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Research Associate

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Job Title: Research Associate
Location: Montech, France
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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The main purpose of this position is to provide support for the Multicrop Research program at Montech. The position is a part of a team of agricultural research scientists with the goal of developing elite germplasm to create improved inbreds and superior market leading hybrids for Continental Evaluation Zone.


  • Participate and coordinate all yields trials (Sunflower and Corn) operations 40%
    • Organize seed counting and sorting for yield trials. Prepare seed for winter nursery.
    • Plant yield trials, official trials and nursery.
    • Do various note takings through the season, harvest yield trials, official tests and nursery.
    • Thinning and gap notation in yield trials.
    • Do shelling, counting and all work related to these processes.
    • Transport and operate the harvest machine, control and maintenance of harvest machine and NIR equipment system.
    • Ensure good data quality by harvest.


  • Lead and supervise a group of seasonal workers 15%
    • For seed preparation.
    • During seed counting process.
    • Thinning/counting yield trial plots.
    • Note taking.
    • Manage also independently pollination/observation in the nursery and
    • During harvest period.

  • Inspects and performs routine maintenance on research equipment used for nursery or yield trials. 10%
    •    Maintenance for handhelds & weather loggers and other equipment used for data collection. Conduct storage of research supply. Prepare the equipment for and end of seasons.
    • Deliver the season information on equipment system to equipment contact.
    • Respond to surveys, fill out equipment information logs.
    • Communicate equipment problems, inventions and ideas to equipment contact and managers. Attend training sessions on equipment maintenance and then train center staff.


  • Work with the computer and the corresponding software so that seed preparation (mapping, printing of bags, labels), planting (creating/loading of EL, experiments, locations), loading of seasonal notes, harvest results and data quality (phenotypic and molecular) is done accordingly 15%


  • Promote and maintain a safe work environment: 10%
    • Check technical equipment for the standard of Pioneer and the French working rules and take care that the equipment is safe according to the newest standard.
    • Be responsible to safety programs.



We are excited to announce that Corteva Agriscience is the name of the new Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. We are bringing together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences to create a market-shaping, standalone agriculture company with leading positions in seed technologies, crop protection and digital agriculture. We will work across the global agriculture value chain to create a more efficient food system.

At Corteva Agriscience, we seek to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume. This means we will help rejuvenate the agricultural ecosystem to support people and the planet and to ensure progress for generations to come.




  • Bachelor degree in Agriculture and/or 2-3 years experience in field experiments (agronomic).
  • Good knowledge of agronomic machinery (planter, combine) including their maintenance.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in France and good verbal communication skills in English.
  • Good knowledge and experience in computer skills.
  • Good knowledge of experimental design.
  • Understanding of plant breeding, new technologies (molecular, DH) and statistics.
  • Willing of learn new processes and technologies.
  • May be required to do physical lifting and work in varying ergonomic environments.
  • Be able to manage traveling abroad and working abroad with agronomic machinery.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • The driving licenses C & E would be appreciated


DuPont Pioneer ( headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is the worlds leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. DuPont Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success.








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Job Post Date: 04/14/19
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