Research Associate - Media Preparation

POSTED: December 14, 2018
BUSINESS: Inari Agriculture, Inc.
POSITION TYPE: Full-time
START DATE: Immediate Availability

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!

About the role...

We are looking for a self-motivated Research Associate to support all projects within the production team. This is a hands-on lab-based role which requires the ability to work efficiently, and troubleshoot. The right candidate will be well-organized, detail oriented, flexible, and able to deliver high quality results on time.

As a Research Associate, you will....

  • Prepare plant tissue culture media, bacterial culture media, and sterile water
  • Provide support for transformation and cloning teams
  • Maintain a clean working environment for plant tissue culture and bacterial culture experiments
  • Work with Scientists and Research Associates to execute scientific experiments, and report results related on projects
  • Collaborate with team members to troubleshoot and develop effective solutions when problems occur
  • Maintain an accurate, comprehensible, and current laboratory journal
  • Communicate results in written technical reports and oral presentation

You bring…

  • Bachelor’s in Plant Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or related subject with 2 years laboratory experience
  • Experience with aseptic technique in laminar flow and biocontainment hoods
  • Experience with media preparation equipment including but not limited to autoclaves, pH meters, balances and peristaltic pumps.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent planning, organization, and execution skills
  • Ability to meticulously follow protocols and troubleshoot problems with media preparation
  • Proficiency with Google Suite (Mail, Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drive) and Cloud-based electronic notebook software like Benchling
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Curiosity; desire to continuously learn and have a meaningful impact
  • Demonstrated innovative, critical thinking, willingness to be bold and take risks
  • A collaborative approach, open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives, and feedback
  • An interest in science and/or agriculture

Additional qualifications…

  • Knowledge of plant transformation technologies
  • Knowledge of media preparation automation such as Mediaclaves and MediaJets
  • Experience with plant tissue donor material preparation
  • Experience with bacterial culture preparation

Application Instructions:

To apply visit our website at:  http://inari.com/jobs/

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