various forms of online research, knowledgeable or have the ability to quickly learn data mining tools and techniques
  • Detail-oriented and a strict attention and appreciation for deadlines 
  • Self-motivated problem solver who can work with minimal supervision  
  • Enjoys learning new things and thinks out of the box 
  • Confident to build networks and meet new people, always ready to share your thoughts and inspire others 
  • Passionate for innovation, technology, education, entrepreneurship and community building. 

 

Senior Executive, Admin & Operations (Full Time, 12-month Contract)

In the performance of his/her duties, the post holder will report to iLabs Foundry Manager. The post holder is responsible for operational administrative works of iLabs Foundry that may include academia-industry collaboration, student entrepreneurial programme and space management.

Specific Duties of the Role

  • Assists in managing academia-industry collaboration projects, ensuring that all work is delivered on-time, on budget and with quality. This includes facilitating regular project meetings with industry clients and internal stakeholders.
  • Supports the administrative and operational activities of iLabs Foundry, such as execution of agreements, procurement processes, financial processes, space maintenance, inventory management and etc.
  • Develops and maintains an effective control system of filing, recording, proper documentation, reporting and information housekeeping (finance and non-finance)
  • Manages the iLabs Foundry databases and support in the preparation for internal/ external audits and other quality assurance documentation/ requirements/ visits
  • Assists in the planning and execution of marketing initiatives and events of iLabs Foundry

Any other duties as and when assigned from time to time.

Requirements

  • At least 2-5 years of administrative and operations experience in the related field
  • Possess project management skillsets or work experience will be a plus point
  • Ability to pick up new tools and system quickly
  • Excellent interpersonal skill – able to engage with a diverse pool of people (e.g. business people and university researchers)
  • Superior multi-tasking skills -ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines and attend to pressing matters
  • Strong organisational and time management skills with attention to details 

As part of Sunway Group’s mission to address food security challenges in urban areas, Sunway Innovation Labs (iLabs) launched Sunway FutureX Farm, a new venture building initiative. Located in the heart of Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, the 50,000-square feet urban farming innovation hub is the first-of-its-kind that brings together urban farming professionals, tech companies, researchers and young talents to create transformative solutions focusing on food and agritech.

Sunway FutureX consists of three pillars: FutureX Farm, FutureX Talent and FutureX Campus. Under the FutureX Farm, we operate both indoor and outdoor smart farms which are built around four main key objectives – Nourish, Educate, Empower and Innovate.

We are looking for an Urban Farm Frontend Engineer Intern who will be part of the Sunway FutureX Farm core team to build and develop the Smart farming platform that will power the management and monitoring of Sunway’s farm via the integration of smart IOT devices. So if innovations in food and agritech excites you then don’t wait and apply now!

Responsibilities:

  • Implementing design and structure of web application for farm management
  • Striking a balance between functional and aesthetic design
  • Developing features to enhance the user experience

Requirements:

  • Proficiency with HTML, CSS/SCSS, Javascript, Jquery
  • Familiar with frontend frameworks such as React.JS, Angular, Vue.JS, Bootstrap, etc
  • Able to pick up integration with backend APIs

Nice-to-haves:

  • Familiar with version control systems such as Git.
  • Familiar with web development cycle between frontend and backend.
  • Familiar with secure web application deployment and optimisation

As part of Sunway Group’s mission to address food security challenges in urban areas, Sunway Innovation Labs (iLabs) launched Sunway FutureX Farm, a new venture building initiative. Located in the heart of Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, the 50,000-square feet urban farming innovation hub is the first-of-its-kind that brings together urban farming professionals, tech companies, researchers and young talents to create transformative solutions focusing on food and agritech.

Sunway FutureX consists of three pillars: FutureX Farm, FutureX Talent and FutureX Campus. Under the FutureX Farm, we operate both indoor and outdoor smart farms which are built around four main key objectives – Nourish, Educate, Empower and Innovate.

