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Senior Research Associate


Delmas, South Africa



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Industry Type:

Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

Career Type:

Researcher/Research & Development

Job Type:

Full Time

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Corteva Agriscience™, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.

We’re hiring for Senior Research Associate at Delmas
Learn how you can be our voice in the conversation about the future of agriculture. 

At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow what’s next. You will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture – leading breakthroughs in the innovation and application of science and technology. 
In this role, you will use your research/agricultural experience to serve as a team member mainly responsible for Parent Characterization trials for South Africa. This will include planning, planting, data collection and harvesting to provide quality seed parent characterization information for data-driven decision-making across all South African hybrid crops in collaboration with Seed Production & Supply Chain (SPSC) to improve producibility and lower production costs, aligned to the End-to-End principles.

You Will Be Part of Growing Team 
Research and Development – Seed Product Development

Your Challenge:
•    Support alignment and execution of regional PC experiments and protocols to the global PC/PR model driving high quality data acquisition for data-driven decision-making across all hybrid crops in the region;
•    Support region PC research team to deliver overall research goals and objectives aligned with corporate research and product targets and the End-to-End principles;
•    Partner with region Seed Product Development and PR leadership to design and execute PC experiments with a producibility mindset via the multi-crop/multi-function research center network to provide high quality, timely parent data for advancement decisions;
•    Establish collaboration between producibility information and product development customers (EZ/CZ leads, SPSC, PR, Commercial) to ensure product advancement decisions are made that meet customer need, deliver reliable seed production, and minimize production costs. Contribute to solutions to minimize production costs with challenging seed parents;
•    Contribute to culture of innovation by driving continuous improvement in processes, phenotyping, systems, and data management/analysis/information transfer. Encourage continuous learning activities and experiences;
•    Management and development of staff reporting to this role;
•    Other responsibilities may include managing PVP trials, material movement and stewardship related activities;
•    Live Corteva: Embed “executional excellence” into personal management practices and the norms established with the Africa region PC team;
•    Conduct all activities in the region with a priority on safety to achieve zero incidents;
•    Participate in improvement of safety programs and protocols (safety, efficiency, effectiveness) specific to direct work environment to identify and communicate potential risks and benefits;
•    Complete personal development activities as part of a performance management and development plan.

Key Stakeholders and Interactions:
You will work in collaboration with Breeders, other RA’s and SRA’s as well as global Parent Characterization and Production Research team members.
Delmas - Mpumalanga.



To Grow What Matters, You Will Need 
(Qualifications (5 bullet points maximum))

•    Education: Masters degree in agriculture with 3 years industry related experience or Bachelors degree with 5 years industry related experience.
•    Knowledge & Experience: Strong background and understanding of product development process. Knowledge and experience in working with and evaluation of crop traits in various crops. Strong background in statistics, experimental design, and analysis. Understanding of the seed business and what is required to meet customer need.
•    Skills: Strong organizational and communication skills; interpersonal skills; presentation skills; technical leadership; analytical/statistical skills; decision – making; coaching.
•    Abilities: Lead and enable the South Africa team to execute their goals within a multi-crop/multi-function research center network. Form key working relationships and collaborate successfully with key. stakeholders in Seed Product Development (EZ Leads, Ops Leads, research center staff), SPSC/PR, and Commercial to turn seed parent data into useful knowledge to meet customer need and minimize production costs. 
•    Leadership Aspiration: Products, Product Knowledge, and People.
•    After hours work required in season.
•    Ability to work outside in all kinds of weather.
•    Valid drivers’ license is required.

Who Are We Looking For?
•    Curious, bold thinkers who want to grow their careers and be part of a winning team;
•    Market shaping individuals who want to transform the agriculture industry to meet the world’s growing need for food;
•    Collaborators who thrive in a diverse, inclusive work environment;
•    Innovators who bring initiative and fresh ideas that drive our business into the future and make us an industry leader.

Growing What Matters Starts With You… What We Can Offer To Help You Grow?
•    Opportunity to be part of a global industry leader working to discover solutions to the most pressing 
agricultural challenges of our time;
•    Challenging work assignments that grow your skills, capabilities and experiences;
•    Opportunities for international rotations and relocation that will expand your global view and cultural experience;
•    Diverse, inclusive work environment where employees bring their whole selves to work and feel heard, valued and empowered;
•    Dedicated and customized resources to help grow your professional skills, industry expertise and personal perspectives;
•    Joining us is a natural opportunity to strengthen your professional network through valuable relationships;
•    Support the health and well-being of every employee by offering world-class benefits, meaningful work and competitive salary;
•    Performance driven culture with a strong focus on speed, efficiency and agility.

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Job Post Date: 08/19/22
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