Research Agronomist Montana
Location: Research and Development
Job Type: Full time
Nuseed delivers VALUE BEYOND YIELD® through dedicated service, locally proven canola, carinata, sorghum and sunflower seed for farm customers and new plant-based solutions for end-use customers globally. Our industry leading Beyond Yield Carinata and Omega-3 Canola products provide a truly sustainable platform recognizing the ever-evolving environmental challenges our world is facing. All of this is core to our global commitment and what sets us apart. Over 300 Nuseed employees work across our global locations, including three world-class Nuseed Innovation Centers. Established in Australia in 2006, Nuseed has grown to offer industry leading germplasm, advanced molecular capabilities, regional R&D and commercial teams in Australia, Europe, North America and South America, and sales in more than 30 countries. Nuseed is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nufarm Limited (AUX: NUF).
Based in Great Falls Montana, Nuseed has an opportunity for a Research Agronomist. The new role provides support of the execution of the Nuseed internally managed Omega-3 Trials in Montana, USA working with lead agronomist and breeding operations manager to obtain high quality trials and robust data sets. The U.S. based Research Agronomist will take a lead role in all aspects of R&D related work pertaining to the Canola program in Montana and the US. There will a significant amount of travel during peak times during the growing season, which could span from mid-March to November, depending on the region. This will be an exciting opportunity to help set direction and be an integral part of a team and demonstrating an active and healthy R&D effort in the region. This position will also work closely with the team of commercial agronomists and business development and marketing staff in a unified effort to grow the Canola business in the United States.
Reach Your Potential:
- Work with co-operators to oversee northern US externally managed trials.
- Lead field preparation for Montana internally managed Omega-3 trials, from seeding to spraying and plot maintenance, timely data collection, subsampling and harvest.
- Work with breeders to clarify expectations and priorities.
- Work with other agronomists to maintain and update standardized data collection templates
- Responsible for equipment purchase and some maintenance
- Assist with harvest and subsample seed cleaning and facilitation of quality analysis
- Assist sales group with field tours as required during season to aid with product acceptance by the market
- During winter support updating SOPs and writing business cases
- Responsible for summer student recruiting and supervising
- Look for technologies that can potentially help the Canola program be more successful – e.g. seed coatings, growth regulators, soil amendments
- Take careful observations, photos, and notes of the various trial types being conducted across the Southern U.S. as part of site visits
- Arrange quality analysis of seeds or grain from the R&D program or on-farm trials
- Key participant in Product Advancement meetings and other strategy setting meetings within Nuseed particularly for the U.S. Canola program
- Utilize technologies such as drone imaging to help increase accuracy and efficiency of data collected and interpretations of that data
Nuseed is looking for a candidate with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent post-graduate level training in areas related to agronomy or breeding, plus two or more years of work experience in related fields.
Do you have excellent people skills, the ability to work as a positive team contributor and in collaborative settings towards common goals? Are you a good communicator, and able to represent Nuseed well? The right candidate is a highly self-motivated individual who will proactively work towards key objectives. You will have proficient computer skills and be able to learn databases or other software as required. You have a working knowledge of cropping systems and agronomic practices common to Montana and the Northern US and a strong foundation in disease and pest management techniques and products, and are familiar with common challenges to crop productivity in regions of interest.