Agronomic Research Specialist (Greenhouse) at Bayer A/S

Expires in 2 days

Your tasks and responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of this role, Agronomic Research Specialist, are to:
  • Manage the performance of breeding greenhouses, including: climate and photoperiod control, automated irrigation setup, and integrated pest management (IPM);
  • Manage daily greenhouse activities, including: germination and transplanting seedlings, pollen collection, floral emasculation, hand pollinations, haploid induction, and plant maintenance;
  • Provide process improvement leadership for existing and future workflows to drive continuous improvement;
  • Utilization of research equipment such as climate and irradiance logging systems, research seed processing equipment, and hand-held electronic devices;
  • Provide support for precision breeding strategies including soil fertility maintenance, optimum wavelength management, greenhouse capacity management, and new equipment technology and its application into a breeding seed production program;
  • Assist in computer-related activities, particularly bar code-based process management systems;
  • Organize and steward the shipment of nursery and seed testing materials;
  • Independently responsible for the implementation of unique and innovative technology solutions designed to improve research design and operations success through the use of new tools and methodologies to improve overall plant breeding phenotyping such as the pilot and use of geospatial systems, agronomic planting and harvesting tools, harvesting shelling systems, and data capture applications;
  • Collaborate with project team members to deliver detailed experimental protocols that enable advancement decisions by our scientists and placement decisions to our customers;
  • Organize and execute day-to-day priorities of the site either alone or as the leader of a small team such as; pre-season logistical trial planning, safety and compliance adherence in accordance with local and federal guidelines, and in-season phenotyping activities performed by contractors. Ensure delivery of seasonal workload by prioritizing between competing workflows and thru the creation of contingency plans. Will work through delegation to others and leverage personal networks to complete project objectives;
  • Train team members and seasonal employees on standard operating procedures, site and operation safety guidelines, and tool operations;
  • Supervise work of contractors that is performed on-site, or at field locations, coach our counsel as needed;
  • Engage in community relation activities including but not limited to community volunteer efforts, sustainability activities, and serve as a technical representative to external parties in partnership with Commercial, Marketing, and other functions on agronomic topics such as product pipeline development, agronomy practices, and compliance standards;
  • Travel up to 15% of the time particularly during peak seasons, which could be within a multi-state region;
  • Ability to work extended hours during peak seasons (including non-traditional day-time hours with the potential of limited overnight travel).

Who you are

Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values. More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:
Required Qualifications:
  • BS in Agronomy, Life Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, or related field with at least 2+ years proven experience through the combination of previous employment, co-op, or internship job experience or, Master’s Degree in relevant field with 1 year proven experience through the combination of previous employment, internship, or academic experience;
  • Broad knowledge and experience with agricultural equipment and row crop production practices and history of leveraging that knowledge in a research environment;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a collaborative team-based environment;
  • Capable of pulling, analyzing, and maintaining large data sets;
  • Basic understanding and passion for emerging trends in agriculture;
  • Experience with both standard MS Office computer and software systems used in scientific data analysis, with ability to quickly learn new software programs and tools;
  • Ability to manage contract and hourly employees work including coaching and counseling as needed;
  • Ability to work extended hours during peak operational seasons;
  • Valid Driver’s License;
  • Ability to lift up to 40lbs;
  • ID Pesticide applicator license (or ability to obtain).

Desired Skills:
  • Experience with seed technology industry or plant breeding;
  • Experience with precision agriculture hardware and software;
  • History of implementation of continuous improvements and new innovations through the work on project teams.

Domestic relocation assistance may be provided.
Country: United States
Location: ID-Filer
Functional Area:R&D other jobs
Entry Level:Professional

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