Bioprocessing Lab Technician, Fermentation

  • Indigo
  • Boston, MA
  • Mar 12, 2021

Job Description

 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; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Basel, Switzerland; and São Paulo, Brazil. 

Indigo’s Bioprocessing Group is seeking a Laboratory Technician to join our team and assist in the development of microbial based agricultural products that increase crop yield and improve stress tolerance using organisms isolated from the plant microbiome. The Laboratory Technician will be a part of the development of stable and robust seed treatment products by assisting in the fermentation, downstream processing, and production of microbial products.

The candidate should possess a general understanding of microbiology and chemistry and be able to utilize their knowledge for practical, laboratory tasks. This is a hands-on, laboratory-based position and the candidate will work in collaboration with other scientists and engineers to carry out their work. The candidate will be a part of the Bioprocessing Development team



  • Prepare microbial media, assay reagents and materials for upstream bioprocessing group
  • Clean and sterilize glassware, maintain lab-scale bioreactors and associated equipment
  • Maintain and take ownership of laboratory cleanliness and organization
  • Interface with facilities and procurement teams to maintain inventory of lab supplies
  • Assist the team with execution of lab-scale process development experimentation
  • Assist the team with characterization of microbial cultures via quantitative microbiological and molecular assays, microscopy, flow cytometry


  • Strong microbiology skills and experience enumerating bacterial and/or fungal samples using CFU plating
  • High attention to detail, organized, and a willingness to learn
  • Proactive with self-prioritization and problem solving, able to work independently
  • Effectively manages complexity and change; experience in a startup environment is a plus
  • Demonstrates a track record of high integrity - doing the right thing, owning mistakes, conducting oneself honestly
  • Communicates and interacts with others with high levels of transparency and respect
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback and possesses a desire to continuously improve
  • Understand and embody Indigo’s mission & core values


  • An associate or bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, microbiology, biotechnology or a related field with 0-2 years’ experience in a laboratory environment
  • Experience with aseptic technique and basic wet lab equipment required
  • Experience interpreting and following written laboratory protocols, recording and interpreting data
  • Proficiency with computer-based data management and Microsoft Office
  • Experience operating autoclaves, laboratory glasswashers, and media preparation equipment 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.


Organization Type



Food & Agriculture

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