High Throughput Screening Lead

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 role of High Throughput Screening Lead will be to manage a team of scientists and research assistants, providing strategic leadership and pipeline development. This position will play a key role in reviewing and developing screening assays, working cross-functionally to deliver high quality screening data, and producing regular data reports to senior leadership.



  • Becomes a strong team leader
    • Meets with all peers to understand their functions
    • Emphasizes and supports professional development for team
    • Schedules monthly meetings with team
  • Reviews, suggests, and begins implementing a clear strategic direction for screening team
    • Understands gaps in current pipeline
    • Provides standardized reporting of pipeline
    • Develops metrics for evaluation of success rates
  • Reviews screening assays and suggest improvements/additions
    • Prioritizes current screening assays
    • Provides feedback on format and throughput
    • Develops plan to deliver upon screening assay pipeline
  • Reviews and delivers quality screening data
    • Reviews screening data and creates visualizations of results
    • Works with Data Sciences team to deliver pertinent strain characteristic data
    • Integrates with RTP screening efforts
    • Ensures that screening data is QC’ed by data management and uploaded to master file
  • Understands and embodies our purpose & core values
    • Understands our purpose and core values and what makes Indigo different from other companies
    • Demonstrates personal and/or professional passion for our core values
    • Widely viewed as someone who personifies our core values, is committed to them, and leans on them when making difficult decisions


  • Excellent data analysis and visualization skills (using R and Spotfire)
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Advocate for automation
  • Capable of prioritizing demands and pivoting when needed
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Team player
  • Approachable to direct reports and actively listens and responds to feedback


  • Ph.D. in plant biology, microbiology, or a related field
  • Experience with developing automation
  • Proven experience building and leading a team of scientists
  • Experience managing external collaborators
  • Experience in plant/microbe assay validation
  • Strong track record of leading multiple cross-functional projects
  • Proven record of running HTS in an industrial setting
  • Industry experience on a screening or pipeline team

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