Research Associate - Phenotyping

POSTED: September 22, 2020
BUSINESS: Inari Agriculture, Inc.
START DATE: Immediate Availability


This is a great opportunity for a highly-motivated and dedicated Research Associate to join our Plant Characterization Team to enhance Inari’s product development pipeline. This role will work with an interdisciplinary team to support plant phenotyping. You will help us develop, validate and perform phenotyping protocols, and deliver the phenotypic data to the project team for decision-making. If you are looking for a challenging opportunity in a fast-growing and production environment, this role is for you. The role will be based in West Lafayette, IN. 


  • Contribute to the development and optimization of basic greenhouse phenotyping SOPs to drive standardization for equipment and procedures
  • Understand product concepts to enable appropriate experimental designs to generate relevant phenotypic data
  • Collaborate with scientists in designing and validating high-throughput phenotyping methods using digital/automated tools, when applicable 
  • Perform greenhouse-based measurements that could include various plant biological parameters (both morphological and physiological), plant architecture and basic yield components 
  • Work closely with the the molecular characterization team to associate the molecular data with the phenotyping data, when applicable 
  • Participate in planting seeds, sampling and collecting seeds for inventory.  
  • Communicate phenotypic results to stakeholders in written technical reports and oral presentations
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of high-throughput methodology for phenotyping


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 2+ years lab experience or Master’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Plant Physiology, Crop Science, Agronomy, Horticulture, Agricultural Engineering) or equivalent 
  • Working knowledge of basic phenotyping practices and procedures for major row crops
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills 
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, production environment
  • Creative and strategic thinking, willingness to be bold and take risks
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team 


  • Experience in using statistical software for data analysis (e.g., JMP, SAS, R).
  • Experience in the use of automated phenotyping equipment and software 
  • Experience in sensor and image processing


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