Research Technician - Midwest Breeding

    • Fort Collins, CO

Job purpose

The Midwest Breeding Technician will work within the North America Zone Barley Breeding program to coordinate all field related breeding activities in the Midwest region (North Dakota and Minnesota). Breeding duties include assisting of all logistical operations of the Midwest pipeline. Daily work duties include breeding trial design, organization, seed processing, plot planting, plot maintenance, plot harvest, equipment operation, data processing and organization. Significant travel will be required during the growing season within the Midwest region.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Implement, manage, and execute all logistical aspects of the Midwest barley breeding pipeline, including breeding trial planting, maintenance, data collection, and harvest Coordinate breeding trials with internal and external partners, including growers, third party breeders, and agro team members
  • Maintain and operate field (tractors, combines, etc.) and phenotyping equipment (drones, robots, etc.
  • Obtain appropriate license as required by duties (CDL, sUAS 107, pesticide applicator)
  • Comply with all safety standards and regulations provided by the company and government (e.g. LOTO, Work Permits, etc.).
  • Adhere to safety, environmental, employee training; complete assigned work efficiently and per Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)
  • Work in a team or autonomously to complete work order.
  • Assist with process improvement and initiate change that utilizes a corporate management structure called VPO
  • Lead process improvement and initiate change within the breeding pipeline
  • Maintain cleanliness of warehouse, facility, and property to Anheuser-Busch standard.
  • Assist in Global Barley Research functions of meetings, planting, pesticide application, harvesting, irrigation, data collection, seed preparation, and travel

Job Qualifications


  • BS degree in breeding, genetics, plant science, agriculture, or related scientific discipline.
  • Knowledge and understanding of basic plant breeding, and experimental agricultural research practices.
  • Understanding of agronomy and crop production.
  • Strong written and verbal skills, with ability to interact with cooperators to ensure proper field trial management.
  • Ability and desire to travel approximately 30% of time
  • Ability to obtain appropriate licenses (CDL, pesticide applicator, sUAS 107) and safely operate vehicles and equipment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of agricultural herbicides, insecticides and seed treatments
  • Advanced knowledge of MS office (Excel)
  • Knowledge of scientific experimental design and statistical analysis
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to safely operate job related equipment and to be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in adverse weather condition.
  • Extensive domestic travel, overtime and field work required during peak season
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, perform non-routine procedures, and utilize judgment/decision making skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with high throughput phenotyping technologies.
  • Experience in advanced data analysis packages (Python, R, SAS, etc.
  • Image processing and remote sensing technologies and analysis.
  • Experience in cereal breeding.

Working conditions

  • Office work
  • Significant amount of travel required (primary domestic, some international)
  • Adverse weather conditions during field season
  • Manual labor required during seed processing
  • Safe operation of field equipment (tractors, combines, trucks, forklift)

Physical requirements

  • Lift 50+ lbs
  • Ability to stand/sit for prolonged periods of time

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