Temporary Research Associate, Genomics

| 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, Genomics is to support laboratory efforts in developing novel applications of genomics to uncover scientific insights that improve Indigo’s pipeline for identifying beneficial soil microbes as commercial products. The RA will carry out careful experiments to isolate microbial cells from complex plant environments and isolate nucleic acids for genomic analysis. The RA will also prepare sequencing libraries from isolated nucleic acids and contribute to analysis of genomic data. This is an exciting opportunity to employ the scientific method in an industrial setting and to contribute to creating transformational microbial products at Indigo. This role is expected to require 40 hours per week.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the execution of experiments involving isolation of microbial cells and nucleic acids from plant material
  • Prepare sequencing libraries from DNA and/or RNA
  • Make rigorous notes of experiments and communicate results across Indigo teams
  • Demonstrate an ability to improve assays and protocols, through observation and scientific knowledge

Competencies:

  • Background in life sciences, preferably with knowledge of microbiology and molecular biology
  • Laboratory experience, specifically with nucleic acid extraction and sequencing library preparation
  • Experience with designing and applying protocols to novel situations
  • Experience growing microbes and plants preferred
  • Experience with data analysis preferred, especially using Python programming
  • Ability to translate a research plan into a well executed experiment
  • Proven track record of completing tasks and projects
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate results effectively to diverse audiences
  • High energy, enthusiastic, positive attitude
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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

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What are Indigo Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
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Onsite Gym
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401(K)
Company Equity
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Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
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Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
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Commuter Benefits
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