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Location: - (Clinton, Illinois, Mid-West United States, USA)
Open Til: 28-Apr-12
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Agronomy
Career Type: General
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
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Division: Biological Assessment
State/Province: Illinois [IL]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Research Associate 1-2
Job ID: 2899
The purpose of the Research Associate is to lead the execution of cereals trials, strictly follow compliance guidelines and stewardship practices, and provide quality yield and agronomic data to assist scientists in delivering project goals by providing technical assistance, as well as to support site management with the functional activities of a breeding testing station.
Accountabilities: Provide quality yield and agronomic data within the scope of trialing primarily supporting cereals research.
Functioning as an integral member of a team responsible for packaging, planting, cultivating, scouting, managing and harvesting yield trials and bulk breeding nurseries.
Supporting efforts to maintain integrity of seed inventory, packaging, field layout, seed processing and data collection.
Follow all USDA and EPA compliance regulations and Syngenta stewardship guidelines.
Assist in maintenance and routine service of vehicles, field and specialized equipment allocated to the program.
Accurately executing experimental procedures that have been explained in general terms and recording all observations, data and results.
Working with scientists on team assignments to achieve project/product goals.
Providing day-to-day guidance to other personnel.
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.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Critical knowledge: :
B.S. degree in a relevant scientific discipline or equivalent years of experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of breeding or other required scientific principles.
Experience in cereals research/production and/or farming operations and farm equipment operation. Has or has ability to obtain a CDL, pesticide applicator's license, and forklift operator's certification.
Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges: Critical technical, professional & personal capabilities:
Ability to use MS Office, especially Word and Excel, and other standard office software.
Ability to use and support proprietary systems (SPIRIT).
Excellent organizational skills.
Ability to work in a team and to communicate with individuals throughout the organization.
Ability and motivation to learn new technologies.
Ability to use professional concepts and company policies and procedures to solve a wide range of difficult problems in imaginative and practical ways.
Ability to work on project/products of moderate scope where analysis of data required evaluation of identifiable factors.
Ability to exercise judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
Critical Leadership Capabilities:
Travel Requirements and other infromation:
WORKING CONDITIONS / PHYSICAL DEMANDS
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 70 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
WORKING CONDITIONS WHILE PERFORMING ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Conditions are often dirty, dusty, and hot in combination with noisy equipment. Potential allergens-pollen, fungal spores, chemical pesticides in field or greenhouse. Exposure to high and low temperatures, sun, rain, and dust. Significant domestic
TRAVEL: Significant domestic and some international travel throughout key markets required.