Plant Pathologist/ Field Research Scientist

  • Plant Pathology/Agricultural Science
  • Conduct and monitor field trials
  • New Plymouth based role

Corteva Agriscience™ is the only major agriscience company completely dedicated to agriculture. By combining the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences, we’ve harnessed agriculture’s brightest minds and expertise gained over two centuries of scientific achievement. At Corteva Agriscience™, we seek to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume. This means we will help rejuvenate the agricultural ecosystem to support people and the planet and to ensure progress for generations to come. With our NZ Research Centre situated in the picturesque landscape between New Plymouth and Oakura, our team have an easy commute and an enviable work environment.
Field Scientist Role:
Following a recent promotion, we are seeking a Field Scientist to join our tight-knit trials team. In stepping into this role, reporting to the ANZ Field Sciences Leader, you will be responsible for conducting and monitoring trials to characterise the field performance of new chemistry compounds in line with global research programmes. You will provide input into globally driven protocols, summarise data at the local level and contribute to global field data summaries. You will also provide local knowledge on crop management practices, issues and trends to the Integrated Field Sciences teams as well as the commercial organisation.
Attributes Required:
We are looking for a hands-on, inquisitive and self-starting scientist with a background in Plant Pathology/Biology, Agricultural Sciences or similar.  While some commercial experience would be desirable, it is not essential.  What is essential, however, is your proven ability to develop and maintain strong and trusting working relationships with your colleagues (locally and globally) and contacts outside of the business. You will be analytically minded, being able to work through raw data and convey it in a meaningful manner. You’ll also be self-motivated, and able to add value to or take on advice within the team.
To be considered a serious candidate for this role, you should have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in Plant Pathology or Agricultural Sciences
  • Practical experience in execution of field management trials
  • Small plot trial experience highly desirable
  • Good understanding of trial designs and goals
  • Knowledge of statistics and data management
  • Very good report writing skills
  • Sound decision make and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication relationship building skills

In return:
Corteva offers a competitive salary, a supportive working environment in order to learn and develop, and a fantastic landscape with vistas from Mt Taranaki to the mesmerising surf crashing on to the famous black-sanded beaches of New Plymouth and Oakura from your work environment.  PLEASE NOTE: This role is based in New Plymouth so you must be able to relocated to this region if successful in your application.
How to Apply
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