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Research Associate 1

Washington, IA

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Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.
About This Job
The purpose of the Research Associate is to support local trialling efforts to create superior products and support the Trialling and Station Manager’s targeted goals for precision, accuracy and efficiency in site operations.
Functioning as an integral member of a team responsible for packaging, planting, cultivating, note taking and harvesting yield trials, breeding nurseries.
Plant, spray, maintain, and harvest trials to meet deadlines.
Be able to work independently and travel to off-site locations to collect and manage data obtained from trials.
Operation and maintenance of agricultural machinery, and or agricultural research equipment.
Supporting efforts to maintain integrity in support of the technicians performing seed inventory, packaging, field layout, pollinating, threshing and data collection.
Some roles incorporate leading the overall shipping processes to other locations and customers- including review of regulatory requirements, proper labelling and USDA paperwork.
Performing all tasks and behaving in a manner compliant with and in support of all safety and stewardship related company policies and practices, including completing all required company training courses.
Overseeing tasks completed by third-party contract labor to achieve desired results.
Effectively communicating regularly with peers and supervisors regarding the status of projects and work activities.
Essential Knowledge and Experience
A basic understanding of plant genetics and breeding is desirable.
Clear understanding of the practices and procedures that affect trial data precision and accuracy.
Understand and use of modern agronomic practices.
Good communication skills.
Ability to use MS Office, especially Word, Excel, Power Point and other standard office software.
Ability to obtain a Commercial Applicator’s License to administer Restricted Use Pesticides
Preferred Knowledge and Experience
Ability to use and support proprietary IT systems.
Ability to learn and use proprietary systems for label printing and inventory management.
Ability and motivation to learn new technologies.
Experience in the operation, adjustment, maintenance of and ability to do minor repairs on various plot equipment, including a planter, tractor, cultivator, sprayer, combine, truck and trailer is desirable.
B.S. Degree in an agricultural related discipline, preferred. Candidates with relevant agriculture experience may be considered.
Experience in operating and maintaining agricultural machinery, and or agricultural research equipment.
A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driver’s history and the ability to obtain a class A CDL within 6 months of hire date is required.
Additional Information
Relocation support is not available
All applicants must be eligible to work in the US without visa sponsorship.
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Capable of working in high or low temperature conditions in field or greenhouse. Capable of lifting up to 50 pounds. Capable of working long hours during time-critical periods of the growing season.
Field, greenhouse, laboratory, office. Domestic and international travel required with occasional overnight stays. Stays at off-season production/nursery locations may extend to two to three weeks. Potential allergens¾pollen, fungal spores, chemical pesticides in the field or greenhouse.
Seasonal travel to off-station testing locations, project meetings, and winter nursery locations
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Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
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