Research Associate - Sampling

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


This is a great opportunity for a highly-motivated and dedicated Research Assistant to join our Plant Characterization Team to support Inari’s product development pipeline. You will engage as a sampling assistant to support plant characterization and product development. 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. 


  • Sample tissue culture plants created by the Plant Delivery team and greenhouse across multiple crops and deliver samples (plant tissue) to the Plant Characterization Team
  • Execute and track decisions to keep or discard tissue culture plants based on analysis results
  • Provide quality plant care to enable the transfer of characterized plants from the lab to the greenhouse on a weekly basis 
  • Maintain a clean working environment in the lab and plant growth chambers for plant tissue sampling and plant care.
  • Collaborate with team members to troubleshoot and develop effective solutions when problems occur
  • Maintain an accurate, comprehensible, and current laboratory records in databases and notebooks
  • Communicate results in written technical reports and oral presentations


  • Bachelor’s in Plant Biology or a related subject with 2 years laboratory experience
  • Experience with plant care of soybean and maize
  • Experience with aseptic technique in laminar flow and biocontainment hoods
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent planning, organization, and execution skills
  • Ability to develop and optimize protocols
  • Proficiency with Google Suite (Mail, Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drive) and cloud-based electronic notebook software like Benchling
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Curiosity, desire to continuously learn and have a meaningful impact
  • Demonstrated innovative, critical thinking, willingness to be bold and take risks
  • A collaborative approach, open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives, and feedback
  • An interest in science and/or agriculture


  • Prior experience working in the greenhouse


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