Plant Research Associate

POSTED: February 1, 2019
BUSINESS: Inari Agriculture, Inc.
START DATE: Immediate Availability

About the role

This is a great opportunity for a Plant Research Associate to join our growing Product Development and Operations team and help us expand our breeding and field testing capabilities. The primary function of this position is to assist the Plant Research Specialist and Corn Breeder in day-to-day operations of all aspects of breeding and research efforts for field crops including planting and harvesting field trials, seed preparation, and maintenance of research fields and equipment. The position is based at our new facility at the Purdue Research Foundation campus in West Lafayette, IN.

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 80 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 Plant Research Associate, you will...

  • Assist with all aspects of field research including seed packaging, planting, plot maintenance, data collection, experimental design, and harvesting
  • Operate and maintain planters, combines, threshers, and other equipment used to conduct field research
  • Purchase and maintain inventory of supplies used in research program
  • Supervise and train temporary employees, and ensure a safe working environment

You bring...

  • B.S. degree in plant breeding, crop science, agronomy, horticulture, or related field
  • Knowledge of crop production, field research, and plant phenotyping
  • Ability to operate and maintain commonly used small plot field research equipment
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks simultaneously to achieve team goals
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills
  • Ability to work extended hours during the peak planting and harvesting seasons and able to lift 50 pounds
  • A positive and entrepreneurial attitude. Ability to challenge the status quo to spark improved strategies, methods, and practices in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Energy, self-motivation, ownership and focused execution.
  • Curiosity; 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.

Bonus Qualifications

  • Plant breeding knowledge and experience with corn and/or row crop breeding and production
  • Pesticide applicator license (or ability to obtain)

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