Research Specialist

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Research Specialist

?Valent U.S.A. Corporation Job Opportunity RESEARCH SPECIALIST (JOB # 2016-9380)
Valent U.S.A Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited, engages in the development, registration, sales and marketing of integrated technological solutions for crop production and pest management that deliver value for our customers and stakeholders. A leading crop protection firm serving the agricultural and non-crop products markets in North America, Valent products help growers produce safe and abundant food and fiber crops, and horticultural professionals improve the quality of life for their customers.
The corporate motto, Products That Work, From People Who Care?, describes the company's business philosophy. Valent seeks out and provides customers with innovative and effective solutions to their production challenges.
Our vision is to be the best company delivering integrated solutions of biorational and traditional crop protection solutions to our customers.
Valent is dedicated to creating a world that is healthier and more comfortable, and that has a sustainable abundance of quality, affordable food, helping crops to be the ultimate renewable resource. We are currently searching for a Research Specialist to work with our Seed & Soil Enhancement Team in Seymour, Illinois.
Description of Job:
The purpose of this position is to execute scientific research and/or development strategies for the Seed Enhancement and Seed Protection portfolio of the company. Investigates feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions, products, and problems pertaining to assigned projects. Executes Field research, and greenhouse research for early screening through mature products. Maintains broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories related to field research and data analysis. Participates in development of patent applications. Interfaces with various departments. Uses professional concepts to contribute to the development of company concepts and principles and to achieve objectives in creative and effective ways. ? Performs plant protection and crop enhancement research and/or development in collaboration with internal scientists, formulation chemists, and marketing manager as well as outside researchers. Maintain broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories in seed treatment and in furrow application methods and related research. Experience with digital agricultural technology such as GIS, sensing and controller?s hardware is desired. ? Manage the seed treating program for all research and development trial work. Responsibilities will include acquire seed and products, treating seed with products and shipping treated seed to cooperators and researchers as specified by Product Development Manager protocols. ? Coordinate and conduct research trials with in-depth knowledge of agronomic factors in assigned territory for development of new products and uses (not labeled) per the product business plan. This includes seed safety, efficacy, residue and environmental fate studies (GLP). Has skills utilizing internal Research Information System (RIS) as well as ARM to develop study protocols and track/report results. ? Develop technical PowerPoint presentations and literature exercising in-depth knowledge of agronomics to support product use. Utilize excellent communication and presentation skills to conduct in house and customer demonstrations of seed treatment and/or in furrow equipment. ? Perform a wide variety of research and/or development field and greenhouse tasks and experiments in collaboration with others. Make detailed observations, analyzes data, interprets results and submit reports. Exercise technical discretion in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project strategies. Prepare technical reports, summaries, protocols, and quantitative analyses. Maintain familiarity with current scientific literature. Contribute to project process within his/her scientific discipline. Investigate, create and develop new methods and technologies for project advancement. Maintain high level of professional expertise through familiarity with scientific literature. May participate in scientific conferences and contribute to scientific journals. May be responsible for identifying patentable inventions. Use professional concepts in accordance with company objectives to solve complex problems in creative and effective ways.
Required to interact with a large range of internal employees/departments and external customers and must demonstrate excellent communication skills.
Internal contacts include the Business Manager/National FMD Manager, Marketing Management, Product Development Managers, Sales, QA, R&RA, Formulations, Residue Chemistry, ARC Personnel, Research Manager and other FMD Specialists.
1 ? 3 years of related experience. Education: MS, Ph.D. or equivalent in an applied agricultural related field such as Agronomy, Plant pathology, or Entomology.
(Equal Opportunity Employer / E-Verify Employer) ?
Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Sumitomo Chemical Company, a 20 billion dollar business, includes over 100 subsidiaries and affiliates operating in six business sectors – basic chemicals, petrochemicals and plastics, fine chemicals, IT-related chemicals, agricultural chemicals, and pharmaceuticals – and supplies a broad range of products for global markets. Sumitomo Chemical was thus founded as a company that sought to solve environmental problems while at the same time aiming to contribute to the development of agriculture.
Sumitomo Chemical Company conducts research & development to invent new chemistry in agricultural chemicals and new applications of existing chemicals and functional fertilizers in order to provide productive and environmentally friendly crop protection agents and labor-reducing farm technologies.

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