We are looking for an Urban Farm Intern Engineer who will be part of the Sunway FutureX Farm core team to build and develop the Smart farming platform that will power the management and monitoring of Sunway’s farm via the integration of smart IOT devices. So if innovations in food and agritech excites you then don’t wait and apply now!

Key Responsibilities:

  • You will collaborate closely with other engineers and product managers within a team
  • You will help the team plan, design and shape responsive web solutions in the development of the smart farming platform
  • Build and bind our front end and back end services together and monitor, test and continuously optimize your solutions
  • Build the user interface (UI) and design language across different platforms

We are looking for candidates who are:

  • You are pursuing a degree or a bootcamp certification in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or a related field of study.
  • You have experience or a willingness to build JavaScript/HTML/CSS frontend applications and backend services and APIs
  • Have an interest in current and emerging trends of the web platform
  • You have analytical and problem-solving skills, and can communicate your ideas
  • Self-motivated problem solver who can work with minimal supervision while contributing in a team environment
  • Attentive to detail, enjoy learning new things and thinks innovatively
  • Able to commit a minimum of 4 months internship

We are looking for an Urban Farm Data Consultant to provide specialist advise on the design and development of an integrated smart farming data management platform which connects all our farm to fork activities. With knowledge of the key drivers of successful urban farming businesses, technical capabilities and SAAS solutions, the consultant is able to deliver a complete farm data management framework and propose the best infrastructure required to integrate and sync data collected from our farm management system and customer eCommerce solution platforms.  

The consultant will provide both technical and commercial advice and information related to urban farming data management which will also involve breaking down complex assumptions and proposing the necessary data and recommendations. Data will be collected from the farms using a range of sensors and NDVI cameras which monitors key parameters and provide accurate yield projections for efficient farm management.   

The consultant will also consult on the build of a data and analytics infrastructure model which will be able to predict customer demand and buying behaviour, with the goal to minimise farm wastage and reduce operations costThe system should intelligently interpret results of analysis, identifying trends and issues, providing recommendation for alternatives to support business objectives. The farm ROI data analysis build models should be designed for scale across multiple farm locations and systems. Each farm is unique, and because of that, have their own set of strengths and weaknesses which the system would need to be agile enough to support. 

You will be partnering with an experienced startup minded team and working directly with the Head of Sunway FutureX Farm and Sunway Group’s Chief Innovation Officer. The best of both worlds – you will be part of a successful conglomerate , while enjoying the perks and adrenalin of being in a startup environment. In addition, you will gain invaluable experience to be in the midst of one of the most complete startup ecosystems in South East Asia. 

Key project tasks include: 

  • Design and develop farm data management platform with integration from FutureX Farm’s management platform and eCommerce solutions 
  • Design and develop data analysis service offerings to improve farm yield, including input/output, workflow, external analysis models, and milestone deliverables  
  • Create data and analytics infrastructure model to improve farm ROI by analysing real-time customer insights and feeding relevant information back to the farm 
  • Advising on specific need for AI/ML in the tech infrastructure and cloud management system 
  • Advise on compliance with current data regulations around urban farming and food production 
  • Identify and guide a team of software engineers and data scientists who will be able to produce dashboards, reports, data analysis and data science models. 
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to determine the appropriate analysis parameters, performance measures and decision tools to be applied. 

We are looking for candidates who have: 

  • A proven track record for leading tech teams, managing complex analytical projects and delivery of data driven solutions. 
  • Experience working with enterprise clients developing advanced data strategies, data analysis and complex measurement projects to improve business efficiency and profitability. 
  • Experience working in agriculture field and knowledge on commercial farm operations and management in some capacity would be an added advantage  
  • Possess analytical, problem-solving and consultative skillsan individual which is outcomes driven, with an excellent ability to distill complex questions into meaningful data-driven recommendations 
  • Passionate for entrepreneurship and innovations in agrifoodtech  

Sunway FutureX, an innovation hub measuring 50,000 sqft, will be launched as a venture building and innovation hub with a focus on agrifoodtech.  This is in line with Sunway City Kuala Lumpur’s vision to be a living laboratory where ideas are generated to address the challenges facing humanity. At SunwayFutureX Farm, we operate 4 farms utilising different farming technologies – an indoor vertical farm, outdoor hydroponics greenhouse and two aquaponics farms. Our farms are built to address four key objectives – Nourish, Educate, Empower and Innovate. 

