BioInnovation Image Analysis 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 Image Analysis Co-Op will aid in the development and implementation of image analysis algorithms for extracting as much information from plant images as possible, helping to accelerate Indigo’s R&D pipeline. They will work to continually improve the quality and depth of optical and hyperspectral imaging analysis and develop methods to capture novel features. As a member of the image analysis team within BioInnovation at Indigo, they will work collaboratively to rapidly drive research and product development forward using computer vision and machine learning tools.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Understand our current imaging capabilities and image analysis pipeline
  • Understand current image analysis code base
  • Suggest new methods for extraction of novel metrics from plant images
  • Use Jupyter Notebooks to develop and prototype these new methods
  • Optimize quality and robustness of image analysis pipeline
  • Identify weaknesses and failure modes of our current algorithms, and propose solutions
  • Review image analysis code base for efficiency
  • Design unit tests for existing and new modules
  • Document code within image analysis repositories
  • 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

  • Collaborative, team player
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Fast learner
  • Passionate about image analysis and computer vision
  • Knowledge of statistics
  • Skilled at coding in Python, including NumPy, Pandas, SciPy
  • Experience with Jupyter Notebooks
  • Prior experience with version control (Git) a plus
  • Prior experience with image analysis libraries (scikit-image and OpenCV) a plus
  • Prior experience with databases a plus
  • Writes well-documented, maintainable code in a collaborative environment
  • Strong attention to detail

 

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