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Assistant Plant Breeder (Davis, CA) (7109)

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Location: California, Mid-West United States, USA
Company: Land O' Lakes
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Open Til: 09-Mar-12
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Agronomy
Career Type: General
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: Competitive

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Assistant Plant Breeder (CA)

Function:Research and Development

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Business Unit:Winfield Solutions is an industry leader in crop protection and farm seed products, providing insights an expertise in this area. Our brands include AgriSolutionsTM crop protection products and CROPLAN GENETICS seed.

Position Purpose:(1) Assist alfalfa breeder to implement the non-dormant breeding, biotech and molecular breeding programs in California. Responsibilities include data collection, entry and analysis; plant sampling, crossing and propagation; greenhouse management; disease screening; and compliance reporting. (2) Serve as primary support in design, prototype development, testing, maintenance and rebuild of central database for alfalfa and silage corn.

Required (Basic) Experience & Education:Bachelor's or Master's degree in Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Breeding or related field; practical experience in an operational alfalfa breeding program; specialized experience in data management and analysis. Minimum two years of research experience; applied experience in agronomy, small-plot field research and/or greenhouse management.

Required Competencies & Other Skills:Critical thinking; ability to work independently and efficiently; initiative; effective communication and management skills with all levels of research staff; advanced proficiency in Excel, Access and PRISM, Agrobase or similar database software. Attention to detail; accurate and detailed record-keeping and reporting; excellent verbal, written, communication and interpersonal skills; planning, organization and time management skills; leadership potential.

Preferred Experience & Education:Three to five years of experience in alfalfa breeding with practical skills in field data collection, greenhouse management, pollination and disease screening, preferably in the seed industry; experience in forage yield testing and local agronomic practices is strongly preferred.

Preferred Competencies & Other Skills:Database development, computer programming or demonstrated aptitude and willingness to learn in these areas. Proficiency in speaking Spanish would be helpful.
Percentage of Travel:15%
Land O'Lakes, Inc. offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement savings account, tuition reimbursement, PTO, paid holidays, and employee development opportunities. Land O'Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Land O'Lakes,Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.