Sunway FutureX – Urban Farm Manager

As part of Sunway Group’s mission to address food security challenges in urban areas, Sunway Innovation Labs (iLabs) launched Sunway FutureX Farm, a new venture building initiative. Located in the heart of Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, the 50,000-square feet urban farming innovation hub is the first-of-its-kind that brings together urban farming professionals, tech companies, researchers and young talents to create transformative solutions focusing on food and agritech.

Sunway FutureX consists of three pillars: FutureX Farm, FutureX Talent and FutureX Campus. Under the FutureX Farm, we operate both indoor and outdoor smart farms which are built around four main key objectives – Nourish, Educate, Empower and Innovate.

We are looking for a senior agronomist who will be part of the Sunway FutureX Farm core team and will be in-charge of overseeing operations of hydroponics smart farming system. If innovations in food and agritech excites you then don’t wait and apply now!

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage smart farms’ maintenance, plant inventory management, production quality and yields across multiple locations.
  • Train and manage a team of agronomists and apprentice to assist with farm operations
  • Ensure all hydroponics farm systems follow and adhere to food safety requirements, SOPs, good safety standards and meet all requirements of MyGap Certification.
  • Conduct R&D and consistently source for new plant varieties that are suitable to grow in all farms including the development of planting schedules, budgets, and timelines.
  • Constantly stay-up-to-date about new vertical farming technologies and innovations
  • Conduct basic to advanced workshops related to urban farming (mainly on hydroponics and aquaponics) for the community and assist as a course facilitator for short courses
  • Consult customers who are keen to grow their own food at home including setting up a basic hydroponics/aquaponics kit, seeds selections and any issue they face throughout their growing journey.
  • Analyse farm data and propose effective solutions for cost efficiencies, plant health management and pest management.
  • Consistently source for new plant varieties that are suitable to grow in all farms including the development of planting schedules, budgets, and timelines.

We are looking for candidates who are:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience with commercial hydroponics systems
  • An education background in agronomy, agriculture or related field is desired
  • Experience in managing teams across multiple farm locations
  • Familiar designing/building hydroponics/aquaponics systems
  • Able to commute to the farms and work flexible hours when needed
  • Self-motivated problem solver who can work with minimal supervision while contributing in a team environment
  • Attentive to detail, enjoy learning new things and thinks innovatively
  • Strategic thinker with leadership, analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Familiarity in operations of smart farm management software and IoT
  • Experience in IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, VR/AR and other latest 4.0 technologies would be an added advantage

General Requirements of the Post

Sunway University is a leading private university in Malaysia that aspires to play a strong role in innovation, nurturing the inculcation of an enterprising spirit among its students and staff, and seeking to create successful business ventures from its research and knowledge base. The innovation arm of Sunway University, Sunway Innovation Labs (iLabs) Foundry aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry, by driving entrepreneurship, fostering innovation, and to managing the incubation and acceleration of university start-ups.

As part of a venture building initiative for urban farming, Sunway iLabs launched a new initiative called Sunway XFarms to address food security and safety. Sunway XFarms is located at Sunway FutureX, which functions as a food & agritech innovation hub with four key objectives: (1) nourish, (2) educate, (3) empower, and (4) innovate. This is in line with Sunway City Kuala Lumpur’s vision to be a living laboratory where ideas are generated to address the challenges facing humanity.

