Computational Biologist I
Indigo improves grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health through the use of natural microbiology and digital technologies. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes and agronomic insights, Indigo works with growers to sustainably produce high quality harvests. The company then connects growers and 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, and São Paulo, Brazil. http://www.indigoag.com/
The Computational Biologist will be use modern bioinformatics tools and method to screen Indigo’s microbial genomic library for functional traits beneficial to plant and will deliver hypothesis-driven microbial nominations to the screening pipeline. The Computational Biologist will contribute to enrich our internal microbial functional knowledgebase (MFKB) with current scientific knowledge on plant microbe interactions under biotic and abiotic stresses; generate hypotheses on microbial functions and their interactions with plant, and integrate multiple data streams to characterize strain performance and evaluate our strain nomination rationales. The Computational Biologist will propose and conduct comparative genomic experiments to predict strain diversity, metabolic potential, and interaction with plant.
Use bioinformatic methods and tools to identify microbial functional traits valuable for sustainable agriculture, synthesize hypotheses and guide testing activities
Own microbial nominations into the pipeline for biotic stresses across all crops, globally.
Expand and upgrade criteria and rationales for microbial nominations into the pipeline to improve nomination success as measure by their performances in targeted screening assays
Collaborate with Bioinformatician and Software Engineer to refine tools and interfaces to genomic and phenotypic data such that scientists across the company can fully leverage the value of the Indigo data asset
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.