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North and West Integrated Field Scientist, California (MS/PHD)

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Job Title: North and West Integrated Field Scientist, California (MS/PHD)
Location: Fresno, CA, West United States, USA
Company: Corteva
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed and Biotechnology
Career Type: Researcher/Research & Development
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: 0
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Who are we, and what do we do?

At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow whats next. No matter your role, you will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture leading breakthroughs in the innovation and application of science and technology that will better the lives of people all over the world and fuel the progress of humankind.



How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you!

This position conducts and/or monitors trials to characterize the field performance of traits and chemistry in line with technical objectives provided by the IFS Centers of Expertise (CoE) and pertinent company stewardship guidelines. Serves as the interface between the Commercial and the Field Science organizations.  Provides technical support of existing products.  North and West Commercial Unit (CU)-based collector and interpreter of the technical needs of users, influencers, channel partners and the local sales team regarding Corteva products.  Translates these needs into questions to be answered by respective IFS projects, and leads the biological positioning decisions and inputs within Local Product Concept Teams (LPCT) at the project level.  Ensures that all appropriate biology questions asked by the LPCTs are answered.  Owner of the local biology package.  Accountable for the design, implementation, interpretation, documentation and presentation of the research to address assigned biology key questions. Supports product launches as part of a cross-functional team in the country or Commercial Unit. If Principal Biologist responsibility is assigned, in collaboration with Zonal Biology leadership, the Field Scientist writes protocols, distributes trials, conducts Research Peer Review, analyzes and summarizes data, and develops and presents the end-of-season protocol summary file.  May also have Zonal Biology leader responsibility as assigned.

Key responsibilities
     R&D Facing 
  • Accountable for flawless field trial execution: Selecting sites based on technical objectives, understanding and writing of protocols, forecasting sample needs and organizing local shipments of test items. Accountable for exact planting, applications and evaluations as well reliable upload of data to pertinent data bases. Accountable for destruction of crop after trial completion according to local regulations.
  • Organizes field tours upon request and selects appropriate trials to support decision making in a regional/global trial program.
  • Works closely with LPCTs to ensure that CU biology needs are included in the core biology package.
  • Provides the linkage between the LPCT and the Biology Team.
  • Contributes within the Biology Team to assist with the creation of the biology workplan.
  • Networks with internal and external investigators assigned to the research to summarize all trial data and draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Fully accountable for data management (including statistics) associated with the field and/or glasshouse trials through completion and archival of all relevant reports.
  • Develops research proposals, including protocols with interpretive intent and resource needs, for assigned key questions per the documented process to ensure that local needs are incorporated as needed.
  • Identifies key questions and coordinates research to elucidate line extensions and new business opportunities.
  • Implements the latest methods for experimental design and interpretive analysis to address questions within the scope of the product characterization process.
  • Assists GBLs/ZBLs in strategy of local data generation for pipeline and existing products to ensure optimal technical value propositions for final products and cost-efficient trial plans.
  • Measures and documents field performance, understands resistance issues, and identifies trends and issues relative to current and emerging competition in the assigned territory.  Proposes technical positioning to the Portfolio Leadership Management Teams based on local needs and requirements in the assigned territory.
  • Serves as R&D expert and technical focal point for specific products and crops in the assigned territory.
  • Represents Corteva at relevant academic and government institutes in the assigned territory and documents emerging trends and technology related to agriculture.
  • Serves as ad-hoc advisor to Marketing Teams, Program Mangers, Portfolio Marketing Leaders at local level.
  • Responsible for presentations at data review meetings as well as reporting and archiving work on time.  Assures that biology is incorporated into local product labels and all new uses proposed have supportive data to demonstrate safe biological use.
  • Author any required biology regulatory packages for local regulatory process and address any biology issues that may arise during submission.
  • Lead Biology evaluations for Regional Growth Initiatives.
  • Provides input on the critical assessment and prioritization of technical needs and activities essential to the implementation of business strategy.
  • Focal point for local country/CU and R&D functions pertaining to technical issues/queries related to the assigned products.
  • If applicable:  Responsible for generation of relevant Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) documents for the CU, together with CU / Country Registration Specialist(s) and according to local LPCT proposals and needs; responsible for GAP updates, if needed, and defense of them in front of Regulatory Team Leader(s).

