Image Analysis 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 Image Analysis Lead will build a comprehensive image analysis strategy and tools throughout Indigo from laboratory assays to field imagery.  They will accelerate Indigo’s R+D pipeline by automating experimental analysis with image processing and suggest new imaging strategies and derived metrics to improve our understanding of our microbes and their interactions with plants.  Additionally, they will enlarge our understanding of field data with real time image analysis from sources ranging from UAVs to satellites.  Developing a unified strategy for image analysis uniting R+D and field/commercial efforts will be fundamental to success in this role. 

Responsibilities:

  • Understand current internal imaging capabilities and identify existing gaps
    • Prioritize gaps in current imaging capabilities and create plan to fill gaps
  • Create strategic standardization plan for all imaging analyses
  • Design and communicate long-term pipeline for image analysis at Indigo, including imaging capabilities and cross functional uses

Competencies:

  • Very collaborative; team player; a leader through influence
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Fast learner; loves to learn about learning new state of the art technologies and techniques
  • Passionate and excited about image analysis
  • Able to design user-friendly image analysis tools and apply ML techniques to problems from laboratory scale to field scale
  • Able to handle geospatial data formats and understand their limitations
  • Able to prioritize conflicting demands
  • Able to create long-term project vision for assimilation across departments and a unified image analysis strategy
  • Comfortable with cloud-based systems, like AWS
  • Understand and embody Indigo’s core values and mission

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience in image analysis/processing (inclusive of any graduate education)
  • Skilled at coding in Python
  • Expertise in modern image analysis libraries (openCV, scikit-image and techniques)
  • Familiar with neural networks/deep learning and their uses in image analysis
  • Knowledgeable about different types of imaging devices and acquisition hardware, such as microscopes, cameras and other advanced instruments
  • Proven track record and understanding of already developed, “straight out of the box” tools
  • Well-versed in current state-of-the-art imaging technologies and connected to key technology developers
  • Comfortable working with other teams (Automation, Innovation, etc.) to choose and deploy new imaging technology
  • Prior experience with satellite imagery and imagery data at various scales: satellite, MAV, UAV, vehicle-based, greenhouse-based, etc. preferred
  • Experience in image analysis applications for biological systems preferred

 


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