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, grow healthy food for all, and conserve resources for future generations. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes to improve crop health and productivity, Indigo’s portfolio is focused on cotton, wheat, rice, corn, and soybeans. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA, with commercial and customer service based in Memphis, TN. www.indigoag.com

Indigo is looking for an experienced microbial taxonomist to enable our effort to identify strains and develop the next generations of microbial products to improve agriculture. The applicant will have experience in morphological, biochemical and nucleic acid based methods for taxonomic identification and characterization of bacteria and/or fungi. Understanding how to de-convolute microbial populations is a plus. The candidate will work in the Discovery team and have close collaborations across the R&D community and key interactions with data scientists, Regulatory and product development teams.

Outcomes:

  • Lead internal taxonomy projects using cross functional resources to allow characterization of our microbial strains to the species level
  • Provide updates to internal project team on the designation of our candidates for nomination through our pipeline 
  • Develop the pipeline for use the use of taxonomy methods for identification of our microbial strains at the species level
  • Build internal technical resources and skills to identify our novel strains
  • Implement automation in the pipeline to increase throughput
  • Design, analyze and interpret results of experiments
  • Describe novel species summarizing data collected from internal and external assays
  • Engage key opinion leaders in this emerging field to determine best practices
  • Work with cross functional internal team to collect data required for identification of the strains
  • Be an effective builder and facilitator of external collaborative efforts
  • Identify and establish collaborations with key opinion leaders to aid in identification of novel species
  • Engage the USDA to determine the methods to use our novel microbial strains in our commercial products
  • Implement assays in the cross functional team
  • Understands and embodies our purpose & core values

Competencies/Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent in microbiology, plant pathology, evolutionary biology, metagenomics or related field
  • Bacterial and/or fungal culturing methods
  • Light and/or electron microscopy and image processing
  • Biochemical analyses and taxonomic processes
  • Computational approaches in genomics, transcriptomics, and related analyses
  • Strong communication skills
  • Extensive publication record is expected
  • Demonstrated mastery in the use of phylogenetic computational tools
  • Work with the USDA or other governmental agencies is a plus
  • Ability to multitask and wear many hats
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