Connell Alfalfa Breeder (PhD)

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Connell Alfalfa Breeder (PhD)

The scientist will be responsible for an alfalfavarietal breeding program working with the team of alfalfa scientists andvarious colleagues in Plant Breeding and the larger Corteva Researchorganization.  The breeding program will be focused on delivering geneticgain through varieties and hybrids that meet the needs of our customers and ourbusiness.  The scientist will be expected to help develop and use a fullsuite of available technologies to accelerate the rate of genetic gain andbuild a sustainable breeding program. Manage a breeding and genetics program that delivers
superior alfalfa germplasm which provides performance improvements
consistent with product development objectives.?Hands-on? utilization of enabling breeding
technologies in the implementation of the breeding program including
precision phenotyping, molecular breeding, and information management.Collaborate with internal scientific partners in the
identification of key breeding targets, strategies and tools including the
development and application of molecular markers and other technologies to
enhance the breeding process.Develop partnerships with the alfalfa breeding team and
other colleagues in the development of strategies to deliver alfalfa with
superior performance in a cost effective manner.Facilitate information flow among alfalfa team members
and other parts of the organization as necessary.Interact with colleagues outside Corteva as required
with emphasis on key universities.Works under limited administrative/strategic direction.?         Contributesto leadership aspects of the Research Center activities through the following:o   Compliancewith Core Values and business/regulatory requirementso   Clearcommunication with other scientists and staff as required for the success ofall center activitiesQualifications:Scientific leadership which
ensures the collection of high quality phenotypic data.PhD in plant breeding or plant genetics, with an
emphasis in the areas of genetics and molecular genetics.An independent, highly motivated, and self-directed
scientist is required.Comprehensive knowledge and applied research experience
in plant genetics or plant breeding.Strong verbal and written communication skills and a
proven ability to work well in a team environment.Experience or familiarity with molecular breeding
methods.Experience with field research processes and phenotypic
data analyses and utilization.Strong organizational skills to plan and coordinate experiments
across locations and abilities to effectively share results across the
organization are required.Excellent personal interaction skills required for
effectively developing strong internal and external working relationships
with a diverse group of people.We seek unique leaders who are strongly motivated by
the desire to solve scientific questions; who are highly skilled
quantitative scientists that excel at deeply investigating phenotypic and
genetic information; and who can deliver results in a fast-paced,
team-oriented environment.Must be able to work in varying ergonomic environments
including field activities such as planting, harvest, sampling, and data
collection.

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