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Indigo improves grower profitability, environmental sustainability, & consumer health through the use of natural microbiology & digital technologies. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes & agronomic insights, Indigo works with growers to sustainably produce high quality harvests. The company then connects growers & 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, & So Paulo, Brazil.

Indigo is committed to living our values, specifically creating a work environment where everyone feels respected, connected, & has opportunities to learn & grow. As part of living our values, we strive to create a diverse & inclusive work environment where everyone feels they can be themselves & has an equal opportunity of succeeding.

The role of Scientist, Microbial Sourcing & Evaluation, will be responsible for running day-to-day operations of Indigos high throughput in vitro and in planta screening pipeline. This person will be responsible for adapting & aligning our assay repertoire to quickly assess a microbes promise to become a commercial product.


  • Become fully integrated with the screening team & fluent in performing all assays
    • Review current research pipeline & provide feedback on data
  • Collaborate with the BioInnovation team to design experiments that meet the needs of downstream data analysis
  • Know & own all essential processes for routine lab assays, from experimental planning through harvest, including:
    • Key data pipeline streams
    • Current assay throughput
    • Experimental design review to maximize efficiencies
  • Create professional development plans with all direct reports
  • Lead on project designs & communicate progress cross-functionally


  • Knowledge of statistics; experience with R or another statistics coding language
  • Curious; strong desire to continue learning
  • Able to identify own opportunities for development
  • Detail oriented & work in process-oriented environment
  • Excellent written & oral communication
  • Proven experience working cross-functionally & in a matrix management structure
  • Team-centric in their approach to work; instinctively collaborative
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing project environment; an adaptable organizer & project manager who can quickly re-prioritize
  • Enthusiastic about people management
  • Work effectively with BioInnovation to ensure state of the art data capture, management, & analysis
  • Understand & embody our mission & core values
    • Excited by Indigos mission; believe that Indigo can fundamentally change the agriculture industry; can clearly articulate passion for our mission & values
    • Optimistic & innovative; solution-oriented; shows no signs of cynicism
    • Will be widely viewed as someone who personifies our core values, is committed to them, & 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 & interacts with others with high levels of transparency & respect
      • Collaborates well across functions; creates an inspiring & collegial work environment


  • Advanced degree in plant biology, microbiology, or plant physiologya Ph.D. would be ideal, but significant professional experience can be used in place of education
  • Experience in plant phenotyping, plant physiology is a plus
  • Knowledge of biochemistry & agriculture are plusses
  • Previous experience in fast-paced industrial setting preferred
  • Understand the interactions between microbes & plants. Can provide insights on how to study the interaction & turn it into assays
  • Previous experience with implementing automated solutions to high throughput biological assay screens
  • Excellent communicator, capable of effectively describing & visualizing results with data; experience with data visualization software helpful
  • Experience managing fast-paced teams of diverse backgrounds; fluent in plant-focused & microbe-focused research team structures
  • Experience managing junior scientists & incorporating thoughtful plans for their professional development into their workflow
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