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Research Associate 2


Stanton, MN, Midwest United States, USA



Industry Sector:


Industry Type:

Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

Career Type:

Researcher/Research & Development

Job Type:

Full Time

Minimum Years Experience Required:




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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.


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Through leading innovations, we help farmers around the world meet the challenge of feeding a growing population and taking care of our planet. We are currently seeking a Research Associate for our Production & Processing team in Stanton, MN.


Role Purpose

The purpose of the Research Associate 2 is to support the local seed production and processing team in meeting the targeted goals for quantity, quality and efficiency for Seed Production Breeding Nurseries of field corn and soybean in a timely manner, strictly following HSE and Stewardship practices, as well as to support site management with the functional activities of a research station.


Responsible for efforts to maintain integrity of seed inventory, packaging, field layout, pollinating, seed processing, and data collection.

Functioning as an integral member of the production and processing team, leading aspects of packaging, processing, planting, cultivating, note taking and harvesting in seed production nurseries.

Performing all tasks and behaving 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.

Leading tasks completed by other FTE staff and third-party contract labor to achieve desired results.

Provide daily direction to contract staff

Provide task specific training to FTEs and contract staff

Leading complex projects and deliver on key targets.

Understand and operate within given budget

Effectively communicate regularly with peers and supervisors regarding the status of projects and work activities.


B.S. Degree in an agricultural related discipline and/or relevant experience.

A team player with an ability to lead independent projects.

Ability to use MS Office, especially Word, Excel, Power Point and other standard office software.

Experience working with interdisciplinary teams.

A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driver’s history and ability to obtain a Chemical Applicators License within 3 - 6 months of hire date is required.

Preferred Requirements

Two or more years of previous work experience in a related field

Experience with precision agriculture equipment and software systems

A basic understanding of agronomy, plant genetics and breeding is desirable.




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


Field, 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, and winter nursery locations

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.


Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's EEOC


Employee Polygraph Protection Act EPPA



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Job Post Date: 06/10/22
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