Research Assistant – Zambia Testing


Main Purpose:
Trial seed preparation, field preparation, trial planting, field plot management, data collection and trial harvesting.
Key Responsibilities:
Plant and harvest maize yield trials in Zambia and be responsible for the timely and accurate collection of the relevant data from these trials.
Utilization of research equipment such as tractors, planters, sprayers, shellers and hand held computers.
Manage different operations such as seeding, management of trial plots, data collection, harvest, etc.
Assist in computer related activities and manage testing activities such as operation of shellers, seed treating and packet arrangement.
Assist in other projects and perform other duties as and when required.
Actively participate in the evaluation and implementation of new technologies.
Actively involved in selection of trial locations.
Communicates with farmers regarding coordination of trials.
Supervision and training of temporary employees.
Be actively involved with the implementation of Monsanto’s ESH policies to ensure a safe work environment.
Extensive road travel and time away from home during planting and harvesting period required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

Required:
 BS degree in agronomy, plant science, or related discipline or 3 years agricultural research experience with an Agricultural related diploma.
Knowledge of crop production, farm practices, farm equipment operation and repair.
Knowledge of field research trial set-up.
Computer skills in MS Office applications and the ability to learn new programs.
Excellent organizational and record-keeping skills.
Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to effectively balance and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.
Team player spirit.
Strong results orientation, meticulous attention to detail and good organizational ability.
Passion for fieldwork.
Valid driver’s license and a willingness to travel extensively to the maize growing areas of Zambia and spend time away from home during peak seasons.

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