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Associate Investigator, Propagation Associate (BS/MS) (015404W-01) with DuPont Crop Protection in Newark, DE

Type of position Industry
Employer DuPont Crop Protection
Location Newark, DE
Salary Unspecified
Closing date of competition 9/12/2017
Date position available Immediate
Description of duties

The DuPont Crop Protection, Herbicide Discovery Group has an immediate opening for a motivated Associate Investigator to work in our Newark, Delaware research facility. The successful candidate will have the responsibility to grow, maintain, and deliver high quality plant material for projects related to the discovery, optimization and characterization of safe and sustainable new weed control technologies for Global agriculture. Emphasis is on organizing a balanced approach of continuous experimentation, improvement, and validation of procedures while meeting production needs for the Herbicides Biology group testing schedule.  Capability in growing plants and conducting experimental tests are essential.

Working in a team environment, the successful candidate will have job responsibilities, which include but are not limited to:

  • Plant bioassay propagation: successfully grow and maintain a wide variety of high quality bioassays to support multiple levels of screening operations in controlled greenhouse and growth chamber environments. In depth understanding of water, light, temperature, and fertilizer requirements of different species as related to healthy plant growth is a must.
  • Knowledge and ability to recognize plant nutrient deficiency and toxicity symptoms
  • Understanding and ability to utilize greenhouse and growth chamber settings to manage operational variables for improved impact on plant propagation
  • Ability to troubleshoot impediments to successful plant propagation and devise improvements in species propagation protocols
  • Assisting with projects aimed at new plant variety/biotype selection for testing
  • Coordinating greenhouse maintenance, cleaning, and spraying schedules
  • Function as a liaison between Potting & Seeding and Herbicide Discovery teams to facilitate understanding around dynamic research needs and opportunities for improvements
  • Identification and resolution of concerns associated with growing media, seed, and cultural/process practices within Herbicide Discovery and Potting and Seeding groups
  • Manage templates used in the topShelf® inventory & work management program for plant orders.  Assist in the management of work orders and inventory items (e.g., soils, cut flats, etc.).
  • Coordinate and execute bridge testing of all seed lots
  • Ability to collect and summarize data on plant growth parameters, to support plant propagation improvement projects

This role provides an opportunity to work with diverse spectrum of plant species and screening levels. Successful candidate should demonstrate ability to understand and track optimum biological growth needs of species under different environmental conditions.  This role requires strong ability to maintain a uniform plant growth suited to a screening level throughout the year to support Herbicide Discovery efforts. 

Qualifications sought

Minimum Requirements:

  • B.S. or M.S. in Biological Sciences, or at least 10 years work experience in a research environment.
  • Work experience as a grower or plant propagator in academia or industry
  • Strict observance and adherence to required and approved safety procedures.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including group presentations of experimental results.
  • Strong track record of accomplishment.
  • Good computer skills with an understanding of MS Windows Operating System and typical MS Office suite applications as well as applications such as Outlook and other databases.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Willing to work in a group of diverse people while supporting team members to meet team objectives. As appropriate, possess the ability to work independently.

DuPont is a global Fortune 100 company, operating in 70 countries today. We are looking for people who have a passion for delivering innovative, sustainable solutions that meet our customer needs for a better, healthier, safer life.  DuPont offers an exciting place to work where thousands of innovations are introduced every year. At DuPont, you will find sustainability in our vision, our business and your future. If you want to work on the leading edge of your field and have a desire to make a difference, join DuPont and discover The miracles of science™.

DuPont is an equal opportunity employer and an E-Verify employer

Contact for additional information Tracy Lillie – tracy@ecreativegroup.com
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