Senior Research Associate
Pioneer - Johnston, IA

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Leads data collection efforts geared toward the characterization of corn and soybean production environments. Assist in the analysis of environmental data using advanced statistical and crop growth and development models to support the development and placement of maize and soybean products adapted to abiotic stresses. Support applications of environmental data for plant breeding and product characterization and placement worldwide. This position requires a client service focused, socially agile individual with outstanding quantitative analytic and computational abilities. Duties/Responsibilities Coordinates the deployment of environment monitoring instruments in research field locations

Oversees the flow of quality controlled data from proprietary environmental monitoring instruments and public sources into central database

Works in conjunction with research scientist and other team members to develop applications of crop growth and development models for environmental characterization, breeding, and product management and placement

Assist research aimed at characterizing Pioneer maize and Soybean products for differential sensitivity to environmental stress using deterministic and stochastic modeling tools

Apply appropriate statistical models and data visualization tools for exploratory analysis of vast amounts genetic, phenotypic, and environmental data

Facilitates information flow between team members, the project leader and other parts of the company

Maintains positive interactions with the clients and provide support to decision-making processes

Works under limited administrative/strategic direction. Self-directed in technical efforts Education and Experience M.Sc. in Agricultural Meteorology , Agronomy, Soil Sciences, Biosystems Engineering, or related field and a minimum of 2-4 years of relevant work experience required. Equivalent levels of relevant education and experience will be considered. Competencies Availability for traveling mainly within the central and western U.S.A.

Good communication skills and ability to work with diverse teams

Understanding of crop growth and development models

Experience with data mining, database management and programming

Experience with statistical analysis of agronomic data

Experience providing solutions for the simultaneous needs for rapid problem solving using established methods and exploratory/discovery research