Associate Scientist 1 Job
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Division: Biological Assessment
Function: Winter Nursery
City: Kekaha
State/Province: Hawaii [HI]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Associate Scientist 1
Job ID: 3542

Role Purpose/Accountabilities:
Role purpose:

Lead a trait conversion team in the development and introgression of key traits into Syngenta germplasm, assist other crops (soya, wheat, sweet corn, vegetables, etc.), and support the Traits Lead and Station Manager’s targeted goals for precision, accuracy and efficiency in site operations.

- Coordinate with internal staff and external service providers such as marker, zygosity and ELISA labs to ensure all nursery activities such as planting, sampling, pollinations, and harvest are accomplished with required timeliness.
o Maximum cycle times of 120 days from planting to the next planting.
o Adequate staff for planting preparation, sampling, pollination and harvest.

- Closely coordinate and communicate project status with Traits Lead and other conversion team stakeholders.
o Maintain and report an accurate and timely project status of assigned conversion projects.
o Ensure adequate parental seed is on hand for each planting cycle.
o As required, be able to track and communicate to stakeholders of conversion projects conversion seed quantity and its location.

- Accurately communicate with Traits Lead and Site Management concerning the coordination and sharing of resources.

- Full compliance with and ownership of Trait Stewardship guidelines.
o Operate within and enforce Syngenta stewardship policies and processes.
o Fully understand and adhere to SQC gateways.
o Assist in the development of Site Work Instructions and protocols pertaining to trait nursery functions.

- Encourage safety awareness and fully support station safety objectives.

- Train and develop direct reports as well as assist in the training of other station personnel as appropriate.

- Working with other managers, maintain a fair and even allocation of additional assignments for direct reports.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

Critical knowledge: :

- Understand and execute scientific method and genetic principles behind event selection and/or trait conversion.
- Knowledge of standard computer software, including MS Office Suite.
- Excellent analytical and deductive reasoning skills.
- Excellent organizational and communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work positively and effectively with internal and external personnel and agencies.
- Working knowledge of trait stewardship and HSE principals, as well as applicable Federal, State, and Local regulations.
- Uses skills and abilities to contribute to the development of concepts, protocols, and techniques.
- Proficient in planning and assigning field trial activities.
- Works on complex assignments using judgment and initiative.
- Cooperates with other managers in planning and execution of programs and innovations.
- Develops the skills necessary to recognize and resolve problems.

Critical Experience:

- MS degree in Plant Breeding, Agronomy or a related field, or BS with five or more years of experience.
- Related experience in trait development or trait conversion, preferably in corn and soya.
- Experience working with regulated traits in field environments.
- Demonstrated successful supervisory experience.

Critical technical, professional, & personal capabilities:

- Ability to work with individuals in different functions throughout the company.
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural team environment as well as work independently.
- Ability and motivation to learn new technologies and concepts.
- Ability to learn and develop proficiency with complex breeding and resource management software.
- Ability to provide day to day directions to employees.

Critical leadership capabilities:

- Manages people less than 75% of the time.
- Sets ambitious strategic goals for self and direct reports.
- Fosters a culture of creativity.
- Focuses energy on must wins
- Recognizes and celebrates successes.

Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges:
- Effectively working with the Traits Lead, Delivery Scientists, other Trait Introgression Development (TID) Staff and Station Functions to execute objectives of trials conducted in Hawaii within the TID group and coordinate trials conducted in Hawaii, Mainland, and other winter nursery sites.

Additional Information:

- All applicants must be eligible to work in the US.


- Bending
- Kneeling/crouching/crawling
- Lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds
- Sitting
- Standing
- Stooping
- Walking



- Able to work outdoors in various weather conditions including sun, heat, rain or wind.
- Able to work in an agricultural field where the terrain may be uneven, muddy, dirty, or dry.



- Drive Company Vehicle*


* Review Fleet Policy - Requires Valid Driver License and Driving Record. MVR less than 3 violations within 18 months

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