We are looking for a dynamic and self-motivated Research Associate to join our fast-growing and collaborative teams to work, in particular, on plant transformation and tissue culture in the delivery teams. This is a hands-on lab-based role which requires the ability to concentrate, pay attention to details, work efficiently, and troubleshoot. The right candidate will be well-organized, flexible, and able to deliver high-quality results on time.
AS A RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, YOU WILL....
Perform tissue transformation in multiple crops (eg. soybean, wheat, and corn)
Initiate and maintain in vitro plant cultures in a high throughput setting
Prepare plant tissue culture media
Support plant gene modification experiments
Sample plant tissues for molecular and physiological analyses
Maintain a clean working environment for plant tissue culture experiments
Maintain detailed and organized records of your work, project data you generate and other information as needed
Work with colleagues to troubleshoot and develop effective solutions when problems occur
Participate in scientific discussions and present research outcomes to peers and management
Associate's or Bachelor’s degree in Plant Biology or related subject with 1-2 years laboratory experience
Experience with aseptic technique in laminar flow and bio-containment hoods
Experience with bacterial cell culture
Understanding of microbiology and molecular biology principles/techniques
Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
Excellent planning, organization and execution skills
Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a team member
Show initiative, have good judgment and be willing to take on additional tasks/ and responsibilities as needed to achieve goals and deliverables.
Ability to communicate effectively with peers and management
Positive attitude and good interpersonal skills
Flexibility, adaptability and ability to challenge status quo in a constructive manner
High ethical standards and trustworthiness
Proficiency with Google Suite (Mail, Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drive) and Cloud-based electronic notebook software like Benchling
Ability to work creatively and efficiently in a fast-paced, start-up company environment
Strong communication skills, both written and oral
Energy, self-motivation, ownership and focused execution
Curiosity; desire to continuously learn and have a meaningful impact
Creative and strategic thinking, willingness to be bold and take risks
A collaborative approach, open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives, and feedback
1-year experience with plant tissue culture in an academic or industry environment
Knowledge of plant transformation technologies
Experience with basic molecular biology
Experience with light and fluorescent microscopy
About Inari Agriculture
Inari Agriculture, Inc. is an exciting early stage, high growth company working to create a winning global food system for all. We’re taking a revolutionary approach to transform plant breeding and contribute to a transparent agriculture system that is climate resilient and respectful of the environment, promotes nutrition and health, empowers all farmers, and can continue to feed the growing global population. To solve these hard problems for world changing impact, we’re fearless in asking the questions no one else is, and determined to find the answers no one has yet.
Our success is dependent on great minds, collaborating to generate bright ideas and deliver exceptional outcomes.
Started in 2016 in Cambridge, MA, we have over 90 employees, and are now expanding our research and development capabilities with new facilities and teams in West Lafayette, IN and Ghent, Belgium. Our interdisciplinary R&D team brings expertise in biology, agronomy, genetics, data science, and software engineering, and is supported by an exceptional global Scientific Advisory Board. If you want to be part of a diverse and inclusive team developing unique solutions to feed the world without starving the planet we’d love to hear from you!