Research Associate - Plant Molecular Characterization

POSTED: August 18, 2020
BUSINESS: Inari Agriculture, Inc.
START DATE: Immediate Availability


  • Contribute to the genome editing product development and characterize transgenic crops
  • Perform Next-Gen sequencing library (e.g. amplicon-seq and enrichment-seq) preparation/QC for Illumina sequencing and sequencing data analysis
  • Collaborate with scientists and research associates to execute scientific experiments using molecular analytical techniques including isolation of DNA and RNA, oligo design, qPCR, RT-PCR, and ddPCR
  • Development and deployment of appropriate automation/ robotics to aid processing and improve throughput
  • Explore new technologies/ products and identify creative solutions to optimize current processes in a fast-paced research environment 
  • Communicate results to stakeholders in written technical reports and oral presentation
  • Participate in experimental design and troubleshooting efforts, developing high-throughput methodologies, and assays 


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 2+ years lab experience or Master’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. molecular biology, plant biotechnology) or equivalent lab experience
  • Knowledge of plant molecular biology and an interest in agriculture sciences
  • Extensive demonstrated experience with molecular biology assays and associated instrumentation in DNA/RNA extraction, nucleic acid quantification, PCR amplification, qPCR, and RT-PCR
  • Demonstrable skills in NGS library preparation, Illumina sequencing technology
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills 
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Curiosity and a 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
  • Ability to work independently


  • Knowledge of genome editing technologies
  • Experience in running assays on an automated liquid handling platform
  • Experience in genotyping technology such as KASP, or GBS
  • Ability to program in a scientific programming language (e.g., Python or R) and perform basic bioinformatics analyses
  • Experience in molecular cloning including restriction enzyme cloning, Golden Gate, Gibson assembly, and PCR-based assembly
  • Familiarity with Geneious, Benchling, or similar software for plasmid design and construction


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