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Sr. Engineer, Seed Applications

| 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 Senior Engineer, Seed Applications will be responsible for designing, conducting, and analyzing experiments that support the development of Indigo’s microbial seed treatments and their use in large scale, commercial seed treaters. The primary responsibilities of the position will be to develop protocols and characterization techniques that assess key characteristics of Indigo’s seed treatment formulations on seed and in seed treatment equipment. These efforts will be to support existing commercial products as well as the development of new, unproven products that are part of the Indigo R&D pipeline. This position is a laboratory based, hands on position that will interact closely with the Formulations, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain teams. 

Responsibilities:

  • Establish and conduct experiments to characterize Indigo microbial seed treatments as they are applied to a variety of crops. Methods will assess characteristics such as:
    • Rheology of formulations in seed treaters
    • Seed coverage and uniformity
    • Dust off
    • Flowability
    • Plantability
    • Cleanability of formulations
  • Work closely with the Formulations team to evaluate Indigo microbial formulations in lab scale equipment that correlate to use at large scale, commercial seed treaters.
    • Identify the limitations of these formulations and provide feedback to the Formulations team for further development.
  • Identify and procure equipment to conduct scale down seed treatment for characterization and seed treatment protocol development
  • Develop seed treatment protocols and support tech transfer of these protocols to seed treatment partners.
  • Create a database of Indigo seed treatment partners that includes process flow diagrams, equipment specifications, and relevant details of individual seed treatment processes.

 

Competencies:

  • Expertise, experience, and/or the ability to apply background to seed treatment processes and equipment.
  • Expertise and/or ability to apply background to the characterization of seed treatments and seed coatings. This includes the practical knowledge to perform the seed treatments and analytical techniques themselves.
  • Design, conduct, and analyze experiments. This is a laboratory based, hands on position. 
  • Ability to read and create process flow diagrams.
  • Communicate findings with the Formulations, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain teams.
  • Team player and advisor to Formulations, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain teams.
  • Ability to operate and repair seed treatment equipment and associated analytical equipment. Ability to “turn a wrench”. 
  • Experience or ability to potentially lead a small R&D team.
  • Forward thinking, innovative, flexible, and able to change directions rapidly.
  • Work in a safe manner in both laboratory and production environments.

 

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in seed treatment or a field such as coatings, process development, or other relevant industries.
  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree in engineering; physical, material, or biological sciences; agriculture; or other relevant field of study.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and ability to trouble shoot equipment and processes.
  • Strong background in experimental design and analysis of experimental data.
  • Prior experience taking unproven seed treatment formulations or relevant coating technologies from the lab to commercial scale.
  • Experience in a technical service environment is a plus.
  • The position is based in Boston and requires a full-time presence in Boston.
  • Able to travel up to 20% of the time, including some international travel.
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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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