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Associate Investigator – Plant Pathologist – Discovery Plant Disease Control


Date of posting here February 28, 2012
Type of position Full time
Employer DuPont
Description of Employer 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. You will have opportunities for growth through involvement in various dynamic industries from high-tech to high-performance; including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation, and apparel.

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 scienceā„¢.

Location Newark, DE
Description of Location Stine-Haskell Research Center
Salary Competitive and commensurate with background and qualifications
Closing date of competition April 27, 2012
Date position available Immediately
Description of duties DuPont Crop Protection is seeking a motivated, capable Biologist as an Associate Investigator to join its Global Discovery Plant Disease team located in the Newark, DE facility.

The successful candidate will work on all aspects of Plant Pathology including all phases of the fungicide screening process, such as test set-up, formulation and spraying of experimental compounds, inoculation, rating, computer data entry and analysis, and quality assessment. Activities will also include design, set-up, implementation and evaluation of experiments with results to be compiled, interpreted, and effectively communicated in both written reports and oral presentations. Participation in field trials may be necessary. The focus of the work will be research related to the discovery of compounds with fungicidal activity.

Job Duties:

  • All aspects of work relating to the discovery of candidate fungicides, including compound dilution, formulation, application, spraying and biological evaluation.
  • Bioassay design, implementation and execution. Research may require field trial applications and numerous biological observations.
  • Field, growth chamber and greenhouse plant production and propagation as necessary to support research efforts.
  • Plant pathogen culture, inoculation and aseptic and sterile techniques as necessary to support research projects.
  • Data collection, analysis and report generation using a variety of software programs. Familiarity with Crop Protection data management systems a plus.
  • Photographic and microscopy experience, skills and interests also a plus.
Qualifications sought
  • BS/MS degree in Plant Pathology, Botany, Plant Science, Agronomy, or a B.S. degree in a related science field with experience working in commercial agriculture/horticulture, or equivalent work experience.
  • Knowledge of plant pathology preferred.
  • Ability to design, plan, and implement experiments, evaluate whole-plant and microbiological assays, summarize and interpret results (including quality assessment)
  • Ability to present summary technical results in both internal and external meeting formats and effectively communicating results in written and oral reports.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, including flexibility to:
    1. adapt to changing priorities/responsibilities
    2. learn new techniques
    3. undertake non-routine tasks, and/or
    4. move to where extra resources are needed.
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Additional Information DuPont is an equal opportunity employer and an E-Verify employer.
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