Agronomic Data Scientist at Indigo

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Indigo is a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. With a vision of creating a world where farming is an economically desirable and accessible profession, Indigo works alongside its growers to apply natural approaches, grow healthy food for all, and conserve resources for future generations. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes to improve crop health and productivity, Indigo’s portfolio is focused on cotton, wheat, rice, corn, and soybeans. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA, with commercial and customer service based in Memphis, TN. www.indigoag.com

The role of the Agronomic Data Scientist will create data-driven insights pulling from field experimentation across Indigo and the wider literature to support the creation of new Agronomic Products that empowers grower decision making to profitably produce food while generating carbon credits. The Agronomic Data Scientist role will be a key part of the Field Experimentation group in the Agronomic Products team of Indigo Carbon. The Field Experimentation group supports the design, execution, and analysis of research to improve grower profitability and sustainability. The group also supports design and strategy of field research across all of Indigo.

Responsibilities

  • Own and manage current data flows for field experiments and define strategies for improvement
    • Define hand-offs to engineering or other teams for standardized analysis and storage of results
    • Collaborate with relevant data collection, engineering, and analyses teams to develop more efficient, spatially aware methodologies for experiments
    • Collaborate with necessary stakeholders to re-assess the value of all of our data collection efforts and make recommendations to maximize value and minimize cost
  • Support a road map for prioritized analyses
    • Participate in sprints on geospatial field, time series, and text-based data for our Agronomic Products team
    • Work cross-functionally to support a road map of analyses to feed our Agronomic Product tools and drive grower behavior change
    • Contribute to a strategy to combine internal and external data sources and field experiments
  • Build and sustain positive relationships with the Indigo Research Partners team, Precision Ag Specialists, Field Data Solutions, GeoInnovation and other functional groups within Indigo
  • Deliver initial analyses on cover crop experiments and support additional carbon analysis
  • Synthesize data collected from multiple streams, as well as management best practices to determine the optimal systems to improve grower profitability and support Indigo Research Partners and our Key Accounts team

Competencies

  • Able to embrace new paradigms for analyzing agronomic data
  • Able to maintain a clear vision of the grower’s needs and where their success is critical while demonstrating grower empathy
  • Demonstrated ability to assemble data from multiple sources (specifically, agronomic field data from a multi-region or large geographical areas spanning many environments) into summaries capable of driving decisions to meet business or scientific objectives
  • Able to work with farm-scale trial design, data management, and spatial data analysis
  • Thrives within ambiguity; capable of creating clarity through organization and prioritization
  • Excels at communicating data analysis at the interface of business and agronomy/data science via documentation (e.g. wiki, PowerPoint)
  • Extremely comfortable working with messy data-sets from a variety of non-normalized sources
  • Highly organized and collaborative; able to influence without authority
  • Understands the agronomic and financial outcomes that drive grower profitability; capable of using that knowledge to prioritize analyses and connect insights to action
  • Completes necessary tasks, even menial ones, with joy
  • Enjoys capturing complex analyses problems; able to identify and apply appropriate advanced statistical analysis techniques as necessary
  • Solution-oriented
  • Able to think critically

Qualifications

  • 1+ years’ experience in Ag industry working with and creating value from field data
  • BS or MS in data sciences or agricultural discipline
  • 1+ years’ experience working with Agile or Scrum processes preferred
  • Experience with spatial data analysis, data aggregation, and geovisualization (fluent in git, Python, SQL, and QGIS or ESRI GIS)
  • Familiar with agriculture-specific data sources, such as MyJohnDeere and Granular
  • This role is based in Boston, MA

Indigo is committed to living our values, specifically “creating a work environment where everyone feels respected, connected, and has opportunities to learn and grow.” As part of living our values, we strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where everyone feels they can be themselves and has an equal opportunity of succeeding.

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Location

On the edge of Charlestown, we are within walking distance to restaurants and bars. The Sullivan Square T and bus stop is also right next door!

An Insider's view of Indigo

What projects are you most excited about?

Our mission is to provide agronomists with unbiased real-time data we are collecting across thousands of acres at the ground level and from space. It's such a thrill to be working on the data and analysis perspective of this massively cross-disciplinary team that helps agronomists initiate data-powered conversations to provide substantial results.

Jyoti

Principal Data Scientist

What makes someone successful on your team?

A successful Indigo team member is someone willing to continuously learn and improve, regardless of experience or role. Whether you’re an Engineer, Account Manager, Business Analyst, or Scientist, successful team members keep the bigger picture in mind and bridge disciplines to solve problems facing the incredibly complex system that is agriculture

Hilary

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