We are looking for a Agriculture Education Leadwho will be in charge of planning, coordinating and executing urban farm education programmes, which include short programmes, corporate trainings and community workshops. The candidate will report to the Head of iLabs Foundry, but will be working closely with the Sunway XFarms team and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. He/she will also be collaborating with various stakeholders including academia, educators, content specialists, industry experts to deliver these programmes. This role will oversee entire end-to-end programme delivery, which will include some elements of marketing, admin and operations duties. The ideal applicant will have a background in innovation and entrepreneurship within the agricultural and/or food industry sectors.

Specific Duties of the Role

  • Develop, curate and execute urban farming and agri & foodtech based course curriculums, programmes and workshops
  • Cultivate relationships with programme partners, local NGOs, startups, agri & food industry players, and relevant government organisations
  • Manage multiple education projects, including coordination of programme logistics and activation of event spaces for education purposes
  • Deliver courses and workshops to students, communities and stakeholders
  • Facilitate and provide technical support and assistance during execution of online and physical programmes
  • Assist in the creation, distribution and evaluation of marketing materials related to education programmes
  • Foster an environment that promotes innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship to enhance student learning experience.

Any other duties as and when assigned from time to time.

Requirements

  • At least 2 years’ experience in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, Preferably in the agricultural and/or food industry or a relevant field within academia. A Masters-level degree or above in relevant field of study is desirable.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of higher-level educational and/or training programmes.
  • Energetic, focused with a positive attitude and passionate in translating ideas into successful innovations.
  • Relevant experience in building online or blended programmes.
  • A storyteller, with excellent communication skills (English and Bahasa).
  • Self-motivated problem solver who can work with minimal supervision.
  • Attentive to detail, commitment to project timelines, enjoys learning new things and thinking out of the box.
  • Confident to build communities and meet new people, always ready to share your thoughts and inspire.

Experience of MQA regulatory requirements for course design and delivery is desirable.

Immerse yourself in one of the most complete startup ecosystems in South East Asia! 

Launched in 2017, Sunway Innovation Labs (Sunway iLabs) aims to foster entrepreneurship and stimulate market-driven innovations, to help entrepreneurs become more competitive in this rapidly changing environment. iLabs Ventures runs a 4 months startup accelerator annually where we provide funding, mentorship, and access to market through our Sunway Group of companies. In addition, we collaborate with regional partners to run accelerators which attract and support foreign startups’ expansion into Malaysia. All of our programmes focus and deliver value on 5 key verticals: Smart Cities, Edutech, Digital Health, Agrifoodtech and E-Commerce.  

As a startup analyst, your role will include data acquisition and analysis of each startups’ progress during the accelerator programme through a systematic approach, as well as conduct a deep dive into each of the five key verticals, carrying out market research studies and produce reports on the industry landscape, government policies, market needs and challenges. Working closely with a wide range of startup entrepreneurs, this role will give you a very comprehensive understanding and experience of the startup journey from idea, business model validation, market research, product testing, implementation and expansion. 

You will be attending meetings with mentors to support startups in data modeling, investment deck, financial model, etc. but will not be limited to just a desk role as you will also be responsible for event planning (online and offline) and execution. In addition, you will also be overseeing the pilot projects between portfolio companies and Sunway business units at Sunway city. 

You will be part of an experienced startup team reporting to the Head of iLabs Ventures and the Group Chief Innovation Officer. The best of both worlds – you will be working as part of a successful conglomerate and alongside many corporate business units, while enjoying the perks and adrenalin of being in a startup environment. In addition, you will gain invaluable experience to be in the middle of one of the most complete startup ecosystems in South East Asia. 

