Research Associate - Kenya / Zambia Breeding

Monsanto’s Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) corn breeding program is seeking a Research Associate to work with our SSA Corn Breeding Team.  The incumbent will work closely with the commercial breeder, regional breeder, key internal customers and stakeholders including Technology Development, Pre-Foundation and Product Management and will coordinate activities in a breeding program using all available breeding technologies and global germplasm at their disposal to implement and execute a highly successful corn breeding program. The Research Associate will ensure the implementation of suitable ESH procedures to ensure the safety of all team members.
Key Business Responsibilities
Assist Breeders with development of high impact commercial inbred lines for SSA using the best Monsanto germplasm available
Interact with local Breeding, TD and Commercial teams to become very familiar with germplasm pools, market needs and selection criteria in the target geographies of SSA
Responsible for germplasm evaluation and selection and be very involved in advancement decisions of the breeding pipeline
Work closely with breeding and testing teams, Commercial Breeders and Pipeline Managers across the target geographies
Involved in all aspects of seed preparation, planting, harvesting and inventory management
Assists with all field operations including nurseries, pollination and data collection
Coordinates seed lab operations including seed shelling, packaging, treating and packet arrangement when required
Responsible for timely and accurate data collection
Assists in implementation of site safety programs to ensure a safe work environment
Actively participate in the evaluation and implementation of new technologies
Work on specific breeding projects as assigned to him by the Breeder
Implement latest enabling technologies in the Regional Breeding Program
Nursery planning, field book setups, harvesting updates, and inventory management
Perform computer-related activities, including hand held data collection, data management, bar coding functions and providing support for all day-to-day activities
Coordinate breeding program operations with global enabling locations (i.e. Mexico DH)
Core Business/Functional Skills and Education
Required Qualifications:
M.Sc. in Plant Breeding, Genetics, Agronomy or related field of study
Good knowledge of general statistics and experimental design
Ability to do out-door field work and associated tasks required in crop research projects
Strong self-direction and ability to initiate projects, make decisions and solve problems
Be a self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team-based and cross-functional team environment
Aptitude to work well with both technical and non-technical individuals
Excellent organizational and record keeping skills
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Detail oriented with the ability to balance multiple tasks and achieve deadlines
Working knowledge of Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and internal breeding IT tools
Valid drivers licence
Ability to travel up to 35% of the time
Advanced computer skills and excellent knowledge of software related to data acquisition and analysis of yield trials
Other Information:
Required to travel locally and internationally
Must be prepared to work long hours in peak times as needed and be prepared to overnight away from home when necessary.

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