Research Associate 2

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Job Title: Research Associate 2
Location: Clinton, IL, Midwest United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology
Career Type: Researcher/Research & Development
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Job Description: 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 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.



About Us

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 Soy Trait Introgression Team is currently seeking a Research Associate 2, located in Clinton, Illinois.



Role Purpose

The purpose of this Research Associate position is to assist the facility manager in successfully delivering soybean trait development/conversion projects in a high throughput growth room facility.  This role is responsible for implementing all growth room/greenhouse tissue sampling activities to support GM soybean conversion projects






•    Accurate and efficient coordination of inventory activities to include cold store management, trial preparation, threshing operations, and data reporting.

-    Manage inbound and outbound shipments to the facility.

.•   Provide technical assistance such as printing pots stakes/pollination tags, running trial reports, and all related SPIRIT/MINT activities to support key growth room functions.

•    Assist with all other critical growth room processes; including, but not limited to, planting, pollinating, harvesting, material inventory, and facility tasks.

•    Provide task specific training to Greenhouse Associates and contract staff.

•    Provide daily direction to contract staff.

•    Perform all assigned responsibilities and behave in a manner compliant with, and in support of, all company safety policies and practices, including required company training and safety meetings.

•    Ensure all tasks are completed efficiently, accurately, and in full compliance with USDA/EPA regulations and Syngenta’s Stewardship guidelines.

•    Effective daily communication with supervisors and peers regarding the status of projects and tasks.


    B.S. Degree in an agricultural related discipline and/or relevant experience preferred. Experience with greenhouse controls and artificial environments and or demonstrated ability to operate and maintain similar equipment desired. A basic understanding of plant genetics and breeding is preferred. Clear understanding of the practices and procedures that affect trial data precision and accuracy. Understand and use of modern agronomic practices. Demonstrated outstanding communication skills. Experience working with interdisciplinary teams. Demonstrated initiative and implementation of specific, measurable performance objectives. Ability to use and support proprietary IT systems and MS Office, especially Word, Excel, Power Point and other standard office software. Ability to obtain a Chemical Applicators License to assist with TI spraying activities conducted on site. Must have a valid US Driver’s license. 



Preferred Requirements


    Experience creating and maintaining Excel macros Familiarity with seed technology industry and plant breeding methodologies. Knowledge of best practices in agronomic management. History of implementation of continuous improvements and new innovations. Plant, maintain, and harvest crop trials to meet deadlines. Coordinate and manage workload to complete objectives and tasks with very tight deadlines. Must be detail oriented, and drive attention to accuracy. Along with the ability to continually improve a process.





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, 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.


Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's EEOC


Employee Polygraph Protection Act EPPA




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Job Post Date: 05/11/22
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