Research Associate - Tissue Culture

POSTED: November 20, 2019
BUSINESS: Inari Agriculture, Inc. 
START DATE: Immediate Availability


We are looking for a dynamic and self-motivated Research Associate to join our fast-growing and collaborative teams to work on plant transformation and tissue culture in the delivery teams. This is a hands-on lab-based role which requires the ability to concentrate, pay attention to details, work efficiently, and troubleshoot. The right candidate will be well-organized, flexible, and able to deliver high quality results on time.


  • Perform plant transformation in multiple crops (eg. soybean, tomato, and corn)
  • Initiate and maintain in vitro plant cultures in a high throughput setting
  • Support plant gene modification experiments
  • Prepare tissue culture media as needed
  • Maintain a clean working environment for plant tissue culture experiments
  • Maintain detailed and organized records of your work, project data you generate and other information as needed
  • Work with colleagues to troubleshoot and develop effective solutions when problems occur
  • Participate in scientific discussions and present research outcomes to peers and management


  • Associate's or Bachelor’s degree in Plant Biology or related subject with 1-2 years laboratory experience
  • Experience with aseptic technique in laminar flow and bio-containment hoods
  • Experience with bacterial cell culture
  • Understanding of microbiology and molecular biology principles/techniques
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent planning, organization and execution skills
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a team member
  • Show initiative, have good judgment and be willing 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 manner
  • Proficiency with Google Suite (Mail, Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drive) and Cloud-based electronic notebook software like Benchling
  • Ability to work creatively and efficiently in a fast-paced, start-up company environment
  • 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


  • 1-year experience with plant tissue culture in an academic or industry environment
  • Knowledge of plant transformation technologies
  • Experience with basic molecular biology
  • Experience with light and fluorescent microscopy


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