Research Associate

locationSaskatoon - Saskatchewan (SK),

atCorteva Agriscience

Estimated salary $44.40 - $55.64 an hour

Job Description:


Who are we, and what do we do?

At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow what’s next. No matter your role, 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 that will better the lives of people all over the world and fuel the progress of humankind.

Our Saskatoon research team has an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate to join their team. The Research Associate (RA) will assist in conducting field research to develop and evaluate canola, corn, and soy varieties in both small and large plot trials based out of the Saskatoon Business and R&D Center. Responsibilities will include planting, plot maintenance, harvesting, maintaining, and operating research equipment, seed packaging, and agronomic trait data collection. This position will also play a large role in making agronomic decisions on site selection and crop management including weed and pest control. The position will support all other research activities as appropriate. The candidate must have excellent communication and personal interaction skills to foster teamwork and build relationship with cooperators.

How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you!

  • Assist with breeding activities, including seed preparation for planting, phenotyping and combine harvest, executing with adherence to protocols, procedures, and resource allocations. During peak periods, weekend work, overtime and overnight stays will be required.

  • Monitor on- and off-site research locations throughout the growing season and communicate field conditions to research center managers. This ensures fields are weed-free, and data collection and harvest activities occur in a timely fashion resulting in quality data.

  • Assist with file manipulation and summarizing the results of the experiments. Computer skills and the use of Corteva proprietary software for completing these tasks will be a significant component.

  • Effectively communicate

with the Saskatoon research center staff, and other researchers to ensure proper data collection procedures are followed, timelines are met, and quality data is entered for advancement decisions.

  • Support other research center activities across crops and functions to achieve project goals. Serve as the lead for assigned research center safety programs.

  • Organize and supervise part-time and temporary employees ensuring work is performed in a safe and efficient manner. Communicate procedures and expectations to personnel.

  • Operate and maintain agricultural research and full-size equipment. This includes tractors, planters, sprayers and combines.

  • Qualifications


    What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?

    • A Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, agriculture, or similar discipline with up to two years of related experience.

    • Self-motivation and the ability to initiate projects, make decisions, and solve problems.

    • Ability to manage multiple tasks/projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.

    • Proficiency with strong experience and skills with computer tools like Office programs and data management programs.

    • Excellent communication and personal interaction skills to foster teamwork, enhance a positive working environment, and effectively develop strong internal and external working relationships with a diverse group of people.

    • Ability to maintain and operate agricultural research machinery.

    • Ability to obtain a pesticide applicators license and CMV to haul trailers.

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

    • Capable of working outdoors and in various environments. Willing to work additional hours/weekends during peak periods. Travel to off-site locations with occasional overnight stays will be expected.

    • Interpersonal communication and teamwork skills, conflict management, work accuracy, timeliness, and adaptability to change are essential.

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