Research Associate - Molecular Biology

POSTED: September 23, 2020
BUSINESS: Inari Agriculture, Inc.
START DATE: Immediate Availability


This is a great opportunity for a dynamic and self-motivated Research Associate to join our fast-growing and collaborative team. This is a hands-on, lab-based role with a focus on molecular cloning.


  • Design, generate, and sequence verify plasmid constructs or plasmid libraries
  • Conduct routine cell culture and plasmid DNA preparation tasks
  • Perform lab analytical techniques including genotyping, oligo design and synthesis, quantification, and isolation of DNA and RNA, primer design, PCR genotyping, NGS library prep, sequencing analysis, media preparation, DNA and RNA extraction, bacterial culture, sterile technique
  • Work with Scientists and Research Associates to execute scientific experiments, conduct analyses, and report results related to one or more projects
  • Interpret data; maintain an accurate, comprehensible, and current laboratory journal
  • Communicate results in written technical reports and oral presentation 


  • 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
  • Experience in molecular cloning including restriction cloning, Golden Gate, Gibson assembly, and PCR-based assembly
  • Experience in NGS technologies and equipment
  • Knowledge of plant molecular biology and an interest in agriculture sciences
  • Familiarity with Geneious, Benchling, or similar software for plasmid design and construction
  • 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


  • Experience working in a production-scale environment
  • Knowledge of genome editing technologies


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