Research Associate – #01ESX

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Research Associate – #01ESX

Twenty years from now, the earth???s population will need 55% more food than it can produce now.  Today, Monsanto is working with farmers around the world to do something about it.  In over 60 countries, Monsanto has established industry-leading products because we give professionals the freedom to make real decisions.  Monsanto is an Employer Of Choice with an outstanding professional development program and a history of building careers.   Make an impact by joining the team that is working to solve one of mankind???s greatest challenges.Monsanto is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to join a multidisciplinary research team in Harrisburg, South Dakota focused on conducting field trials as a part of our North America Field Testing Organization.  These field trials provide critical field performance data to drive development and selection of the best products for our farmer customers.  This position is a part of a diverse team including breeders, scientists, agronomists, and engineers all working to deliver the best sustainable agricultural solutions ??? producing more food with less resources.   The successful candidate will be able to quickly establish themselves as a team leader through their ability to prioritize effectively, collaborate to get work done, and demonstrate competence in all aspects of plot management.  The work will include all aspects of field testing operations, and can change and evolve quickly throughout each annual season.  Tasks will include leadership in the areas of field selection and preparation, experiment planning, seed preparation, planting, data collection, agronomic management, and harvest.  A research associate is also expected to be a leader in establishing partnerships with other Monsanto research teams, as well as cultivating community relationships.   This role offers a great team environment and excellent opportunities for growth, both at the site and at other sites.   Responsibilities:Provide the highest quality field trial data to our breeders, scientists, and other partners by continuously innovating and driving optimal field trial managementCollaborate to design and deliver experiments that are operationally streamlined while providing data that drives good product decisionsOperate and maintain cutting edge research equipment – planters, environment and plant monitoring systems, combines, etc.Lead day to day decisions on priorities and resource allocations within the teamAssist site leadership in driving a strategic vision for the team???s long term goalsSupervise and train temporary and seasonal employeesModel Monsanto???s commitment to safety, sustainability, and product stewardshipOvernight travel during planting and harvest season is possible.  Several 2-3 day trips for training and other meetings are likely during the year.  Overall travel is approximately 15% of the time.Qualifications:Required Education and Skills/Experience:Bachelor???s Degree in Agronomy or related field At least 3 years of relevant industry or academic experienceBroad knowledge of agricultural equipment and row crop production practicesExperience taking a leadership role within interdisciplinary teamsDemonstrated initiative and implementation of mid and long term strategic goalsPassion for and solid knowledge of emerging trends in agricultureSkilled with MS Office and other standard computer and software systemsAbility to work extended hours during the peak seasonsAbility to travel up to 15%Ability to lift up to 40 lbs Desired Education and Skills/Experience:Master???s Degree in an agriculture related fieldExperience with seed technology industry and plant breedingKnowledge of precision agricultureBackground in statistics and experiment designHistory of implementation of continuous improvements and new innovationsWho is Monsanto? Monsanto is an agriculture company with more than 20,000 employees focused on making a balanced meal accessible to everyone. We work to help farmers produce food in a more sustainable way. We think about how our food is grown so farmers have the tools they need to have better harvests.We believe that bringing diverse perspectives together is the most effective way to develop creative solutions to some of the world???s biggest challenges. Career opportunities at Monsanto range from farming, plant breeding, chemistry and engineering to marketing, environmental science, IT and many other areas. We???re always looking for exceptional professionals interested in developing a strong career while collaborating to develop solutions for sustainable agriculture. Sound like a job for you?Why work with us?Life at Monsanto means collaborating with dedicated professionals in a stimulating environmentOur people demonstrate our winning culture through positive and meaningful relationshipsYou will work with market leading brand products in a global organizationWe provide competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and some of the best career development opportunities in the industryMonsanto is named Great Place to Work in many countries around the worldJoin our global team where your contribution will make a real difference!

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