Vacancy Research Associate Plant & Cell Analysis – Ghent


Inari is currently looking for a Research Associate Plant & Cell Analysis to join their fast-growing team at Inari Ghent. Inari was founded by Flagship Pioneering in 2016, and has made partnerships with independent seed producers using its unique genetic toolbox to introduce high performance crops that improve economic and environmental realities of production agriculture.

Inari is committed and passionate about developing 21st century solutions to address global food challenges. They are trying to achieve this through transformational plant breeding technology. Inari is envisioning a new horizon in agriculture that is more predictive, efficient, affordable, inclusive, and respectful of the environment.


In the position of Research Associate Pant & Cell Analysis the main focus will be on plant and cell transformation in various crops. This is a very hands on role where routine lab work will be performed about 80% of the time. For this reason, it is vital that you able to stand independently in the lab, without too much supervision. You must also be able to work well in a team setting. After a few weeks, you will be expected to work independently and have the confidence to try new things. Within this position you will be responsible for all the work that is dictated to you.

As a researcher you are expected to actively look for new methods, be innovative and:

  • Work with other Research Associates and Scientists to execute scientific experiments related to one or more projects
  • Initiate and maintain in vitro plant cultures in a high throughput setting
  • Prepare plant growth and tissue culture media
  • Isolate plant protoplasts and continuously improve cell isolation methods
  • Support plant gene modification experiments
  • Perform tissue transformation in multiple crops (eg. soybean, wheat, and corn)
  • Occasionally perform plant molecular analysis work (DNA extraction, PCR)
  • Maintain a clean working environment for plant tissue culture experiments
  • Maintain detailed and organised records of your work, project data you generate and other information as needed
  • Work with colleagues to troubleshoot and develop effective solutions when problems occur
  • Participate in scientific discussions and present research outcomes to peers and management


The perfect candidate is flexible, shows good judgment, takes initiative, and is willing to take on additional tasks and responsibilities as needed to achieve goals and deliverables. Excellent communication skills as well as the following are essential for this role as part of an interdisciplinary team;

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 3+ years laboratory research experience or Master’s degree with at least 2+ years experience in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. molecular biology, plant biotechnology)
  • Hands on experience with plant growth, tissue and cell isolation
  • Experience with plant management in controlled conditions (growth chambers, greenhouses…) and cell cultures
  • Demonstrated knowledge and hands-on experience with common (plant) molecular biology techniques
  • Familiarity with record keeping (electronic lab notebooks)
  • Familiarity with Quality Management Systems (QMS), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Work Instructions (WI)
  • A proactive attitude, and willingness to be bold and take risks
  • An efficient and well organised approach to deliver high quality results on time with integrity
  • A collaborative mindset, open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives, and feedback
  • Good English communication skills, both written and oral


As a Research Associate Pant & Cell Analysis you will enjoy many employee benefits and perks to support the wellness of the team and culture. These benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Building connections across open and collaborative culture
  • Daily catered lunches, regular social events, and volunteer opportunities all provided as ways to forge personal connections and have fun
  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance cover physical well-being; periodic on-site vision exams, dental cleanings, chair massages, and group work-out sessions
  • The opportunity to benefit from Inari’s growth and success through employee stock options
  • In addition to 10 standard holidays, flexible paid time off and generous parental leave programs


If you are interested in this job, or in similar ones, please feel free to contact me directly.

Walid Sharaf