Indigo: Soil Carbon Scientist
500 Rutherford Ave, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02129


Employee Testimonials

Jesse Deardorff
Cassandra Ball
Trudi Baker

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 companys scientific discoveries and digital innovations have amplified new value from soil to sale, benefiting more than 10,000 growers to date. In 2019, Indigo was ranked #1 on CNBCs Disruptor 50 list. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Indigo has additional offices in Memphis, TN; Research Triangle Park, NC; Sydney, Australia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Basel, Switzerland; and So Paulo, Brazil.

As a scientist on our GeoInnovation Soil Carbon Science team, you will apply your extensive experience in soil organic matter dynamics and soil biogeochemistry to assist Indigos efforts focused on increasing soil health and reducing soil greenhouse gas emissions via regenerative management practices. Indigo is heavily invested in regenerative agriculture, and recently announced its Terraton initiative designed to aggressively sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide in agricultural soils. To meet the ambitious goals set out for Terraton, Indigo is building a team to support the scientific design and implementation of soil organic matter models that will help Indigo quantify changes in soil greenhouse gas emissions from different land management practices. As member of the soil carbon science team, you will be instrumental in driving the underlying science and supporting this modeling effort.


  • Provide thought leadership for soil organic matter modeling activities within Indigo
  • Help set long-term strategy for advancing Indigos ability to estimate soil greenhouse gas emissions at regional to national scales
  • Develop strategies to minimize uncertainties and maximize effect sizes in soil emissions estimation by linking field measurements to soil biogeochemical models
  • Collaborate with engineers and data scientists on scale issues and building code that can be deployed into production systems ready for third party verification
  • Collaborate with Indigo Terraton and Carbon teams to support Indigos approach for monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon credits
  • Contribute thoughtful business recommendations using effective communication of findings (through synthesis and visualization of quantitative information)
  • Help build Indigo's scientific knowledge and capacity to issue carbon credits


  • Strong communication skills; able to translate results from complex analyses into interpretable results, both visually and verbally
  • Enjoys collaborating with and leading others
  • Proactive and self-directed
  • Strong modeling skills, able to write well-documented, clean, maintainable code in a collaborative environment
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, growth environment


  • PhD in soil science, agriculture science, or a related discipline providing experience in biogeochemical modeling
  • Deep knowledge of soil organic matter dynamics and biogeochemistry
  • Proven knowledge of agricultural ecosystems and land management impacts on soil carbon and trace gas flux
  • Experience in one or more soil biogeochemical models (DNDC, DayCent, etc.)
  • Prior experience with geospatial analysis, spatial statistics, modeling, and software tools
  • Demonstrated record of scientific impact and productivity

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.



Employee Testimonials

Jesse Deardorff
Jesse Deardorff

Our plan is focused on the growers and helping them achieve maximum profitability using a unique set of tools. On top of offering a dynamic product, developing relationships and partnerships with growers will be key to achieving our goals.

Cassandra Ball
Cassandra Ball

I love the lab culture of Indigo. It's great being surrounded by both hard-working and fun-loving people. Most of our experiments are challenging and having the support of coworkers throughout the day really makes it fun for me.

Trudi Baker
Trudi Baker

From the early days when the whole company consisted of less than 20 people, I remember EVERYONE would gather for lively brainstorming sessions, the founder of the company, bench scientists, data scientists, lab techs, an attorney - everyone participated and listened and learned from each other's experiences and opinions. Today Indigo is much larger, but this spirit of open communication and collaboration is still strong. We collaborate through our everyday work, through software like our online innovation exchange where we bounce ideas off each other, and through "hands-on" brainstorming sessions where we learn a new assay and some of the points which are most challenging and can share ideas about how to make it more efficient.