Media Production Technician (Temporary, Part-Time) at Indigo
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 Ag works alongside its growers to apply natural approaches, conserve resources for future generations, and grow healthy food for all. Indigo’s Biological Products, Marketplace, and Carbon offerings improve grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health. Indigo Marketplace is a platform connecting growers with a network of buyers to secure optimal prices for their crops and offers hands-on control of a grower’s business through a range of pricing tools, real-time national bid discovery, and automated grain sales. Carbon by Indigo is a platform paying growers for increases in soil carbon content and decreases in greenhouse gas emissions. It helps growers realize additional revenue, healthier soils, and a more resilient farm by participation in a market of high-quality carbon credits – supported by rigorous quantification standards. 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.
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.
Indigo’s Bioprocessing, Formulations, and Quality Assurance groups are seeking a part-time, temporary contractor as a Media Preparation Technician to join our group and help in the development of micro-organism based agricultural products that increase crop yield and improve stress tolerance using organisms isolated from the plant microbiome. The candidates should possess a general understanding of microbiology and chemistry and be able to apply their knowledge for media plate production and QC. This will be a contract position that is also part-time.
Main responsibilities for the position will be:
- Precisely follow protocol/recipe to make specific media types
- Operate media production device (Media-Clave and Media-Jet)
- Operate autoclave for material preparation
- Properly clean media production devices
- Document reagents and run settings, for traceability
- Monitor sterility of plates on a weekly basis and record QC results in an instructed location
The candidate should be enrolled or graduated in associate degree (or higher level) program in the area of microbiology, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, bioprocessing, or a related field. This will be an ideal position for students (but not limited to) who would like to work afternoon (4+ hours per day for during weekdays) or/and weekends (9+ hours per day for 2 weekend days). The expected working hours will be up to 30 hours per week depending on the work shift (one operation/run will be 4+ hours).
Although entry level individual can be trained, if the candidate possesses following experiences and skills will be a plus:
- Laboratory microbiology and aseptic techniques
- Wet chemistry skills including preparation of buffers and media
- Mechanical aptitude and comfortable operating lab equipment
The candidate should also possess the following qualities:
- Follow instructions and comfortable to ask questions
- Observant with a strong attention to detail
- Perform laboratory work in a clean and safe manner
- Strong organizational skills and a commitment to documentation and record keeping
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
We’re building the technology to feed the world and fight climate change. We believe that through teamwork we can achieve more to benefit all of agriculture: from farmers to consumers to the planet. Game changers don't fit in a box. The requirements listed above are examples of what we think enables success in this role, but we recognize the impossibility of fully capturing a singularly perfect description, and we believe in the power of diversified and creative displays of skills and qualifications. We embrace unconventional. We embrace creativity. We embrace a challenge to the status quo. If the specifications in the list below aren’t an exact match... great! Apply, be you, and be proud that you aren’t ordinary (we certainly aren’t!).
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status