Responsibilities 

  • Deal sourcing and due diligence work on potential startup investments  
  • Managing iLabs’ startup portfolio, deal pipeline and all information relating to investment funnel from sourcing to exit  
  • Monitor portfolio startup’s progress by tracking activity and key growth metrics, publishing progress reports, recommending actions. 
  • Interpret, evaluate and present research data around iLabs’ five key verticals. 
  • Conduct and coordinate financial, product, market, operational and related research to support strategic and business planning within various iLabs departments. 
  • Organise and execute both online and offline workshops, trainings and events for iLabs’ accelerator and startup community programmes 
  • Perform administrative duties which includes filing and organising legal documents, bookkeeping, performance reporting, etc.  

Qualifications 

  • At least two years’ experience in a startup or analyst role 
  • Minimum University degree holder  
  • Strong analytical, report writing and presentation skills 
  • Functional experience with database and spreadsheet software, such as MySQL and Excel 
  • Experience performing various forms of online research, knowledgeable or have the ability to quickly learn data mining tools and techniques
  • Detail-oriented and a strict attention and appreciation for deadlines 
  • Self-motivated problem solver who can work with minimal supervision  
  • Enjoys learning new things and thinks out of the box 
  • Confident to build networks and meet new people, always ready to share your thoughts and inspire others 
  • Passionate for innovation, technology, education, entrepreneurship and community building. 

 

As part of Sunway Group’s mission to address food security challenges in urban areas, Sunway Innovation Labs (iLabs) launched Sunway FutureX Farm, a new venture building initiative. Located in the heart of Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, the 50,000-square feet urban farming innovation hub is the first-of-its-kind that brings together urban farming professionals, tech companies, researchers and young talents to create transformative solutions focusing on food and agritech.

Sunway FutureX consists of three pillars: FutureX Farm, FutureX Talent and FutureX Campus. Under the FutureX Farm, we operate both indoor and outdoor smart farms which are built around four main key objectives – Nourish, Educate, Empower and Innovate.

We are looking for an Urban Farm Frontend Engineer Intern who will be part of the Sunway FutureX Farm core team to build and develop the Smart farming platform that will power the management and monitoring of Sunway’s farm via the integration of smart IOT devices. So if innovations in food and agritech excites you then don’t wait and apply now!

Responsibilities:

  • Implementing design and structure of web application for farm management
  • Striking a balance between functional and aesthetic design
  • Developing features to enhance the user experience

Requirements:

  • Proficiency with HTML, CSS/SCSS, Javascript, Jquery
  • Familiar with frontend frameworks such as React.JS, Angular, Vue.JS, Bootstrap, etc
  • Able to pick up integration with backend APIs

Nice-to-haves:

  • Familiar with version control systems such as Git.
  • Familiar with web development cycle between frontend and backend.
  • Familiar with secure web application deployment and optimisation

Sunway FutureX – Urban Farm Manager

As part of Sunway Group’s mission to address food security challenges in urban areas, Sunway Innovation Labs (iLabs) launched Sunway FutureX Farm, a new venture building initiative. Located in the heart of Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, the 50,000-square feet urban farming innovation hub is the first-of-its-kind that brings together urban farming professionals, tech companies, researchers and young talents to create transformative solutions focusing on food and agritech.

Sunway FutureX consists of three pillars: FutureX Farm, FutureX Talent and FutureX Campus. Under the FutureX Farm, we operate both indoor and outdoor smart farms which are built around four main key objectives – Nourish, Educate, Empower and Innovate.

We are looking for a senior agronomist who will be part of the Sunway FutureX Farm core team and will be in-charge of overseeing operations of hydroponics smart farming system. If innovations in food and agritech excites you then don’t wait and apply now!

