Plant Breeding Research Associate

POSTED: June 9, 2020
BUSINESS: Inari Agriculture, Inc.
START DATE: Immediate Availability


This is a great opportunity for a Plant Breeding Research Associate to join our growing Product Development team and help us expand our breeding and field testing capabilities. The primary function of this position is to assist the Corn Breeding Lead in day-to-day operations of all aspects of breeding and research efforts for corn including planting and harvesting field trials, seed preparation, and maintenance of research fields and small equipment. The position is based at our West Lafayette, Indiana site.


  • Assist with all aspects of field research including seed packaging, planting, plot maintenance, data collection, experimental design, and harvesting
  • Assist with efforts to identify and select important and diverse corn germplasm to bring added value into our product portfolio
  • Purchase and maintain inventory of supplies used in research program
  • Supervise and train temporary employees, and ensure a safe working environment


  • B.S. degree in plant breeding, crop science, agronomy, horticulture, or related field
  • Knowledge of crop production, field research, and plant phenotyping
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks simultaneously to achieve team goals
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills
  • Ability to work extended hours during the peak planting and harvesting seasons in a variety of weather conditions; able to lift 50 pounds
  • A positive and entrepreneurial attitude. Ability to challenge the status quo to spark improved strategies, methods, and practices in a fast-paced startup environment
  • 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
  • Plant breeding knowledge and experience with corn and/or row crop breeding and production
  • Pesticide applicator license (or ability to obtain)
  • Experience with PRISM and Google Suites


To apply, please visit:


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