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Agronomist, Plant Science R&D


Boise, ID, US, 83702-6924

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


This role supports the Agronomic Sciences Team to perform field trial efforts at Simplot Plant Sciences, where the goal is to genetically improve potato and other crops through biotechnology and breeding.  Requires a highly motivated individual to work in conjunction with R&D to design, manage, analyze, and summarize pre-commercial line selection and Regulatory research trials.  The candidate would have experience in applied agricultural science, trial design, and statistical methods.  He/she must demonstrate the ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision, communicate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team, and actively participate in discussions and meetings.  A demonstrated competency in horticulture, soil fertility, or potato research/production would be desirable.  Ability to lead and manage projects or team members to support agronomic efforts.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design, execute, and summarize field trials of new potato varieties.
  • Become proficient with Biotechnology Quality Management Systems (BQMS) and other in-house quality management systems to ensure regulatory compliance and the tracking and containment of regulated material.
  • Negotiate with 3rd party collaborators to ensure proper experimental design, execution, and MTA or legal agreements.
  • Write detailed protocols and coordinate data collection and organization through others.
  • Analyze and interpret agronomic data for presentation to stakeholders and through technical reports.
  • Serve as a project manager or leader of team members supporting the agronomic efforts of the team.

Typical Education

  • Master's Degree with 4+ years  experience or Bachelor's with 8+ years of relevant experience in agronomy, biotechnology, horticulture, or related field.

Relevant Experience

  • Competency in agronomy and horticulture is required.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills and intellectual leadership.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently in support of team efforts.
  • Proficient use of statistical tools to document and analyze experiments.

Other Information

Strong background in empirical methods, statistics, and data reporting.  Ability to troubleshoot, optimize and validate agronomic procedures.  Demonstrated knowledge of potato production and GLP studies preferred.  Excellent communication skills, formal presentation skills, and capable of conducting independent research.

Job Requisition ID: 9179

Travel Required: Up to 25%

Location(s): Simplot Headquarters - Boise 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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