Field Trialing Research Associate 2

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Job Title: Field Trialing Research Associate 2
Location: Malta, IL, IL, Midwest United States, USA

Company: Syngenta
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Produce & Produce Related Services
Career Type: Researcher/Research & Development
Job Type: Full Time

Job Description:

At Syngenta, we believe every employee has a role to play in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. To support that challenge, the Trialing NA Seeds Development Team is currently seeking a  Field Trialing Research Associate 2, to be located in Malta, Illinois

Role Purpose
This role will provide the highest quality field trial data through timely and accurate note collection and sound trial execution. This includes supporting local trialing efforts to create superior products, as well as assisting the Trialing Manager's targeted goals by continuously innovating and driving optimal field trial management.


  • Functioning as an integral member of a team responsible for a full range of seasonal routine tasks including but not limited to planning, actively communicating, packaging, planting, note taking (phenotyping), and harvesting yield trials.
  • Operation and in-field maintenance of agricultural machinery and/or agricultural research equipment.
  • Supporting efforts to maintain integrity of seed packaging, field layout, planting, data collection, and harvesting.
  • Performing all tasks and behaving in a manner compliant with and in support of all safety and stewardship-related company policies and practices, including completing all required company training courses.
  • Supervising operational teams that include third-party contract labor and Syngenta full-time staff on and off site to achieve data-driven results and resolves minor problems or complaints.
  • Effectively communicate regularly with peers and supervisors regarding the status of projects and work activities.


  • Bachelor's Degree in an agriculture-related discipline and/or relevant experience preferred.
  • Experience with precision agriculture equipment and software systems.
  • A basic understanding of plant genetics and breeding is desirable.
  • Clear understanding of the practices and procedures that impact trial data precision and accuracy.
  • Understanding and demonstrated use of modern agronomic practices.
  • Proficiently communicate and work well as part of a team.
  • Plant, spray, maintain, and harvest crop trials to meet deadlines.
  • Must be able to work independently without supervision while traveling to off-site locations to accurately collect and manage data obtained from trials.
  • Coordinate and manage workload to complete objectives and tasks.
  • Must possess strong attention to detail and an unrelenting commitment to quality.
  • Good organization skills and ability to explain tasks to others.
  • Pesticide Applicators License Holder or ability to acquire required.
  • Receives and passes complex information on to required parties while making calculations and straightforward analysis as needed.

Preferred Requirements

  • Strong agronomic skills related to insect, fertility, and water management.
  • Experience with precision agriculture equipment and software systems.
  • Clear understanding of the practices and procedures that impact trial data precision and accuracy.
  • CDL Class A with Airbrakes or ability to acquire preferred.
  • Takes a broad perspective to problems and identifies issues and patterns from partial conflicting data or information.
  • Willingness and motivation to learn, implement and champion new technologies.
  • Demonstrated initiative and implementation of specific, measurable performance objectives.
  • History of implementation of continuous improvements and new innovations.
  • Model Syngenta's commitment to safety, sustainability, and product stewardship.
  • Knowledge of precision research equipment and applications.
  • Ability to use MS Office, Smartsheets and other standard office software.
  • Ability to use and support proprietary IT systems for data collection/analysis, tracking agronomic practices, and metric and KPI tracking.

Working Conditions: 

  • Capable of working in high or low temperature conditions in field.  Capable of lifting up to 50 pounds.  Capable of working long hours during time-critical periods of the growing season.
  • Field and office.  Domestic travel required with occasional overnight stays. Potential allergens: pollen, fungal spores, chemical pesticides in the field.
  • Seasonal travel to off station testing locations, project meetings.  Domestic and international travel required with seasonal overnight stays


  • Seasonal travel to off station testing locations, project meetings.  Domestic and international travel required with seasonal overnight stays

Additional Information

  • 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, 9 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


Syngenta 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.
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Company Description

Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 30,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity's 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. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.

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Job Post Date: 10/21/23
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