This is a great opportunity for a highly-motivated and dedicated Research Scientist to join our Molecular breeding and Genotyping Team to support Inari’s breeding and product development pipeline. You will engage as a research scientist and technical expert to support molecular breeding and SNP genotyping in a production-scale and high-throughput team. 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 Scientist, Molecular Breeding and Genotyping, you will…

  • Help build the molecular molecular breeding and SNP genotyping platform to support genomic selection and trait introgression
  • Providing genetic, genomic and molecular biology support to enable and advance the molecular breeding activities across different crops
  • Develop and implement the state-of-the-art SNP genotyping technology to enhance molecular breeding and trait introgression
  • Drive genetic map, design and Implement SNP based assays for native allele and transgenic trait markers to be used in breeding
  • Optimize and implement new markers while monitoring existing markers for use in a high throughput marker lab
  • Establish efficient and effective methods of introducing new markers into the production process
  • Drive the continuous improvement to increase the capacity for the platform
  • Serves as a technical expert in the area of plant genetics, molecular breeding and trait markers to determine analytical direction, and ensure milestone achievement
  • Communicate with plant breeders for trait projects and plan deadlines
  • Conduct regular stakeholder meetings and provide reports to deliver updates and promote customer satisfaction
  • Interpret data; maintain an accurate, comprehensive, and current laboratory record
  • Communicate results in written technical reports and oral presentations

You bring...

  • A Ph.D. with a minimum of 2 years of experience working in a research and development environment, or MA/MS degree with 7+ years of experience, or a BA/BS with 10+ years of experience in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g.  Plant Breeding, Crop Science, Plant Genetics, Agronomy, Molecular Biology)
  • In-depth experience with high density sequence analysis, genetic QTL mapping,single marker analysis and GWAS using a variety of tools
  • Extensive hands-on experience in SNP genotyping (PCR-based and NGS technology) in a production-scale environment
  • Strong technical expertise with a wide range of molecular analytical technologies such as targeted amplicon resequencing, capture sequencing, and other NGS, PCR, and qPCR-based transgene analysis. Can oversee all aspects of assay development from design to validation
  • Experience in automated high-throughput SNP genotyping workflows
  • In-depth technical background in molecular breeding, plant genetics and trait introgression
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Curiosity and a 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 across multiple site locations

Bonus Qualifications…

  • Prior experience working in a production-scale molecular marker laboratory
  • Working knowledge in Bioinformatics 

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