Corn Breeder

POSTED: November 7, 2018
BUSINESS: Agriculture, Inc.
START DATE: Immediate Availability


About the role… This is a great opportunity for an experienced plant research scientist, eager to be part of a growing purpose-driven start-up, to work with a multi-disciplinary team to advance Inari’s research platform from discovery to validation to product for corn. The Corn Breeder will leverage expertise in crop germplasm, molecular biology, genetics, plant breeding, and new breeding techniques as a key member of a cross-functional, crop-focused team including cell and molecular biologists, bioinformaticians, data scientists, agronomists, and business strategists. This position reports to the Crop Lead.

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!


  • Identify and select important and diverse germplasm within a designated crop or crops
  • Develop and implement management tools (with other Inari plant scientists) supporting a crop database to store germplasm, genetic, breeding, phenotypic, agronomic, and relevant crop existing and experimental information
  • Catalogue, store, and monitor a crop’s germplasm collection including the design of protocols for germplasm regeneration/maintenance, seed health, and phytosanitary controls
  • Lead the development and implementation of experimental designs, protocol development, and tools/process development for analysis for designated crop(s) in controlled environment and/or field experiments with a particular emphasis on genetic analysis, phenotypic analysis and the analysis of genotype by environment interactions  Integrate existing and emerging breeding technologies to advance Inari’s research and development pipeline which will include the development and enhancement genetic variation and allele diversity
  • Work across multiple teams to support development of product concepts and identification of novel discovery targets
  • Working closely with the Crop Lead, plan and manage of all product breeding and technical development efforts centered on specific crop(s)
  • Communicate a future vision to the team and implement projects efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced start-up environment


  • Ph.D., or equivalent education plus experience, in plant sciences or closely related field
  • Experience in plant phenotypic characterization, including agronomic and/or disease resistance traits
  • Experience with different plant breeding methods across multiple crops, including the application of quantitative genetics and phenotypic selection to various forms of marker-enabled selection
  • Familiarity with linkage and association-based mapping approaches
  • Knowledgeable of an array of experimental designs and statistical analyses
  • Ability to successfully engage multiple stakeholders within Inari and our outside collaborators and partners
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A positive and entrepreneurial attitude. Ability to challenge the status quo to spark improved strategies, methods, and practices in a fast-paced startup environment
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals. Foster open dialogue and collaboration.
  • Aptitude for developing people in various roles and levels through coaching, feedback, and exposure to new experiences to meet both performance goals and personal development goals.
  • Ability to plan and align people and resources for successful execution.
  • Capacity to manage ambiguity; deal comfortably with change and able to decide and act without the total picture.
  • Accountability; act with a clear sense of ownership and ensure that others do the same.

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