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Senior Research Associate

Date of posting here February 22, 2012
Type of position Full Time – Industry
Employer Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business
Location Johnston, IA
Closing date of competition 04/18/2012
Date position available Immediate
Description of duties The Senior Research Associate will support herbicide trait research activities by assisting in the planning and execution of field experiments designed to characterize the efficacy of native and transgenic traits for herbicide tolerance in maize and soybeans. Input Trait Development is a research team accountable for delivering insect and herbicide trait performance data necessary for the development, registration, and commercialization of new insect control and herbicide input traits in maize and soybeans. Members of this team work cross-functionally with other scientists involved in the development of new traits for insect and weed control, colleagues with marketing and regulatory responsibilities, and with key external academic stakeholders.

Operates in a team setting to establish annual research and individual development goals consistent with the goals of Pioneer Hi-Bred. Assists with the planning, design, and execution of regulated field trials to characterize the efficacy of lead pipeline, pre-commercial, or commercial native and transgenic events for herbicide tolerance early in the trait development process, relative to their planned use and product concept criteria. Maintains, organizes, and summarizes results of field experiments, suggesting actions to be taken to increase efficiency. Ensures that data are entered into appropriate database in a timely manner to effectively analyze results. Responsible for providing summary reports to key internal stakeholders. Ensures regulated field trials are conducted, documented, and summarized following Pioneer Regulatory Compliance best practices to maintain regulatory credibility with key stakeholders involved in the development, registration, and commercialization of biotech traits and crops. Serves on teams as appropriate to address specific research project needs. Manages hiring and training of part time/seasonal labor to meet project objectives. Ensures all operations are completed in a safe and cost-effective manner and on time. Participates on cross-functional, multidisciplinary teams within Pioneer charged with the planning, management and execution of advancement/development plans for native and transgenic events for herbicide tolerance. Responsible for continuously updating his/her own scientific background in research areas relevant to herbicide trait characterization and development. Refines and implements evolving technologies, equipment, and methodologies to improve testing.

Qualifications sought
  • Master’s degree in weed science, agronomy, or scientifically related field such as entomology, plant pathology, or integrated pest management.
  • Two years or more of industry related field research experience preferred.
  • Experience with handling and application of pesticides to target crops desired, and ability to obtain appropriate pesticide applicators license.
  • Experience with planning, executing, and reporting on field trials designed to characterize performance of herbicide activity desired.
  • Strong self-motivation and leadership capabilities to motivate others, initiate projects, make decisions, and effectively solve problems.
  • Requires excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with standard computer software products, data base management systems, hand-held electronic data collection tools, and basic experimental design and statistical analysis experience.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work with multidisciplinary teams at a remote field research center in a timeline-driven environment.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel domestically, with occasional international travel possible.
Application procedure
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Apply online at http://www.pioneer.com/careers. Submit to job 16729BR.
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