DuPont Summer Seed - Research Associate in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Summer Seed - Research Associate (Job Number: RES00004209)


Want to make a difference in our world by meeting the challenges of feeding and powering a growing planet?

Enjoy a challenging and fulfilling career with an international employer. Pioneer Hi-Bred International has business operations in more than 90 countries, and is committed to increasing food production with high quality Pioneer brand products and agronomic knowledge that maximizes agricultural productivity. By combining conventional and advanced plant genetics, Pioneer is delivering solutions to help meet the needs of a growing population’s demand for agricultural seed.

Position Description:

This positions focus is on the planning, creation of seed for testing, characterization as well as inventory of parental material in South Africa.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Conducts experiments, to completion, according to specific procedures - safe working procedures, including improvement of best practices.

  • Effectively manage field activities such as planting, thinning, pollinating and harvesting, coordinating with Scientists and Impact teams.

  • Lead seed processing, preparation and inventory management.

  • Inspects, utilizes and maintains research equipment and machinery.

  • Hiring, orientation, organization and supervision of employees ensuring work is performed in safe and efficient manner.


Knowledge, Skills, Competencies and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, biology or related field with 2 years industry related experience.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and computer literate.

  • Agricultural research background preferred.

  • Demonstrated competency in planning projects.

  • Previous experience in operating various field equipment including tractors, planters and combines preferred.

  • May be required to do physical lifting and work in varying ergonomic environments.

  • Willingness to work additional hours if required and travel overnight to offsite locations if needed.

  • Must have an EB driver license, preferred EC license.

Primary Location: EMEA-South Africa-Mpumalanga-Delmas

Organization: Pioneer

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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