Plant Research Specialist
About the role This is a great opportunity for an Plant Research Specialist 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 in organizing and coordinating all aspects of breeding and research efforts for field crops including data collection, seed preparation, planting and harvesting, 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 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 Plant Research Specialist, you will…Support and advance breeding and research pipelines by managing nurseries and field trialsLead setting up, laying out, and managing crossing blocks along with field and greenhouse crossing effortsManage breeding database, and help analyze and interpret data generated from programAssist with developing planting and harvest plans, and designing experimentsCoordinate all aspects of field research including seed packaging, planting, plot maintenance, data collection, and harvestingOperate planters, combines, threshers, and other equipment used to conduct field researchSupervise and train temporary employees, and ensure a safe working environment You bring…M.S. degree in plant breeding, crop science, agronomy, horticulture, or related fieldPlant breeding knowledge and experience with soybean and/or corn breeding and productionKnowledge of crop production, field research, and plant phenotypingAbility to operate commonly used small plot field research equipmentDemonstrated ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks simultaneously to achieve team goalsStrong written and verbal communication skillsExcellent organizational and record keeping skillsAbility to work extended hours during the peak planting and harvesting seasons and able to lift 50 poundsA positive and entrepreneurial attitude. Ability to challenge the status quo to spark improved strategies, methods, and practices in a fast-paced startup environmentEnergy, 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 QualificationsPrevious experience working for a seed companyFamiliarity with experimental design, and collection and statistical analysis of experimental dataApply for this job.