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Research Technician

Company: Grow Pro Genetics LLC
Location: Hamel
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Position Overview:
We are seeking a Research Technician to join our Soft Red Winter Wheat research and development team in Hamel, IL. As a Research Technician, you will provide operational and mechanical support regarding wheat product development. You will be involved in all phases of maintenance, planning, growing, phenotyping, harvesting and processing of research materials to meet pre-commercial product advancement, nursery pollination and data quality goals. Adoption and implementation of evolving technologies and methodologies that enhance and improve wheat product development & research processes will be required. Previous experience with agricultural equipment and maintenance programs is preferred.
Essential duties and Responsibilities
Safety
Promote safety in all shop, field, greenhouse, and lab duties.
Equipment
Operate and maintain research equipment to collect high quality data.
Fabricate innovative solutions to enhance daily operations.
Flexibility
Willingness to learn and adapt new skills to advance research and development goals
Work extended hours and weekends during peak season (June through October) to ensure timely delivery of research goals.
Regional travel to plot locations that may include overnight stays.
Data Integrity
Work with trialing manager to ensure data standards are met and reported in a timely manner.
Nursery Management
Record phenotypic notes and record off types for advancing populations.
Lead seasonal employees in the field to maintain purity standards and produce high quality seed.
Inventory Management
Process seed according to appropriate quality standards.
Maintain seed identity throughout the entire pipeline.
Update inventory and coldroom storage as needed.
Lead seasonal employees through processing and packaging activities.
Qualifications
Education
Bachelor's degree in agriculture related field preferred or Associates degree + 2 yrs experience -or 5 years of experience in an agricultural or maintenance position
Knowledge of equipment and maintenance
Knowledge of plant breeding and genetics
Experience
2 yrs. relevant experience preferred
Farm equipment maintenance/operation
Field Crop Research
University breeding/research program
Software
Mastery of Excel/spreadsheets
MS Office Applications
Experience with data analysis software
Ability to learn precision agriculture software (GPS Support, Drone support)
Skills
Attention to detail.
Ability to learn agricultural research equipment and maintenance.
Welding experience preferred
Ability to lift 50lbs. repeatedly throughout workday
Ability to work independently and focus to meet deadlines.
Ability to collaborate with team to improve efficiency and quality
Ability to work outdoors for prolonged periods of time.
Ability to work around wheat pollen and dust.
Licenses
Ability to obtain CDL and DOT Medical Card within 3 months of hiring
Ability to obtain appropriate pesticide licenses for all relevant categories within 3 months of hiring
Willingness to obtain FAA part 107 license to fly drones
Apply at: https://growprogenetics.com/jobs/research-technician/

Keywords: Grow Pro Genetics LLC, Springfield , Research Technician, Professions , Hamel, Illinois

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