Research Assistant -Testing

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Research Assistant 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

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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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