About the role... 

This is a great opportunity for a highly-motivated and dedicated Research Associate to join our Plant Characterization Team to enhance Inari’s product development pipeline. This is a hands-on, lab-based role with a focus on high-throughput genotyping, and DNA extraction. You will engage as an analytical focal point to support genotyping for breeding and genomic prediction.If you are looking for a challenging opportunity in a fast-growing and production environment, this role is for you. The role will be based in West Lafayette, IN. 


As a Genotyping Research Associate, You Will....

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a genotyping platform in support of ongoing breeding and product development efforts
  • Perform sample processing and DNA extraction using a high-throughput nucleic acid platform;  Continuously optimize the current extraction platform for higher throughput and cost efficiency   
  • Design, validate and perform SNP detection assay using PCR-based genotyping platform  
  • Perform Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) library (e.g. amplicon-seq and GBS) preparation/QC for Illumina sequencing to support high-throughput genotyping
  • Develop and deploy appropriate automation/ robotics to aid processing and improve throughput on the genotyping platform
  • Communicate results to stakeholders in written technical reports and oral presentations
  • Scout for new technologies and identify innovative solutions to optimize current genotyping toolbox to increase the quality and throughput in a production-scale environment 
  • Participate in experimental design and genotyping troubleshooting, developing high-throughput methodologies and assays 

You Bring…

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 2+ years lab experience or Master’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. molecular biology, genetics, plant biotechnology) or equivalent lab experience
  • Knowledge of general molecular biology and an interest in agriculture sciences
  • Extensive demonstrated experience with molecular biology assays and associated instrumentation in DNA/RNA extraction, nucleic acid quantification, PCR amplification, qPCR
  • Demonstrable skills in NGS library preparation and Illumina sequencing technology
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, production environment
  • Creative and strategic thinking, willingness to be bold and take risks
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team 

Bonus qualifications ...

  • Experience in PCR-based genotyping technology such as KASP 
  • Experience in sequencing-based genotyping technology using Illumina technology 
  • Experience performing assays on an automated liquid handling platform



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