Soil Microbiologist, Agronomy


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Job Title: Soil Microbiologist, Agronomy
Location: Fresno, CA, West United States, USA
Company: Nutrien Ag Solutions, Inc
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Chemical, Pesticide and Fertilizer
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Job Description: Soil Microbiologist, Agronomy – Fresno, CA 
At Nutrien, our Purpose is to grow our world from the ground up and we do so with safety and integrity as our core values. Nothing is more important than sending our people home safe, every day.
Nutrien Ag Solutions is the retail division of Nutrien™, the largest crop inputs company in the world. As part of our collective mission of Feeding the Future, Nutrien Ag Solutions provides full-acre solutions through our trusted crop consultants at more than 2,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe and Australia. For more than 150 years, we have been helping growers achieve the highest yields with a wide selection of products, including our proprietary brands: Loveland Products, Inc.; Proven®Seed and Dyna-Gro®Seed; as well as financial, custom application and precision ag services.
We harvest the best. Diverse views and experience make us strong. We look for people who have a safety-first mindset, who are collaborative team players, who deliver on their commitments, who are innovators in search of a better way, and who believe in inclusion.
Working at Nutrien Ag Solutions will provide you an opportunity to help us Feed the Future, and grow your career.
The Soil Microbiologist is primarily a hands-on laboratory scientist who can integrate across disciplines. This role: Leads agronomy projects related to the effects of natural and synthetic soil amendments on soil microbiological function and associated impacts on soil fertility and crop growth; contributes to the safety and science output of a working soils laboratory which uses a wide variety of raw materials, including crop protection active ingredients, macro and micronutrients and a variety of biostimulants and other specialty inputs; interacts with product development teams and their leaders; and is accountable for tightly focused, world-class research which helps develop products with clearly demonstrated mechanisms which drive our company’s business growth. The position is primarily visible to other researchers, and also has considerable interaction with the business and other functions, including regulatory, field agronomy, and product development teams.
What you will do:
  • Draft formal project proposals which are peer reviewed by internal colleagues
  • Be fully responsible for hands-on research in the laboratory. Work side by side with shared technicians in our lab on site. Write protocols, implement research, analyze data, draw and share conclusions, and evaluate project success vs. project goals. All research is documented in formal reports
  • Modify existing soil microbiology SOPs for use in our lab, intended to help answer product development questions
  • Drive innovative solutions. Drive a balance between theoretical and empirical scientific approaches
  • Stay current with relevant professional / scientific societies. Read and share journal articles with colleagues. Lead and organize educational seminars & discussions on relevant topics
  • Foster scientific exchange & collaboration with other scientists in our group and across our company
  • Assume responsibility for certain analytical instruments and lab areas. Assigned areas will be exemplary in terms of safety and compliance
  • Take ownership for continuous improvement in the safety culture of self and colleagues
  • Lead and example of the company’s Behavioral Standards of Safety, Integrity, Inclusion, Performance, Community and Innovation
What you will bring:
  • PhD required, preferably in Soil Microbiology, Soil Ecology, or a related field; experience may be considered in lieu education
  • Minimum of 1 year of related experience in product development for nutritionals, crop protection or biostimulants required. Additional experience preferred
  • Self-motivation, assertiveness, initiative, and results orientation
  • Proficiency writing & reviewing research proposals, literature reviews, research protocols, analysis and interpretation of data and report writing
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and computer skills
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders in which you effectively listen well to others, and accept and provide constructive feedback, suggestions, and recognition as appropriate
  • Ability to think creatively and solve problems
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and drive results
Are you a good match? Apply today!
Nutrien Ag Solutions is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating an inclusive workplace.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics
This job will remain posted until filled. In accordance with Nutrien policies, you will be required to undergo a background check, and may be required to undergo a substance test. Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is a condition of employment and that proof of vaccination will be required, with minimal exceptions, unless prohibited by applicable law.  While we appreciate all applications we receive, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.
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Job Post Date: 11/15/21
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