Research Scientist Plant Transformation and Optimization

POSTED: May 13, 2020
BUSINESS: Inari Agriculture, Inc.
START DATE: Immediate Availability


We are looking for dynamic and self-motivated Research Scientists (2 positions
available) to join our fast-growing and collaborative teams to work, in particular,
on plant transformation and tissue culture in the delivery teams. These positions
are hands-on lab-based roles focused on the evaluation, optimization and
scale-up of novel transformation technologies. The right candidates will be
well-organized, creative problem solvers and experts in the basic techniques of
plant tissue culture eager and able to work efficiently in a fast-paced, goal driven,
start-up company environment


  •  Design and execute experiments to rigorously test novel transformation
    technologies to expand our current transformation capabilities in monocot
    and dicot crops and advance our genome editing pipeline. Quickly
    generate high quality data to inform business decisions.
  • Coordinate with the production transformation team to facilitate
    optimization and scale-up of promising new technologies
  • Collaborate with other production delivery teams, Science team and
    external technology providers to develop effective solutions and share key
    learnings in order to maintain alignment with the overall business needs
  • Maintain detailed and organized records of your work, project data and
    other information as needed in Inari designated systems
  • Actively participate in scientific discussions to present research outcomes
    to peers and management, to brainstorm solutions and ideas that advance
    plant delivery systems
  • Assist the production transformation teams as needed (maintain in vitro
    plant cultures, media prep, sampling, etc.)


  • PhD or equivalent in Microbiology, Plant Biology or related subject with 3-5
    years laboratory experience
  • Experience with monocot and/or dicot plant tissue culture and genetic
    transformation technologies
  • A continuous learning mindset through research and experience to
    generate ideas that advance our plant deliver practices
  • Ability to adapt to new approaches and/or changing priorities while
    remaining focused on the business objectives
  • Experience with aseptic technique in laminar flow and bio-containment
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent planning, organization, execution and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a team
  • Show initiative, good judgment and willingness to take on additional tasks/
    and responsibilities as needed to achieve goals and deliverables
  • Positive attitude and good interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility, adaptability and ability to challenge status quo in a constructive
  • Ability to work creatively and efficiently in a fast-paced, start-up company
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Energy, self-motivation, ownership and focused execution
  • Curiosity; desire to continuously learn and have a meaningful impact
  • A collaborative approach, open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives,
    and feedback


  • Experience with plant tissue culture in an industry environment
  • Experience with bacterial cell culture
  • Experience with basic molecular biology
  • Proficiency with Google Suite (Mail, Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drive) and
    Cloud-based electronic notebook software like Benchling
  • Experience with basic Lab Information Systems (LIMS) software
  • Experience with light and fluorescent microscopy

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