We are looking for a dynamic and self-motivated Research Associate to join our fast-growing and collaborative Product Development team to work on plant transformation and tissue culture. This is a hands-on, lab-based role which requires the ability to concentrate, pay attention to details, work efficiently, troubleshoot and work independently as well as in a team environment.  The right candidate will be well-organized, flexible, and able to deliver high quality results on time. This position will be located at our West Lafayette, IN site.



  • Perform plant transformation in multiple, commercially-relevant crops using established production protocols
  • Support the genome editing production pipeline by developing and optimizing improved transformation methods, testing and validating novel transformation technologies and continuously improving the overall process to increase scale and efficiency
  • Work with other Scientists and Research Associates to execute experiments, conduct analyses and record data
  • Initiate and maintain in vitro plant cultures in a high throughput setting
  • Maintain a clean working environment for plant tissue culture experiments
  • Maintain detailed and organized records of work, project data 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


  • Associate’s Degree in Biology, Microbiology or related field with 3+ years of laboratory experience OR a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 1+ years laboratory experience
  • Experience with monocot and/or dicot plant tissue culture and genetic transformation technologies
  • Experience with aseptic techniques in laminar flow and bio-containment hoods
  • Experience with bacterial cell culture
  • Understanding of microbiology and molecular biology principles/techniques
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent planning, organization and execution skills
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a team member
  • Show initiative, have good judgment and be willing to take on additional tasks/ and responsibilities as needed to achieve goals and deliverables
  • Positive attitude and good interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility, adaptability and ability to challenge the status quo in a constructive manner
  • Ability to work creatively and efficiently in a fast-paced, start-up company environment
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Energy, self-motivation, ownership and focused execution
  • Curiosity and desire to continuously learn and have a meaningful impact
  • A collaborative approach, open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives, and feedback


  • 1 year experience with plant tissue culture in an industry environment
  • Knowledge of plant transformation technologies
  • Experience with basic molecular biology
  • Experience with light and fluorescent microscopy
  • Leadership experience with managing projects and teams
  • Proficiency with Google Suite (Mail, Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drive) and Cloud-based electronic notebook software
  • Experience with basic Lab Information Systems (LIMS) software

Employee Experience

  • Employee organized groups, regular social events, and volunteer opportunities provide ways for us to forge personal connections and have fun
  • A strong focus on professional development, with both internal and external learning opportunities
  • Collaboration opportunities with external stakeholders through interactions with our Scientific Advisory Community
  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance; competitive parental leave

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