RNA Sequencing Intern

| 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 Research and Scientific Insights team at Indigo Headquarters in Charlestown, MA is seeking a summer 2019 intern to develop applications of RNA sequencing to identify genes associated with desired microbial behaviors. The intern will familiarize themselves with the microbial characterization assays performed at Indigo, and adapt these assays to measure microbial gene expression during these assays. Further, the intern will assess the taxonomic diversity of microbes represented in our collection to determine which microbes will yield the most useful information from RNA sequencing studies to best inform Indigo’s product pipeline. This is an exciting opportunity to employ the scientific method in an industrial setting to make discoveries that improve Indigo’s ability to make beneficial microbial products. This role is expected to require 40 hours per week for 3 months during the summer in Charlestown, MA.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and conduct experiments to measure gene expression of microbes under controlled assay conditions
  • Purify RNA from diverse microbes and prepare RNA sequencing libraries
  • Computationally analyze RNA sequencing data to identify genes associated with desired microbial behaviors
  • Make rigorous notes of experiments and communicate results across Indigo teams to enable application of results

 

Competencies:

  • Background in molecular biology, preferably with a focus on microbes or environmental plant-microbe interactions
  • Laboratory experience, specifically with nucleic acid extraction and sequencing library preparation
  • Experience designing and applying protocols to novel situations
  • Experience with computational data analysis, preferably with Python
  • Proven track record of completing scientific research projects
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate scientific results clearly to different audiences
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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

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