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Biology R&D / Ag Biologist – Precision Application & Digital Farming – Research Triangle Park, NC (Position # 2201277) with BASF Ag Solutions in Research Triangle Park, NC

Type of position Permanent, full time
Employer BASF Ag Solutions
Description of Employer At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.
We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment with a strong emphasis on process safety, as well as the safety of our employees and the communities we operate in and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.
And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Large Employers in 2021. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!
Location Research Triangle Park, NC
Salary Competitive
Benefits Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You
Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.
The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.
BASF provides interesting and challenging learning and development opportunities to help you make the most of your talents and your job.
Closing date of competition 19 May 2022
Date position available 27 Apr 2022
Description of duties

Where the Chemistry Happens

This Biology R&D Precision Application & Digital Farming role will report to the Head, Precision Application and Technology & Knowledge Systems and contribute toward BASF’s vision for digital transformation and sustainable agriculture. The selected candidate will design, conduct, and analyze studies evaluating the physical and biological performance of precision application technologies including smart sprayer and drones used for the application of crop protection products. Supports connectivity of knowledge systems and technology in Biology R&D greenhouse, lab and field operations. Responsible for collection and analysis of remote sensing and aerial imagery data from R&D crop protection field trials for evaluation of crop health, and pest control and precision application.  The position will support Biology teams in the US and Canada.

Formula for Success

Design and conduct R&D Biology testing/trials to support the optimal use of BASF crop protection products utilizing precision application technologies with UAVs and smart sprayers. 

Evaluate various factors and conditions for optimal performance of crop protection products, including UAV platforms, nozzle / boom configurations, formulations, and control systems.

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders and external third parties on emerging technologies.
  • ?Enable Regulatory approval of UAV application for BASF products by developing trial design and methods.
  • ???????Help develop best practices for R&D and commercial use of UAVs for crop protection product application, pest scouting, crop health monitoring, and see and spray technologies.
  • ???????Support Biology R&D teams in the US and Canada for use of of digital and precision application technology and integration of tools for enhancing data connectivity, analysis, and access.
  • ???????Stay abreast of emerging technologies in precision agriculture to support sustainable use of BASF products
Qualifications sought

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or M.S. with relevant work experience in applied Data Science, Digital Agronomy, Agronomy or Plant Protection.
  • ???????Preferred field of study is Agricultural Engineering, Ag Systems Management, Crop Science, Agronomy, Plant Protection, or related fields.
  • ???????Knowledge of best management practices for crop, soil, and pest management and other sustainable agricultural practices.
  • ???????Knowledge of crop protection research processes/techniques, agronomic and plant protection practices.
  • ???????Strong analytical, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • ???????Knowledge and familiarity with computing systems, specifically ARM, MS Office, and others necessary for communication, data collection/analysis, and knowledge sharing.
  • ???????Passion for agriculture.
  • ???????Domestic travel (potential minimal travel to Canada or Germany) for this role is expected to be 10%

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong hands-on experience in precision agriculture and data analytics
  • ???????Experience with the conduct of small plot field R&D research trials.
  • ???????Knowledge of remote sensing and machine learning techniques
  • ???????Aerial Imagery and mapping skills using UAVs
  • ???????Experience in the application of crop protection products and working knowledge of the application factors affecting their performance and theoretical models that govern spray deposition, buffer size and off-target drift.
  • ???????Proficiency in the safe and efficient use of UAVs for crop protection product application.
  • ???????Experience with agricultural equipment, farming operations and challenges
  • ???????FAA Part 107 Commercial Drone Operator certification (or the ability to obtain certification as a condition of hire)
Application procedure  
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