Research Associate - Crop Genetics - #197380

Corteva Agriscience

Date: 04/08/2021 18:30 PM

City: Garden City, Kansas

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day


Who are we, and what do we do?

At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow what’s next. No matter your role, you will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture – leading breakthroughs in the innovation and application of science and technology that will better the lives of people all over the world and fuel the progress of humankind.

Our Garden City, Kansas research team has an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate to join their team. The Research Associate will assist with all aspects of yield testing operations including agronomic execution and data collection within the Garden City Research Station including maize breeding programs, wheat and sorghum yield testing and other cropping systems projects. This includes experiment and location planning, seed treating, seed filling, planting, spraying, data collection and harvesting of corn, wheat and sorghum research locations within Kansas to further local product characterization and advancement. This position will have specific accountability to effectively execute phenotyping activities and field operations.

How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you!

  • Provide field operations and phenotyping/characterization support.
  • Participate in experiment planning and location mapping and communicate with cooperators about current year needs for research crops.
  • Oversee preparation and maintenance of field equipment, which would include planter, sprayer, trailers, irrigation systems, and 2-plot combines. This will include operating complex electronics and GPS systems.
  • Ensure that spraying events and field cultivation are completed in a timely manner.
  • Assist with breeding program and research seed production activities, including seed preparation for planting, pollinating, and potentially hand harvest. Weekend work and overtime will be required during periods of peak labor that are critical to the success of the breeding program timelines.
  • Monitor research locations during the growing season for drought stress, irrigation requirements, as well as scouting for weeds, insects, and disease pressure.
  • Assist with soil sampling, nutrient management and herbicide planning.
  • Train, supervise and provide technical and operational leadership of seasonal and temporary employees while ensuring work is performed in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Provide phenotyping support as a drone pilot for data collection.
  • Reviews and summarizes phenotypic data.
  • Completes documentation and follows all protocols for safety and compliance.
  • May be requested to assist in conducting experiments at other company locations.
  • May be requested to support other staff projects.
  • May serve on teams appropriate to a specific research project or station function

Problem Solving

  • Determine how to conduct experiments to meet researchers needs within allotted time constraints.
  • Identify appropriate uses of company resources when conducting experiments.
  • Determination of data quality, as a result of environmental occurrences.
  • Determine when meaningful data can be collected from field experiments (e.g., differentiating levels of a disease infection).
  • Identify equipment to be repaired and/or replaced

Decision Making

  • Make daily decisions associated with conducting experiments.
  • Division of labor and time, most data collection activities are very time dependent, thus the need for an adequate balance and planning of labor and time.
  • Determining how to manage temporary labor most effectively across current tasks.
  • Decide priority of work activities.



What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?

  • Appropriate agricultural degree with 0 - 2 years’ experience in in agronomy, biology, plant breeding or scientific related field or equivalent level of relevant education and experience
  • Expertise in Agronomy, Plant Breeding and/or Plant Science and ageiculture equipment operation and maintenance preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as math and computer skills.
  • Demonstrated competency in team leadership and planning for complex projects.
  • Effective time management
  • Preferred knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis.
  • May be required to do physical lifting and work in varying ergonomic environments.


Let’s peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva!

  • Strike a better work-life balance with robust time off benefits including paid maternity, paternal and family illness leave
  • Prepare for your future with our competitive retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement program, and more
  • Enjoy access to health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment
  • And much, much more!

Ready to grow your perspectives, impact and career? Start by applying to this opportunity today!

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