Field Biologist - Seeds & Traits R&D
Dow Agrosciences - Homer, IL

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Dow AgroSciences, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, develops leading-edge crop protection and plant biotechnology solutions to meet the challenges of the growing world. Dow AgroSciences (DAS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company and had annual global sales of $5.7 billion in 2011.

Under the general supervision of the Sidney Station Leader and Field Station Operations Leader, the Field Biologist will apply crop cultural techniques and crop breeding principles in the development of corn inbreds and the conducting of replicated yield trials in full compliance with all DAS, State, and Federal regulations. Additionally this position will support the Corn Breeders and Field Station Operations Leader with administration and site specific projects to ensure location goals are met.

Responsibilities:
Conduct various field activities, including but not limited to nursery support , database management, seed handling, planting, tissue sampling, pollinating, note-taking, plant selection, planting, harvesting, shelling, drying, data analysis, reporting, and seed shipping.

Assist in managing the collection of phenotypic observations on the nursery and yield trial material and assist the plant breeders with data collection in the inbred nursery, topcross isolations, and hybrid yield trials.

Provide on-going leadership, coaching, and feedback to part-time employees.

Actively participate in multi-disciplinary teams comprised of lab, field, parent seed, and management personnel.

Contribute leadership skills, ideas, and support for the overall breeding program, as well as other station initiatives including those relating to Human Resources, Environmental Health & Safety, and cross-functional teams.

Travel to off-site field locations, research stations, and winter nursery sites as needed.

Ensure that DAS EH&S, Department of Transportation (DOT) and station regulations and policies are enforced.

This position is located in Sidney, IL, USA

Qualifications

Bachelors or Masters degree in Agronomy, Biology, Crop Genetics, or equivalent industry experience

Solid understanding of plant breeding, genetics, molecular biology, agronomy, statistics, transgenic crop development, emerging technologies, and customer needs.

High level understanding of corn research activities and methodologies

Demonstrated personal leadership, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills.

Ability to take initiative and work effectively on teams.

Must have enthusiasm and aptitude for learning and continuous improvement of critical research activities.

Extremely well developed computer skills will be essential to succeed in this position.

Must have a positive health and safety attitude and be willing to instill this attitude to fellow coworkers.

CDL and Pesticide licenses or the willingness and ability to acquire is strongly desired.

Primary Location

North America-USA-Illinois-Homer

Schedule

Full-time

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