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Scientist, Biology with The Scotts Miracle Gro Company in North America,–Florida

Type of position Permanent
Employer The Scotts Miracle Gro Company
Location North America,–Florida
Salary DOE
Closing date of competition 03-7-2020
Date position available ASAP
Description of duties The successful candidate will become a full time member of Scotts’ Biotech team. The objectives for the Biotech program are to 1) develop novel and value-added turfgrass varieties and blends, 2) develop data to support claims around these products, 3) understand and develop programs to ensure success to the consumer when using these grasses, and 4) work closely with cooperators to produce these products effectively and economically. The successful candidate will be working in a hands-on environment within a multi-functional team and should have strong communication skills.

Typical project assignments may include:
* Prepare, establish, maintain and evaluate turfgrass field trials
* Measure the effects of biotic and abiotic stresses and management on turf performance using technology and visual methods.
* Collect, record, analyze, interpret, and present experimental data
* Facilitate cooperative research projects with universities that may require travel
* Collaborate with internal and external resources
* May have to work occasional weekends in the greenhouse or field

* MS degree in Turfgrass Science Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Science, or relater field required
* PhD in Turfgrass Science, Plant Breeding, or related field preferred

* Experience with turfgrass field plot trial work
* Experience with quantitative and qualitative field plot evaluations
* Familiarity with field plot design and statistical analysis
* Turfgrass breeding and development experience a plus
* Familiarity with molecular breeding methods
* Familiarity with warm season grass biology, maintenance, and production systems
* Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication

* Familiar with turfgrass and weed species and identifying characteristics
* Familiar with landscape tools, turf maintenance equipment, turf maintenance chemistries, and irrigation operation
* Familiarity with agronomic practices and seed production

Important attributes:
* Upbeat and positive attitude
* Strong work ethic
* Willing to “push up sleeves and jump in” to be a team player
* Extremely organized
* Able to develop collaborative relationships with internal and external partners
* Ethical
* Desire to learn
* Public speaking
* Ability to lift 50 lbs

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