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage smart farms’ maintenance, plant inventory management, production quality and yields across multiple locations.
  • Train and manage a team of agronomists and apprentice to assist with farm operations
  • Ensure all hydroponics farm systems follow and adhere to food safety requirements, SOPs, good safety standards and meet all requirements of MyGap Certification.
  • Conduct R&D and consistently source for new plant varieties that are suitable to grow in all farms including the development of planting schedules, budgets, and timelines.
  • Constantly stay-up-to-date about new vertical farming technologies and innovations
  • Conduct basic to advanced workshops related to urban farming (mainly on hydroponics and aquaponics) for the community and assist as a course facilitator for short courses
  • Consult customers who are keen to grow their own food at home including setting up a basic hydroponics/aquaponics kit, seeds selections and any issue they face throughout their growing journey.
  • Analyse farm data and propose effective solutions for cost efficiencies, plant health management and pest management.
  • Consistently source for new plant varieties that are suitable to grow in all farms including the development of planting schedules, budgets, and timelines.

We are looking for candidates who are:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience with commercial hydroponics systems
  • An education background in agronomy, agriculture or related field is desired
  • Experience in managing teams across multiple farm locations
  • Familiar designing/building hydroponics/aquaponics systems
  • Able to commute to the farms and work flexible hours when needed
  • Self-motivated problem solver who can work with minimal supervision while contributing in a team environment
  • Attentive to detail, enjoy learning new things and thinks innovatively
  • Strategic thinker with leadership, analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Familiarity in operations of smart farm management software and IoT
  • Experience in IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, VR/AR and other latest 4.0 technologies would be an added advantage

As part of Sunway Group’s mission to address food security challenges in urban areas, Sunway Innovation Labs (iLabs) launched Sunway FutureX Farm, a new venture building initiative. Located in the heart of Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, the 50,000-square feet urban farming innovation hub is the first-of-its-kind that brings together urban farming professionals, tech companies, researchers and young talents to create transformative solutions focusing on food and agritech.

Sunway FutureX consists of three pillars: FutureX Farm, FutureX Talent and FutureX Campus. Under the FutureX Farm, we operate both indoor and outdoor smart farms which are built around four main key objectives – Nourish, Educate, Empower and Innovate.

We are looking for an Urban Farm Intern Engineer who will be part of the Sunway FutureX Farm core team to build and develop the Smart farming platform that will power the management and monitoring of Sunway’s farm via the integration of smart IOT devices. So if innovations in food and agritech excites you then don’t wait and apply now!

Key Responsibilities:

  • You will collaborate closely with other engineers and product managers within a team
  • You will help the team plan, design and shape responsive web solutions in the development of the smart farming platform
  • Build and bind our front end and back end services together and monitor, test and continuously optimize your solutions
  • Build the user interface (UI) and design language across different platforms

We are looking for candidates who are:

  • You are pursuing a degree or a bootcamp certification in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or a related field of study.
  • You have experience or a willingness to build JavaScript/HTML/CSS frontend applications and backend services and APIs
  • Have an interest in current and emerging trends of the web platform
  • You have analytical and problem-solving skills, and can communicate your ideas
  • Self-motivated problem solver who can work with minimal supervision while contributing in a team environment
  • Attentive to detail, enjoy learning new things and thinks innovatively
  • Able to commit a minimum of 4 months internship

We are looking for an Urban Farm Data Consultant to provide specialist advise on the design and development of an integrated smart farming data management platform which connects all our farm to fork activities. With knowledge of the key drivers of successful urban farming businesses, technical capabilities and SAAS solutions, the consultant is able to deliver a complete farm data management framework and propose the best infrastructure required to integrate and sync data collected from our farm management system and customer eCommerce solution platforms.  

The consultant will provide both technical and commercial advice and information related to urban farming data management which will also involve breaking down complex assumptions and proposing the necessary data and recommendations. Data will be collected from the farms using a range of sensors and NDVI cameras which monitors key parameters and provide accurate yield projections for efficient farm management.   

The consultant will also consult on the build of a data and analytics infrastructure model which will be able to predict customer demand and buying behaviour, with the goal to minimise farm wastage and reduce operations costThe system should intelligently interpret results of analysis, identifying trends and issues, providing recommendation for alternatives to support business objectives. The farm ROI data analysis build models should be designed for scale across multiple farm locations and systems. Each farm is unique, and because of that, have their own set of strengths and weaknesses which the system would need to be agile enough to support. 

