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Research Associate 2


Clinton, IL, Midwest United States, USA



Industry Sector:


Industry Type:

Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

Career Type:

Researcher/Research & Development

Job Type:

Full Time

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Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.


About Us

At Syngenta, we believe every employee has a role to play in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. To support that challenge, the Seeds Development Operations Team is currently seeking a Research Associate 2, located in Clinton, IL.


Role Purpose

To produce high quality seed in quantities to meet the local trialing and breeding efforts for corn and soybean. Also looking for this role to bring new ideas and ways of working to push standardization and efficiencies across all nursery activities.



  • Function as an integral member of a team responsible for a full range of seasonal tasks including but not limited to planning, actively communicating, processing, packaging, planting, pollinating, note taking, and harvesting of breeding nurseries.
  • Supervise operational teams that include third-party contract labor and Syngenta full-time staff onsite and, in the field, to achieve desired results.
  • Train third-party contract labor and Syngenta full-time staff on operational tasks.
  • Effectively communicate with peers, supervisors, and trial owners regarding the status of projects and work activities.
  • Perform all tasks and behave in a manner compliant with and in support of all safety and stewardship related company policies and practices, including completing all required company training courses.


  • B.S. Degree in an agricultural related discipline.
  • An understanding of plant genetics and breeding practices for corn and soy.
  • Experience in operating and maintaining agricultural machinery, specifically regarding planting and spraying operation.
  • Possess or ability to obtain Commercial Applicator’s License.
  • Comfortable leading and owning processes with ability to present updates to large audiences
  • Team focused and able to work in a matrix organization.
  • Demonstrate outstanding communication skills.
  • A valid US driver’s license with an acceptable driver’s history



    Capable of working in high or low temperature conditions in field or greenhouse.  Capable of lifting up to 50 pounds. Capable of working long hours during time-critical periods of the growing season



    Field, greenhouse, laboratory, office.  Domestic and international travel required with occasional overnight stays. Stays at off-season production/nursery locations may extend to two to three weeks.  Potential allergens pollen, fungal spores, chemical pesticides in the field or greenhouse.

  • Seasonal travel to off station testing locations, project meetings.  Domestic and international travel required with seasonal overnight stays.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience managing regulatory biotech field trials.
  • Understand and use of modern agronomic practices.
  • Willingness to drive change across teams.
  • Future interest in managing and developing employees.
  • Ability to use MS Office and other proprietary IT systems for data collection/analysis, tracking agronomic practices, and metric and KPI tracking.
  • Ability and motivation to learn new technologies.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.

What We Offer

  • Full Benefit Package Medical, Dental & Vision that starts the same day you do
  • 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution
  • Paid Vacation, 9 Paid Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts among others
  • A culture that promotes work/life balance, celebrates diversity, and offers numerous family-oriented events throughout the year

Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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Job Post Date: 01/14/22
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