Plant Delivery Lead

POSTED: January 2, 2019
BUSINESS: Inari Agriculture, Inc.
START DATE: Immediate Availability

About the role…

This is a great opportunity for a dynamic and self-motivated Scientist to join our fast-growing and collaborative team. This is a lab-based role with a focus on tissue culture and plant delivery techniques. This Scientist role is to lead a team and directly participate in the production of gene edited plants.

About Inari...
Inari Agriculture, Inc. is an exciting early stage, high growth company working to create a winning global food system for all. We’re taking a revolutionary approach to transform plant breeding and contribute to a transparent agriculture system that is climate resilient and respectful of the environment, promotes nutrition and health, empowers all farmers, and can continue to feed the growing global population. To solve these hard problems for world changing impact, we’re fearless in asking the questions no one else is, and determined to find the answers no one has yet.

Our success is dependent on great minds, collaborating to generate bright ideas and deliver exceptional outcomes.
Started in 2016 in Cambridge, MA, we have over 60 employees, and are now expanding our research and development capabilities with new facilities and teams in West Lafayette, IN and Ghent, Belgium. Our interdisciplinary R&D team brings expertise in biology, agronomy, genetics, data science, and software engineering, and is supported by an exceptional global Scientific Advisory Board. If you want to be part of a diverse and inclusive team developing unique solutions to feed the world without starving the planet we’d love to hear from you!

As a Plant Delivery Lead, you will…

  • Lead a high-throughput plant delivery pipeline and be responsible for delivery of gene edited or transformed plants to the cultivation team by the requested deadlines
  • Optimize plant delivery protocols developed by the R & D team for a production-scale environment
  • Supervise a team of Research Associates, train and instruct lab personnel in specific technical experimental protocols
  • Work with other Scientists and Research Associates to plan and execute experiments, conduct analyses, record data 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 presentations
  • Be available for immediate hire

You bring....

  • A doctorate degree in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. molecular biology, plant biotechnology, microbiology)
  • Five or more years of experience working in a laboratory environment (can include graduate work)
  • At least 2 years of team leadership experience that includes coaching direct reports on performance and personal development, and building a high performing team
  • Hands on experience with plant tissue culture
  • Knowledge/experience in plant regeneration
  • In-depth knowledge of plant cell biology and/or physiology
  • Demonstrated track record of tackling complex problems, leading others to obtain novel insights and driving a culture of innovation
  • Working knowledge of standard office software tools (i.e. Email, word processor, spreadsheet, presentation programs etc.)- experience with Google Suite is a plus
  • 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 across multiple site locations

Additional Qualifications…

  • Experience in an industrial plant tissue culture group
  • Experience working in a production-scale environment
  • Experience with tissue culture protocols for diverse plant species
  • Familiarity with Benchling

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