Senior Data Engineer, Biological Products 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, conserve resources for future generations, and grow healthy food for all.  

Indigo’s Biological Products organization develops products based upon our deep understanding of the plant microbiome. The company has commercialized such products for cotton, wheat, barley, corn, soybeans, and rice in North America, Latin America, and Europe under the biotrinsic™ brand. Our R&D and product development teams are working to continue to develop products that address the growing number of abiotic and biotic stresses that crops experience worldwide. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Memphis, TN, Research Triangle Park, NC, Basel, Switzerland, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and São Paulo, Brazil. 

As a Sr. Data Engineer in Biological Products, you will have the opportunity to work across multiple research and technology teams to design and architect our database systems. Our team captures, integrates, and visualizes complex scientific datasets to accelerate research and product development at Indigo. We are looking for someone with expertise in database architecture and management, including schema creation and modification to drive efficiency in data cleaning, quality control, handling, analyzing, and visualizing complex data sets. The ideal candidate will be team oriented, excited for new challenges, comfortable in a fast faced and dynamic environment, and have a strong interest in scientific data. 


  • Work with stakeholders to ensure smooth operation of all data pipelines in Biological Products.
  • Build new data models, tables, and views to capture R&D data 
  • Develop, improve, and migrate data to better models when needed, while maintaining the existing research pipelines.
  • Update existing code and create new code as needed (python, SQL) into reusable pipelines and tools to support research activities.
  • Understand the data and the business needs to propose new views and data pipelines.
  • Help create prioritized map of needed pipelines to build and improve.
  • Support prototyping of new visuals, data dashboarding, and data analytics pipelines
  • Contribute to the production of high-quality code (python, SQL).
  • Expertly review code, have your code reviewed, and mentor other engineers. 
  • Contribute to strong data governance: identify where further QA/QC of the data is needed and create processes and tools to improve the data quality by working closely with the researchers and data scientists.
  • Build standards of excellence for database design, and serve as an advocate across Indigo for data quality and data engineering
  • Contribute to development of data engineering strategic initiatives and long-term planning


  • Experience in understanding deeply the data and business logic and in evaluating the context and pain points around data handling
  • Proficient in understanding and building complex SQL queries
  • Proficient in building clear and organized python code
  • Proficient in understanding and maintaining complex analytical pipelines
  • Empathy and passion for understanding research activities, data challenges, and user needs and requirements
  • Excellent communicator and team player
  • Works well in cross-functional environments with frequent context switching 
  • Passion for concise and thorough documentation
  • Able to prioritize conflicting demands, and comfortable with ambiguity and challenging company goals
  • Able to work independently and drive to solutions with minimal direction


  • 7+ years of experience in data engineering, data management, data operations or analytics OR equivalent combination of MS degree and relevant work experience
  • Broad science or industry experience (ag tech, data science, tech, life sciences, etc.) in a fast-paced and quickly pivoting environment
  • Expertise in SQL and Python required
  • Strong analytical skills and experience with research data and data modeling required
  • Background in statistics is a plus
  • Experience with AWS services is a plus
  • Experience working with agile software development teams


  • Health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family
  • Generous time off
  • Parental leave
  • A remote-first organization with flexible work hours
  • 401(k) plan

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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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! We are currently working remote/hybrid with the exception of our fantastic Biotrinsic team who work from the office and lab space here.

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.


Principal Data Scientist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Since joining Indigo in 2018, I’ve launched our agronomist drone program, program managed an international soil health innovation competition, evangelized for our geospatial data analytics team, and built a decision-making tool to help growers begin their regenerative journey. The only thing that limits your career at Indigo, is your own curiosity.


Sr. Product Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

Since joining Indigo in 2018, my manager has always provided me with great feedback and room to focus on growing my skills from a dedicated API Engineer to having a strong full stack foundation. Simultaneously I’ve been encouraged to pursue a Tech Lead Manager role; a position I now occupy thanks to my hard work and the company's trust and support.


Tech Lead 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
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
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns

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