Agronomic Research Scientist – Seward, Nebraska
About SyngentaAs global demand for food and fuel continues to rise, we are dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Syngenta is one of the worlds leading companies with more than 28,000 employees in over 90 countries. We work in a collaborative and inspiring culture where personal contribution is rewarded and growth and development are at the heart of our culture.Through our world-class science, global reach and commitment to working with our customers, we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life.For more information about us please visit www.syngenta.comTerritory: Syngenta Seeds – Seward, Nebraska breeding station Purpose To identify, design, prepare, plant, maintain, harvest, and analyze agronomic studies on corn and soybean varieties that support Syngenta marketing objectives. Types of studies include product characterization, product interaction, technology validation, technology efficacy, and general agronomy.
Assist in presentation of educational handouts, reports, updates, and presentations on results of research studies and basic agronomy information for use by Syngenta Seeds personnel in sales calls, dealer training sessions, customer meetings, and influencer updates.
Coordinate day-to-day research and farming activities and prioritize personnel workload and task assignments at all research sites in which the station is responsible for.
Enable timely delivery of value added agronomic content that supports either the NK or Golden Harvest brand Agrocore zone battle plans
Enable sales teams & resellers with proprietary agronomic information to help create brand equity as an industry leading Trusted Agronomic AdvisorAccountabilities Work as a team to identify, prioritize and design agronomic research studies. This also involves determining seed and other agricultural product entry lists, and making all necessary pre-planting preparations to conduct studies (obtaining technology testing agreements, obtaining seed treatment materials, determining common use rates/activities of other agricultural products and obtaining these products for inclusion in studies, creating plot plans and field maps, treating seed, and counting/packaging seed).
Coordinate field activities such as planting, plot maintenance, and harvest of research plots and bulk crop areas. This includes routine site/farm maintenance activities such as tillage, soil sampling, and fertilizer applications, planting plots and bulk areas, applying/implementing treatments, collecting observations and in-season data, and maintaining the plots throughout the growing season. Fall activities include harvest counts and actual plot harvest.
Coordinate with seeds R&D trialing teams on agronomic characterization trialing to ensure clear accountabilities of activities such as trial writing, seed packaging, trial planting, stand counts, plot quality assessment and trial harvest at multiple locations are being properly executed.
Prioritizing tasks, assigning workloads, and coordination of treatment application and note taking activities of part-time workers.
Analyze data and prepare agronomic reports and presentations. Prioritize and conduct statistical analysis of yield and in-season data for each study, including combining data for multi-year and/or multi-site/multi-site-year analyses. Interpret analysis and develop initial presentation plan for discussion with agronomy team. Write report/update/presentation (or multiples of the three) of group consensus study interpretation in a user friendly and technically sound format.
Confidently present research and general agronomy information to Syngenta Seeds personnel, dealers, customers, prospects, and influencers. Examples of agronomy data presentation opportunities include Seed Advisor Training, Company Conferences, Winter Agronomy Meetings for customers and prospects, Crop Consultant Technical Updates, local dealer meetings, Field day event tours, and one-on-one contact with farmers. Agronomic Research Scientists present information through a number of formal and in-formal avenues and must be able to speak on a wide variety of agronomic and product issues with very short or no notice.
Oversee equipment preparation and maintenance to insure maximum precision in all treatment applications and data collection. This area includes daily routine maintenance activities, seasonal equipment preparation, design and/or design and creation of new pieces of equipment to improve treatment effectiveness and/or general farm efficiency, and a continuing understanding of equipment needs and status.
Personal development. Attend appropriate professional society meetings, university updates, and training seminars, and read scientific literature to maintain a strong agronomic resource base. Attend Company sanctioned and/or outside source training seminars on personal development and communication skills as agreed upon with manager.Skills:
Critical knowledge Ph.D. and/or MS in Agronomy / related field preferred.
or BS in Agronomy with a minimum of 5 years experience with direct involvement in agronomy research and data analysis.
Strong written and oral communication skills with ability to clearly and concisely deliver key messages.
Good personnel and facility management skills.
Understanding of statistical principals and data analysis
knowledge of farming best practices, seed technologies, crop protection.Critical experience5+ years of experience in Commercial or R&D Agronomy type role as well as strong technical background and understanding of sales/commercial aspectsCritical technical, professional and personal capabilities Self-management and prioritization skills
Prioritizes actions and ensure appropriate support and resources.
Skillfully plans, organizes and monitors performance to meet deadlines.
Coaches people to excel by giving clear, direct and skillful feedback.
Helps us see how our objectives are aligned to the company strategy and add value.Critical leadership capabilities Self-starter
Team-orientedCritical success factors & key challenges Communicating & presenting effectively to build excitement and interest in future agronomic research materials.
Ability to collaborate and share resources with seeds R&D trialing teams in order to leverage the scale of their planting/harvesting capabilities.Additional informationAbility to obtain a CDL drivers license
Ability to obtain a certified pesticide applicator license and apply pesticides
Ability to work irregular hours, days, evenings and sometimes weekends
Ability to work outside for a majority of the growing season.
Ability to operate a wide range of farm equipment of multiple sizes.
Ability to work / walk in dusty / inclement conditions with extreme temperature variances.
Ability to lift up to 60 pounds.
Late fall, winter, and early spring involve office work on a computer analyzing data and preparing educational materials and/or preparing for growing season research activities. Winter also includes presenting information at Syngenta meetings and attending University/professional society meetings.
Limited travel required during all periods of year.
.Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.