About the role…

We are looking for a dynamic, self-motivated and proactive Maize Scientist to join our fast-growing team at Inari Ghent, who is committed and passionate about developing 21st century solutions to address global food challenges. As a Maize Scientist, you will play a central role in developing and managing our maize lead discovery activities, as well as the genetic design of future corn products. You will be responsible for designing, implementing, hands-on executing, and coordinating tasks and scientific projects with a focus on maize. 

At the interplay between discovery and product design, this diverse role includes both a strategic element of developing corn discovery activities that integrate Inari’s predictive models, and a lab-based role for hands-on work to efficiently and methodically plan, execute and coordinate experimental work. 

As a Maize Scientist, you will...

  • Develop and manage our maize lead discovery activities and work to produce genetic designs for future corn products
  • Lead the design, implementation,  execution and coordination of scientific tasks and activities 
  • Coordinate lab experiments performed by yourself and research assistants,some of which may include: routine vector design and construction for multiple projects, diverse molecular analyses (i.e., PCR-based genotyping, DNA sequencing analysis, qPCR and Western blot analysis) 
  • Support maize research activities in the greenhouse including routine plant growth and phenotyping activities
  • Train and instruct lab/greenhouse personnel in specific technical tasks and experimental protocols.
  • Collaborate with Research Assistants and other Scientists to execute scientific experiments for one or more projects
  • Manage third party collaborations
  • Scout for new technologies and partners
  • Maintain detailed, accurate and comprehensible records of all experiments and results
  • Interpret/analyze data, draw conclusions and make recommendations based on the results
  • (co-)Develop new scientific project proposals
  • Communicate results in well-written and clear oral presentations

You bring...

  • PhD in Plant Biology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Physiology or related field with at least 10 years of experience or Master in aforementioned fields with 15+ years of experience 
  • Post-doctoral research, training, and experience in crop biology and plant biotechnology
  • Deep knowledge and expertise in maize and crop physiology 
  • Knowledge and experience with genetics and genome editing technologies
  • Demonstrated scientific leadership to independently design, implement, coordinate and drive to successful scientific project outcomes 
  • Strong record of independent research supported by peer-reviewed publications and/or patent applications and patents
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills adapted to the needs of the target audience
  • Ability to thrive and deliver progress toward multiple goals in a fast-paced, dynamic and diverse environment
  • Pro-active, highly-motivated and strong team player in planning but  with a high degree of independence in execution
  • Experience leading a project team working towards a common goal
  • Demonstrated innovative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Creative thinking, willingness to be bold and take risks
  • Openness to giving and receiving ideas, appreciate diverse perspectives, and feedback across multiple teams
  • Collaborative team player and capacity to work in multidisciplinary teams

Additional Desired Skills/Experience...

  • Industry experience is a plus
  • Experience with people management
  • Knowledge of (crop) plant & cell transformation techniques

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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