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Job Title: Research Associate 2
Location: Owatonna, MN, Midwest United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Input Retail, Cooperative and Related Crop Services
Career Type: Researcher/Research & Development
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: Competitive
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About Syngenta:Syngenta
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

About Us:Through
leading innovations, we help farmers around the world meet the challenge of
feeding a growing population and taking care of our planet. We are currently
seeking a Research Associate for the North America Seeds Development
team) in Owatonna, MN.

You will help meet the
worlds most pressing needs by:

a Research Associate you 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 Managers 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, 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 complaint (planting,
    phenotyping, pollinating, harvest).
  • Effectively
    communicating regularly with peers and supervisors regarding the status of
    projects and work activities
  • Work with a moderate level of supervision while
    traveling to off-site locations to accurately collect and manage data
    obtained from trials.
  • Plant, spray, maintain, and harvest crop trials to meet
  • Coordinate and manage workload to complete
    objectives and tasks
  • Receives and passes complex information on
    to required parties while making calculations and straightforward analysis
    as needed
  • 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 Syngentas commitment to safety,
    sustainability and product stewardship.

    • Skills:

    • Bachelors
      Degree in an agriculture-related discipline and/or relevant experience
    • Knowledge of or experience with
      drone technologies highly 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.
    • Must possess strong attention to detail and an
      unrelenting commitment to quality.
    • Good organization skills and explains tasks to others.
    • Familiarity
      with seed technology industry and plant breeding methodologies.
    • Experience
      with precision agriculture equipment and software systems.
    • Knowledge
      of best practices in agronomic management.
    • Knowledge of or experience with
      Almaco or precision planting equipment.
    • Knowledge
      of or experience operating commercial or research combines. 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.
    • CDL
      Class A with Airbrakes or ability to acquire.
    • Pesticide
      Applicators License Holder or ability to acquire.
    • 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
    • Working
      Conditions / Physical Requirements:

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

      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

      Polygraph Protection Act EPPA

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      Job Post Date: 09/23/20
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