Commercial Facing, as part of Local Technical Expert or Technical Education responsibilities

        Existing Business:
  • Provides product support to the Existing Business as defined by the LPCTs and prioritized by the Regional business.
  • Designs and manages demonstration Sales Support trials as needed in specific Region and role (Protocols, data collection, communication of findings).
  • Technical support to Commercial for meetings with third parties on existing actives.
  • Second-level support following sales team for complaint management.
  • Facilitates the incorporation of biology and regulatory information into the country label - responsible for the finalization of the Label inclusion of Corteva products in local official protocols / approved lists.
  • Gives biology know-how support for existing products, regarding technical transfer, labels, etc.
  • If applicable:  Provides GAP information on use patterns and actual use patterns of Corteva products to networks.
  • Works with Zonal Biology Leader(s) to develop new uses/markets in the regions for increased sales/penetration.       

New Business:
  • Interacts with the Biology Team, LPCT and other relevant Technical Teams on the exact objectives and reasons for trial work to support customer needs.
  • Defines local biological questions to fit desired product technical positioning and reaches agreement with the LPCT.
  • Contributes local agronomy know-how to protocol design for projects.
  • Coordination for specific CUs by facilitating teamwork within the area around the most common tasks (protocol building, multi-trial platforms with IFS, use of databases, definition of similar geographies, etc.).
  • Contributes to case building for new projects/programs.
  • Contributes to the completion of the attributes list and their weighting.  Utilizes technical teams to develop understanding of program technology.
  • Works with Predictive Ag Team to provide technical support on next-generation pest control and ag practices.
  • Works with Regulatory specialists to ensure that all trial work is done in compliance with local regulations. Reviews the biological regulatory package prior to submission.
  • Attends Annual Research Cycle review meetings regarding relevant projects/programs and represents local needs.
  • Assists local Marketing and Commercial teams in providing technical support and training with new Corteva portfolios, with special emphasis on IFS.
  • Liaises with channel partners, end users, officials and other influencers regarding the project/program in order to report on desired and realistic biological positioning for end user programs.



What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?
  1. Broad scientific and agronomic understanding and leadership, ability to select optimal test sites and strategies and good understanding of trial designs and goals.
  2. Versatile individual who can solve practical problems in sometimes remote locations and is committed to a strong safety and stewardship culture.
  3. Agronomic and business experience in relevant geography across multiple disciplines.
  4. Research design and analysis skills applied biology and R&D methodologies, broad technical knowledge of products / markets, practitioner-level of agronomic and / or pest management skills, statistical analysis, computer proficiency (e.g., data management) and teamwork. 
  5. Experienced in summarizing trial results.  Good listener and interpreter of views from a wide range of inputs. 
  6. Good communication skills to transfer knowledge across the network and within the region.
  7. Good command of English as well as local languages that are relevant to the allocated territory.
  8. Ph.D. or M.S. in biological sciences, including Entomology, Nematology, Plant Pathology, Weed Sciences or related field, and three to five years of field research experience.  Candidates with a B.S. in biological sciences with 10+ years of years of field research experience in specialty crops also be considered.
  9. Excellent computer, data management, statistical analysis, and data presentation skills are essential.
  10. Understanding of product needs for North American markets.


We care about you and we care thatyou're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.



Lets peek at how you can grow yourwellbeing, health, and future at Corteva!

-       Strikea better work-life balance with robust time off benefits including paidmaternity, paternal and family illness leave

-       Preparefor your future with our competitive retirement savings plan, tuitionreimbursement program, and more

-       Enjoyaccess to health benefits for you and your family on your first day ofemployment

-       Andmuch, much more!


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Job Post Date: 02/29/20
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