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Research Associate II, Abiotic Stress

| Greater Boston Area

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, conserve resources for future generations, and grow healthy food for all. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes to improve crop health and productivity, Indigo’s portfolio is focused on cotton, wheat, corn, soybeans, and rice. The company, founded by Flagship Pioneering, is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Memphis, TN, Research Triangle Park, NC, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and São Paulo, Brazil. www.indigoag.com

Key Outcomes:

  • Become familiar with:
    • Indigo’s screening pipeline
    • Greenhouse experiments
    • Greenhouse and headhouse operations
  • Execute screening assays in greenhouse (sowing, watering, harvesting, collect, store, track and analyze experiment data)
  • Become comfortable using lab automation equipment to maximize throughput
  • Execute experiments independently and set up microbial screening assays and in planta experiments
  • Dispose of research material; clean and maintain headhouse as per best management practices
  • Support experimental design, experiment implementation and capture of physiology metrics
  • Support and enable implementation on automation technologies such as automated watering, electronic data capture and digital imaging
  • Contribute to new assay development, own specific projects in coordination with scientists to identify microbial candidates to move to next stage in pipeline

Competencies:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Able to communicate effectively written and oral across multiple groups
  • Able to prioritize multiple needs and deadlines
  • Strong ability to work independently
  • Experience handling multiple projects
  • Ability to adapt to many different techniques in a short period of time
  • Team player
  • Willingness to learn new material frequently
  • Proficient in managing large data sets in Excel, R, Python or similar platform
  • Passionate about sustainability and Indigo’s mission and core values

Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree with 2-3 years’ experience in plant biology and/or agriculture
  • Greenhouse work and basic management experience required
  • Plant phenotyping experience required
  • Lab, data collection experience required
  • Plant assay and screening experience required
  • Experience working with ARM strongly desirable
  • Data collection, management and analysis (Excel, R or Python) is required; SQL knowledge is desired
  • Ability to lift up to 70 Ib. using a forklift
  • Creative, organized, methodical and meticulous
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • TypescriptLanguages
    • GraphQLLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases

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

Software Product Manager

What are Indigo Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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