Senior Research Associate, Multi-Crop

Corteva Agriscience
Garden City, Kansas, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 07, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Who are we, and what do we do?
At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow what's next. No matter your role, you will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture - leading breakthroughs in the innovation and application of science and technology that will better the lives of people all over the world and fuel the progress of humankind.
This position is part of a well-established mutli-crop team that manages two comprehensive maize breeding programs along with testing locations for wheat and sorghum to meet the quality, quantity and timeline targets for project deliverables. The successful candidate will have knowledge of plant biology and genetics, be comfortable with agricultural equipment, irrigation systems operations, computers, electronic devices, and be interested in working both indoors and in the field. They will be expected to apply knowledge of plant biology and agronomy to interpret genotypic and phenotypic observations to help drive product advancement. They need a positive, collaborative attitude, good communication and critical thinking skills, and a knack for creative problem solving. This position involves supervising Research Associate/Assistants and coordinating activities with other groups and teams.
How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you!
- Manage day-to-day activities as part of a team, working collaboratively to meet the quality, quantity, and timeline targets for project deliverables. This may include experiment planning, location mapping, plot planting, plant tagging and sampling, soil sampling and nutrient planning, irrigating, fertilizing, pollinating, mechanical and/or hand harvesting, and inventory activities such as discarding, shelling, and packaging resulting seed.
- Manage the care of plants in an agricultural field setting, including irrigation, plant nutrition, and pest-management
- Manage the maintenance and inventory of the local corn breeding programs
- Collect phenotypic trait data across all crops in Garden City testing network
- Coordinate with other groups to ensure key steps are completed in a timely and collaborative manner
- Communicate openly with team and supervisors on matters of relevance
- Promote positive work attitudes
- Supervise full-time employees and contingent workers, ensuring work is performed in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with protocols and regulations
- Willing and able to work flexible schedules, weekends during peak periods when required
- Support all Garden City Research center-wide goals and support other projects when needed
- Determine how to conduct experiments to meet researchers needs within allotted time constraints.
- Identify appropriate uses of company resources when conducting experiments.
- Determination of data quality, as a result of environmental occurrences.
- Determine when meaningful data can be collected from field experiments (e.g., differentiating levels of a disease infection).
- Identify equipment to be repaired and/or replaced
What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?
- Master's degree in biology, botany, plant breeding, agriculture, or related plant science field
- Two to four years related experience
- Alternatively, equivalent levels of relevant education and experience
- Experience in operating irrigation systems
- Ability to operate forklift and other agricultural equipment
- Willing and able to be a pesticide handler
- Ability to manage people
- Ability to work as part of a larger, culturally diverse group, as well as independently when needed
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Knowledgeable in plant biology and agronomy
- Organization and time management skills to handle multiple tasks and priorities
- Ability to bend, reach, and lift repetitively. Occasionally required to carry up to 50 lbs
- Tolerance, willingness, and ability to work in warm conditions and variable environments
- Computer competency and experience with MS Office- Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook
- Valid driver's license
We care about you and we care that you're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.
Let's peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva!
- Strike a better worklife balance with robust time off benefits including paid maternity, paternal and family illness leave
- Prepare for your future with our competitive retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement program, and more
- Enjoy access to health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment
- And much, much more!
Ready to grow your perspectives, impact and career? Start by applying to this opportunity today!
Corteva Agriscience ™, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.
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