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Location: Nevada, Iowa, Mid-West United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
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Open Til: 16-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: Trialing
City: Nevada
State/Province: Iowa [IA]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Research Associate
Job ID: 2940

Role Purpose/Accountabilities:
The purpose of the Research Associate is to assist project leads in delivering on project goals by providing technical assistance, as well as to support site management with the functional activities of a research station.

Accountabilities: Functioning as an integral member of a Trialing team responsible for packaging, planting, cultivating, stand counting and harvesting yield trials, breeding nurseries and isolation topcrosses.
Supporting efforts to maintain Seed Stewardship principles of inventory, and performing tasks that include: packaging, field trial layout and organization, pollinating, seed conditioning, and data collection.
Performing all tasks and behaving in a manner compliant with and in support of all safety related company policies and practices, including completing all required Company training courses and attending local safety meetings.
Oversee tasks completed by third-party labor to ensure accurate results.
Effectively communicating regularly and with peers and supervisors regarding the status of projects and work activities.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

Critical knowledge: :
BS/BA degree in an agricultural related field or an AS with a minimum of 4 years of comparable agricultural work experience.

Critical experience:
Experience in operating agricultural machinery, and or agricultural research equipment.
Agricultural research experience or agricultural background preferred.

Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges: Flexibility and resourcefulness in a fast paced work environment.
Possession of work ethic that strives for excellence in, productivity, accuracy, timeliness, and innovativeness.

Critical technical, professional, & personal capabilities:
Ability to use MS Office, especially Word and Excel, and other standard office software.
Ability to learn and use proprietary breeding management software systems (SPIRIT).
Good organizational skills.
Ability to work in a team and to communicate with individuals throughout the organization.
Ability and motivation to learn new technologies
Must have a valid Driver’s License and have ability to acquire and maintain a CDL and/ or a pesticide applicators license.
Ability to learn and perform maintenance; and operate farm machinery and field research equipment, seed laboratory equipment including: seed conditioning machines, seed counters, tractors, planters, combines, and other tools necessary for agricultural research projects.

Critical leadership capabilities:
Excellent communicator and team player
Able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems
Commitment to success
Willingness and ability to focus on parallel tasks to completion

Additional Information:
Travel requirements and other information:

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 research cycle.

Field, greenhouse, laboratory, office. Domestic travel required with occasional overnight stays. Travel outside continental U.S. may be required. Stays at off-season nursery locations may extend to two to three weeks. Potential allergens/pollen, fungal spores, chemical pesticides in the field or greenhouse.