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Liquid State Fermentation Co-op

| Greater Boston Area

Liquid State Fermentation Co-op

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, barley, 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

The co-op will support the screening and late stage development of identified microbes within the bioprocessing pipeline. They will assist in developing assays in support of the liquid state candidates and refining assays currently being utilized. The co-op student will be able to familiarize themselves with dozens of unique microorganisms and provide insight into potential intricacies of their specific growth needs and help identify key nutrients and compounds which could potentially be beneficial for the overall stability of the organism from a product perspective.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Process time course samples for liquid fermentation experiments
  • Maintain databases for liquid fermentation experiments
  • Run, troubleshoot, and refine current plate-based assays used for offline analysis of liquid fermentation samples
  • Independently research and report on microbes and potential compounds/nutrients related to stability
  • Design, execute, and present on an independent research project pertaining to either process improvements or product stability
  • Batch media, buffers, and supplementary solutions and sterilize them for liquid fermentation experiments
  • Clean, assemble, and sterilize fermentation equipment
  • Familiarize themselves with all equipment and technology associated with liquid fermentation development experiments
  • Maintain a lab notebook with all protocols, notes, and results both electronically and paper
  • Assist other members of the Liquid State Fermentation team with daily tasks and experiments
  • Potentially cross-train with the Solid State Fermentation team of Bioprocessing to gain exposure into alternative fermentation methods
  • Understand and embody our purpose & 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

  • Fluent in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Competent in Aseptic Technique
  • Familiar with Microbiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, or previous experience working in a laboratory environment
  • Transparent in their communications to efficiently utilize their time while at work
  • Honesty in the number of projects they can complete
  • Willingness to complete all tasks assigned within a reasonable amount of time
  • Ability to work both autonomously and closely with team members on projects
  • Ability to both give and receive feedback
  • Familiar with data visualization software (Spotfire, JMP)
  • Personable and able to interact with various personality types
  • Willingness to stay until all tasks are completed, within reason
  • Having a track record of punctuality is a must


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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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