What if nature could be harnessed to help farmers sustainably feed the planet? Since 2014, Indigo has questioned agriculture's full value chain to improve grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health. The company’s scientific discoveries and digital innovations have amplified new value from soil to sale, benefiting more than 10,000 growers to date. Indigo is also the company behind The Terraton Initiative, a global effort to drawdown one trillion tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide by unlocking the potential of agricultural soils. In 2019, Indigo was ranked #1 on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Indigo has additional offices in Memphis, TN; Research Triangle Park, NC; Sydney, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Basel, Switzerland; and São Paulo, Brazil.
The Soil Carbon Science team, an interdisciplinary group of scientists at the heart of Indigo’s carbon credit program, is looking to hire a Senior Soil Scientist to quantify the climate benefits of adopting regenerative land-management practices. Indigo is running a soil sampling program at the scale of thousands of fields and millions of acres to support its Carbon program. Sample collection and analysis protocols that balance scientific rigor with commercial, agronomic and economic feasibility are crucial to the success of a carbon crediting program that can be implemented by growers. Development and evolution of these protocols is driven by scientific advancements, by data collected from field teams sampling commercial agricultural fields across the US, and by data collected from field experiments designed to pressure-test assumptions and guide business decisions. The scientist in this role will lead data-driven efforts to select cost-effective approaches for large scale deployment that minimize uncertainty in the measurement and monitoring of soils enrolled in Indigo’s carbon crediting program. This scientist will analyze and interpret results for a variety of stakeholders, as well as co-author publications describing Indigo Carbon program methods and results, engaging the broader scientific community in key challenges. Implementing nature-based solutions to climate change will require innovative approaches to soil science. The scientist in this role will support collaborations with academics and NGO’s to help keep Indigo at the cutting-edge of technology to enable advances in agricultural sustainability at a continental scale.
- Become an expert in the soil sampling SOPs for Indigo’s commercial and experimental programs and own the process of making strategic improvements.
- Be the expert in scientific discussion on soil sampling methods in crediting protocols, in terms of near-term and long-term potential uses in Indigo’s Carbon program
- Review and become familiar with process and documentation for collecting soils and management data from growers for carbon credit verification
- Review and become familiar with Indigo’s experimental program and how it relates to our commercial Carbon program
- Become familiar with stakeholders and key points of contact for collecting soils and management data from growers
- Develop competency in navigating Indigo’s databases where soils and grower data are stored, as well as linkages to carbon credit quantification methods.
- Collaborate with Field Experimentation team to analyze and interpret data to inform our Carbon program
- Co-own discussions of how to handle edge cases during soil sampling and collaborate on analyses evaluating soil sampling under a variety of field conditions.
- Own the connection between biogeochemical models and experimental design of soil data collection
- Collaborate with Field Experimentation team to write peer-reviewed publications that share key methods and results and engages with the broader scientific community
- Develop a long-term roadmap for advancing soil sampling processes, documentation and methods, aligning with Indigo objectives to achieve scale with minimal burden to growers
- Strong cross-team collaborative communication
- Demonstrated bias towards action
- Frequently assembles and interprets large scale and variable datasets with multiple sources of uncertainty to drive decisions to meet business or scientific objectives
- Prepared to consider scientific experimentation and field sampling at the scale of thousands of growers and millions of acres
- Enjoys collaborating in an interdisciplinary environment
- Able to communicate complicated scientific concepts to a variety of audiences, including growers, software developers, agronomists, and business executives
- Balance between being very detailed oriented and operations minded
- Thrives within ambiguity; capable of creating clarity through organization and prioritization
- Excels at maintaining clear documentation
- Completes necessary tasks, even menial ones, with joy
- Ph.D. in Soil Science or relevant domain. Industry experience preferred
- Familiarity with data analysis software (Python, R, SQL, Github, etc.) preferred
- Strong technical expert in soil science, preferably in an agronomic context
- Soil sampling experience required
- Experience performing soil lab analysis (dry combustion, nutrient testing, soil texture) and interpreting lab results strongly preferred
- Experience with project management software or customer facing applications is a plus
Indigo is committed to living our values, specifically “creating a work environment where everyone feels respected, connected, and has opportunities to learn and grow.” As part of living our values, we strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where everyone feels they can be themselves and has an equal opportunity of succeeding.