Research Associate – R&D

Job ID: J3L0NR6F1KNDDYBQ89F
Job date: 2016-11-15

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Job Description:

Advanta US is an operating unit of Advanta, a global seed business that combines the most advanced techniques in conventional plant breeding with biotechnology to deliver world-class seed. Drawing on our global network of breeders and researchers, Advanta US is able to offer exclusive genetics and industry-leading hybrids in forage and grain sorghum and corn. Primary Responsibility:  Under the supervision of the Plant Breeder, the Research Associate will contribute to the team’s efforts to develop and evaluate sorghum inbreeds and hybrids by performing and assisting with many aspects of the station’s breeding program. Duties and responsibilities may be revised as needed by the Plant Breeder either verbally and/or in writing Major Job Responsibilities:
  • Seed packaging, planting, pollinating, note taking, harvest and shelling
  • Inventory and maintenance of seed stocks
  • Recruiting, training and supervising work with crews in field trials, nurseries and seed lab
  • Organizing and conducting field experiments. This includes site selection, planting, scouting, coordination of field activities, spraying and timely harvest
  • Use of MS Office programs especially Excel, Word and Outlook and learning in-house plant breeding software programs
  • Operation of field research equipment
  • Maintain the highest level of confidentiality, customer service and professionalism that promotes a positive image of the company and the research department
Job Requirements:
  • Agriculture - Knowledge of agriculture industry including sorghums - Strongly Preferred
  • Equipment Operation - Experience operating and repairing agricultural equipment preferred
  • Research - Experience in seed research preferred
  • Quality - Attention to Detail
  • General Math Skills - Including statistical analysis and interpretation
  • Computer knowledge – Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office Suite
  • Teamwork - Ability and willingness to work cooperatively with others
  • Multicultural Approach - Ability to work in a corporation with global network (global company)
Job Skills & Requirements:
  • Able to work well independently and with team members in a professional and respectful manner
  • Ability to organize and oversee multiple projects concurrently to meet deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Flexibility to travel and to work extended hours, including weekends, during planting, pollination and harvest season as needed
  • Able to obtain a valid Texas Pesticide Applicators license, have or obtain a Class A motor vehicle license
  • Ability to work required hours in both station and field, lift 50 pounds, work in testing and nursery fields including during pollen shed and operate a motor vehicle
  • Ability to maintain and make repairs is desirable but not mandatory
Educational Background: 
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 5+ years of experience in agricultural research field required
  • Master’s Degree and experience in seed research preferred
Travel Requirements:  Approximately 30% travel to company sites and including domestic and international travel Compensation:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience


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Advanta US is an operating unit of Advanta, a global seed company that combines the most advanced techniques in conventional plant breeding with biotechnology to deliver world-class seed. We are an international leader in the research, development, production, processing, marketing and sale of high-performance agricultural seeds.

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