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Location: Waimea, Hawaii, West United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
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Open Til: 17-Apr-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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Division: Biological Assessment
Function: Winter Nursery
City: Waimea
State/Province: Hawaii [HI]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Research Associate 2
Job ID: 2848

Role Purpose/Accountabilities:
This position is to assist in the conversion of inbred lines to sterility, including creation and maintenance of cytoplasmic donors in a year round growing environment utilizing a variety of propagation and growing techniques. This role will also investigate, document, and incorporate different technologies and methods to further improve the Kauai research site.

Accountabilities: Manage field technicians in executing assigned special projects. Activities may include, but are not restricted to, planting, sampling, pollinating, harvesting, and shelling. Projects may utilize different agreed upon protocols and have varying timelines. Plan and prioritize resources to project peak demand and communicate the needs of the project to the Associate Scientist. Manage employees in carrying out tasks, including documenting and training 3rd party workers and Syngenta staff. Communicate 3rd party and peak labor demands to ensure adequate staff are available in a year round growing environment. Capture lab, screenhouse, and field data in electronic and physical records. Provide timely updates on nursery and greenhouse trial progress. Understand and fully comply with Syngenta Quality Management, HSE, and internal policies and procedures. Encourage safety awareness, participate in HSE programs, and fully support station safety objectives. Continuously assess agronomic and plant health conditions of trial material, and promptly document and report any issues requiring action and follow-up with relevant functions. Participate in site improvement initiatives, including assisting program evolution where appropriate.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

Critical knowledge: :
BS degree in a relevant scientific discipline or equivalent years of experience.

Critical Experience:
Working knowledge of integrated pest management, irrigation, and sanitation practices of greenhouses preferred.

Critical technical, professional, & personal capabilities:
General ability to troubleshoot and diagnose technical issues. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to clearly communicate technical issues to non-technical stakeholders. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges: Responsible for writing/mapping nurseries, plant health in the field and maintaining good field condition. Responsible for supervising seasonal employees to carry out field operations such as planting, pollination, harvesting, shelling and shipping. Responsible for searching for technologies that have not been utilized. Responsible for teaching the use of new technologies. May be required to obtain a pesticide operator’s license.

Critical leadership capabilities:
Set Direction: Sets ambitious strategic goals and Communicates inspirationally. Create Edge: Steps beyond comfort zones, Fosters a culture of creativity and innovation. Drive Results: Focuses energy on must-wins and Manages performance to high standard. Liberate Potential: Develop self and others and Recognizes and celebrates success.

Additional Information:
Travel Requirements other information:
A minimum of two years in current position is required (requirement for internal applicants only). All applicants must be eligible to work in the US. The ideal candidate will have experience in a lead customer-focused support role with demonstrated independent troubleshooting skills. PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Must be willing to work outdoors, in the field, and in the office. Candidates must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. WORKING CONDITIONS WHILE PERFORMING ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Candidates must be available during unpredictable workload peaks, including weekends as necessary.