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Breeding Project Lead, East Market – Downers Grove, Illinois

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Job Title: Breeding Project Lead, East Market – Downers Grove, Illinois
Location: Downers Grove, IL, Midwest United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed and Biotechnology
Career Type: Analyst/Estimator
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: Competitive
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About SyngentaSyngenta
is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing
plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries
work together to solve one of humanitys most pressing challenges: growing more
food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace
environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and
trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our
customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. No
matter what your position, you will have a vital role in safely feeding the
world and taking care of our planet. Join us and help shape the future of

Syngenta, we are working to build the most collaborative and trusted team in
agriculture that provides leading seeds innovations to enhance the prosperity
of farmers. We are currently seeking a Breeding Project Lead (BPL) for the East
Market located in Downers Grove, Illinois. The BPL will be focused on implementing
strategies that aid in the development of commercially successful lines and
hybrids and ensures all activities act to enhance genetic gain and the
long-term success of the breeding program.
They will contribute to the development of inbred lines and hybrid
varieties of corn (103-117+ RM) that meet the performance targets set by the
East Market Segment with input from the Product Placement Scientists and the
business unit. The BPL also participates in nursery and hybrid testing related
activities and the takes ownership of assigned areas in the breeding program.

  • Develop
    awareness of market needs for commercial products throughout East Market
    Segment area. Interactions with Product Placement Scientist colleagues and
    Sales/Commercial unit personnel to anticipate product performance gaps and
    contribute to a research plan to address these gaps
  • Using
    hybrid prediction tools, generate lists of new hybrid combinations for yield
    trial evaluations.
  • Assist
    with the writing of summer and winter nursery and yield trial experiments
  • Provide
    meaningful input on hybrid advancement decisions. Work with Market Segment team
    to ensure appropriate selection criteria and target product profiles are being
  • Generate
    reports/tables/charts to highlight to other functions and management how
    product performance is measured over time or in comparison to check hybrids in
    a current growing season
  • Implement
    new breeding techniques, being familiar with the advantages/limitations they
    might provide. Acquire a basic understanding of underlying theory
  • Implement
    new field designs to improve data quality
  • Implement
    marker breeding techniques and GWS strategies to improve breeding potential of
    early generation lines and selection of F1 breeding projects for doubled
    haploid induction


  • PhD
    with 2 years in plant breeding preferred in either a commercial or academic
  • In-depth
    knowledge of plant breeding, genetics, statistics and field design, plant
    biology and marker breeding techniques including genome wide selection GWS
  • Background in two or more of the following areas:
    plant breeding, genetics, statistics, plant biology/pathology/botany, marker
    assisted breeding/GWS
  • Project management and budgeting experience in a
    team-oriented atmosphere
  • Regional travel within the United States required,
    especially during harvest period. Occasional international travel to winter
    nursery locations and in support of global germplasm exchange is possible
  • Individual must be authorized to work
    in the United States for Syngenta without work authorization sponsorship now or
    in the future
  • Visa sponsorship is not available for
    this position
What We Offer:
  • Full Benefit Package
    Medical, Dental & Vision that starts the same day you do
  • 401k plan with company
    match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution
  • Paid Vacation, 12 Paid
    Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness
    Programs, Corporate Discounts among others
  • A culture that promotes
    work/life balance, celebrates diversity and offers numerous family-oriented
    events throughout the year
is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment,
hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of
race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation,
marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

and Medical Leave Act FMLA

Employment Opportunity Commission's EEOC

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Job Post Date: 09/12/20
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