Terraton Experiment Director

At Indigo, our mission is: harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. We started down this path leveraging microbiology, but we have quickly expanded across the entire agriculture supply chain.

The Terraton Experiment is an ambitious research effort to map the world’s soil carbon potential in agricultural soils. The findings from the experiment will be crucial to enabling Indigo and the Terraton Initiative to accomplish our missions. The Terraton Initiative is working to remove 1 trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, sequester it in agricultural soils, and by doing that, improve the health of the soil, the profitability of farmers, the quality of our food, and the health of our planet. This goal is massive, and it will require a diverse team to make it happen. If you’ve been looking for a disruptive, tech-enabled company with super talented people that is tackling thorny, ambiguous but incredibly inspiring problems, we’d love to hear from you.

Responsibilities

  • Partner with Indigo teams to create and design hypothesis, data analysis strategy and overall strategy for Terraton Experiment
    • Deliver scientific strategy for experimental trials to support soil carbon hypotheses
  • Drive academic strategy for Terraton Experiment and drive process for grant applications/funding related to Terraton Experiment
  • Identify and execute on external engagements; become “the face” of the Terraton Experiment
    • Establish a plan to cement Indigo as a thought leader in the scientific and NGO community (speaking engagements, conferences, white papers etc.)
  • Lead process on publications to further the reputation of Indigo/Terraton Experiment

Competencies

  • Viewed in field as world class scientist
  • Has vision for scientific hypotheses that drive forward the understanding of soil carbon sequestration
  • Expert in their field, but capable of synthesizing information and effectively communicating with all types of audiences (generalists, specialists, other scientists, growers, the public, etc.)
  • Ability to connect scientific hypothesis from unrelated fields
  • Appropriately skeptical and willing to challenge scientific/academic norms
  • Highly collaborative – record of cross-university publications
  • Ability to learn quickly about related fields, ranging from microbiology to remote sensing
  • Ability to move at a fast pace and deliver on deadlines (sometimes challenging ones)
  • Ability to do and understand at the same time, moving quickly from ideas to actions
  • Ability to maintain productive and respectful working relationships
  • Ability to be a fantastic spokesperson for Indigo/Terraton

Qualifications

  • PhD in relevant field required (Environmental Science, Soil, Forestry, Microbial Ecology)
  • Expert in soil measurement, soil microecology, soil modelling and or soil carbon required (multiple preferred)
  • Strong understanding of soil chemistry & a general understanding of soil biology required
  • Experience directing large collaborative research projects required
  • Experience working on large projects (over wide spatial or temporal range) required
  • Exceptional track record of publications about soil, carbon, agriculture, soil ecology in high-input journal(s) required
  • Experience writing successful grants with major agencies required
  • Based in Boston, willing to travel 10-15%

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