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Research Associate, Plant Biology (Temporary Role)

| Greater Boston Area

Indigo improves grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health through the use of natural microbiology and digital technologies. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes and agronomic insights, Indigo works with growers to sustainably produce high quality harvests. The company then connects growers and buyers directly to bring these harvests to market. Working across the supply chain, Indigo is forwarding its mission of harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Memphis, TN, Research Triangle Park, NC, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and São Paulo, Brazil. http://www.indigoag.com/

The role of Research Associate is responsible for daily experimental processes and upkeep in both the greenhouse and the lab facilities. Research Associates work directly with all levels of colleagues, peers, and scientists to execute and report on research experiments. Additionally, they coordinate efforts across teams and departments to test innovative technologies and products.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of efficacy experiments for new product concepts
  • Contribute to greenhouse operations
  • Execute greenhouse experiments
  • Run standard molecular assays (qPCR, DNA & RNA extractions)
  • Generate reports on experiments for the wider organization
  • Understands and embodies our mission & core values
  • Excited by Indigo’s mission; believes that Indigo can fundamentally change the agriculture industry; can clearly articulate passion for our mission and values
  • Optimistic and innovative; solution-oriented; shows no signs of cynicism
  • Will be widely viewed as someone who personifies our core values, is committed to them, and leans on them when making decisions. Specifically:
  • Demonstrates a track record of high integrity - doing the right thing, owning mistakes, conducting oneself honestly
  • Values, communicates and interacts with others with high levels of transparency and respect
  • Collaborates well across functions; creates an inspiring and collegial work environment

Competencies:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Able and excited to work across various scientific teams
  • Proactive: a demonstrated ability to plan and organize experiments and processes
  • Meticulous at record-keeping and data management
  • Positive, even in fast-paced environments
  • Excellent organizational skills, including with time management
  • Quick learner, with a strong growth-mindset

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree, ideally in plant biology, agronomy, or horticulture
    • candidates with academic backgrounds in microbiology are also welcomed to apply
  • An understanding of basic plant biology and physiology
  • Experience working in a research or R&D greenhouse
  • Molecular bench work experience preferred
  • Ability to conduct statistical analyses


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • TypescriptLanguages
    • GraphQLLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • ExpressFrameworks
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    • MySQLDatabases
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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

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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