You will be partnering with an experienced startup minded team and working directly with the Head of Sunway FutureX Farm and Sunway Group’s Chief Innovation Officer. The best of both worlds – you will be part of a successful conglomerate , while enjoying the perks and adrenalin of being in a startup environment. In addition, you will gain invaluable experience to be in the midst of one of the most complete startup ecosystems in South East Asia. 

Key project tasks include: 

  • Design and develop farm data management platform with integration from FutureX Farm’s management platform and eCommerce solutions 
  • Design and develop data analysis service offerings to improve farm yield, including input/output, workflow, external analysis models, and milestone deliverables  
  • Create data and analytics infrastructure model to improve farm ROI by analysing real-time customer insights and feeding relevant information back to the farm 
  • Advising on specific need for AI/ML in the tech infrastructure and cloud management system 
  • Advise on compliance with current data regulations around urban farming and food production 
  • Identify and guide a team of software engineers and data scientists who will be able to produce dashboards, reports, data analysis and data science models. 
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to determine the appropriate analysis parameters, performance measures and decision tools to be applied. 

We are looking for candidates who have: 

  • A proven track record for leading tech teams, managing complex analytical projects and delivery of data driven solutions. 
  • Experience working with enterprise clients developing advanced data strategies, data analysis and complex measurement projects to improve business efficiency and profitability. 
  • Experience working in agriculture field and knowledge on commercial farm operations and management in some capacity would be an added advantage  
  • Possess analytical, problem-solving and consultative skillsan individual which is outcomes driven, with an excellent ability to distill complex questions into meaningful data-driven recommendations 
  • Passionate for entrepreneurship and innovations in agrifoodtech  

Sunway FutureX, an innovation hub measuring 50,000 sqft, will be launched as a venture building and innovation hub with a focus on agrifoodtech.  This is in line with Sunway City Kuala Lumpur’s vision to be a living laboratory where ideas are generated to address the challenges facing humanity. At SunwayFutureX Farm, we operate 4 farms utilising different farming technologies – an indoor vertical farm, outdoor hydroponics greenhouse and two aquaponics farms. Our farms are built to address four key objectives – Nourish, Educate, Empower and Innovate. 

Senior Executive, Admin & Operations (Full Time, 12-month Contract)

In the performance of his/her duties, the post holder will report to iLabs Foundry Manager. The post holder is responsible for operational administrative works of iLabs Foundry that may include academia-industry collaboration, student entrepreneurial programme and space management.

Specific Duties of the Role

  • Assists in managing academia-industry collaboration projects, ensuring that all work is delivered on-time, on budget and with quality. This includes facilitating regular project meetings with industry clients and internal stakeholders.
  • Supports the administrative and operational activities of iLabs Foundry, such as execution of agreements, procurement processes, financial processes, space maintenance, inventory management and etc.
  • Develops and maintains an effective control system of filing, recording, proper documentation, reporting and information housekeeping (finance and non-finance)
  • Manages the iLabs Foundry databases and support in the preparation for internal/ external audits and other quality assurance documentation/ requirements/ visits
  • Assists in the planning and execution of marketing initiatives and events of iLabs Foundry

Any other duties as and when assigned from time to time.

Requirements

  • At least 2-5 years of administrative and operations experience in the related field
  • Possess project management skillsets or work experience will be a plus point
  • Ability to pick up new tools and system quickly
  • Excellent interpersonal skill – able to engage with a diverse pool of people (e.g. business people and university researchers)
  • Superior multi-tasking skills -ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines and attend to pressing matters
  • Strong organisational and time management skills with attention to details 

If these roles interest you, please send your resume to ‘ilabs.community@sunway.edu.my’
and we will be in touch.

If these roles interest you, please send your resume to
‘ilabs.community@sunway.edu.my’ and we will be in touch.