Phenotyping Research Associate



West Lafayette, IN, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2023

About Inari...

Inari is the SEEDesign™ company. We embrace the diversity and complexity of nature in every aspect of our business to drive innovation – to push the boundaries of what is possible. Through our unrivaled technology platform, Inari uses predictive design and advanced multiplex gene editing to develop step-change products. We are taking a nature positive approach to unlock the full potential of seed that will transform the food system. The results will lead to more productive acres delivering value creation for farmers and a more sustainable future for our planet.

Our success is dependent on great minds, collaborating to generate bright ideas and deliver exceptional outcomes.

We have over 270 employees, with research sites in Cambridge, MA (USA) and Ghent (Belgium), as well as a product development site in West Lafayette, IN (USA). We’ve deliberately built a team that brings diversity of thought to all aspects of our business, to generate new ideas, approaches, and ways of operating. And we've intentionally combined experience with potential, bringing agriculture industry experts with the desire to innovate together with bright minds from academia, human therapeutics, software, and consulting. If you want to be part of a diverse and inclusive team developing unique solutions to feed the world while protecting our planet’s natural resources, we’d love to hear from you!

As a Phenotyping Service Lead, You Will....

  • Be responsible for the management, coordination, and hands-on execution of controlled environment and field-based phenotyping experiments, including morphological, physiological, and molecular plant measurements, for Inari's Science Phenomics service platform
  • Proactively build and develop cross-functional connections between project leads, service leads, and key operational personnel across Inari’s Science and Product Development functions to generate timely, relevant phenotypic data for stakeholders
  • Lead, manage, and develop a scalable, diverse team of research associates, assistants, and seasonal staff to meet annual project needs
  • Implement, scale, and continuously improve manual and image-based phenotyping workflows, including documentation to drive standardization of equipment and procedures
  • Communicate phenotypic results to stakeholders in written technical reports and oral presentations
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of high-throughput methodology for phenotyping


  • At least 3 years of industry experience post-Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Plant Biology, Plant Physiology, Crop Science, Agronomy, Horticulture, Agricultural Engineering)
  • Working knowledge of basic phenotyping practices and procedures for major row crops
  • Attention to detail
  • 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


  • Experience in using statistical software for data analysis and visualization (e.g., R, Python).
  • Experience in the use of automated phenotyping equipment and software

FOR U.S. CANDIDATES: Please note that we use the resume you submit with your application during our background check process. To ensure an efficient and accurate background verification, we kindly ask that you carefully review and accurately represent your work history, education and other relevant information on your resume. Any discrepancies or inaccuracies found during the background check may impact your candidacy for the position.