Research Assistant – Sweet Corn in Plover, WI 54467

Illinois Foundation Seeds Inc.

Research Assistant-Sweet Corn

Illinois Foundation Seeds Inc. (IFSI) is an independent company delivering the leading research, product development, licensing, and production for the seed industry’s sweet corn and field crops.

Quality in our Team – We have assembled a team of some of the brightest minds and hardest workers in the business. It is the perfect mix – brilliant, young innovators and wise, experienced veterans working side by side, building on what’s made us the industry leader. With strong science and distinct market knowledge, paired with a strong work ethic and an easy-going spirit, this translates to a team our customers stay with over the long haul.

General Purpose:
Illinois Foundation Seeds, Inc. is seeking a highly motivated research professional that will assist the sweet corn research programs in the technical aspects of development and evaluation of proprietary sweet corn inbreds and hybrids.

The Sweet Corn Research Assistant responsibilities will include assisting and supporting the program in activities related to:

Lead activities related to variety testing, including, coordinating testing sites, seed preparation, inventory management, planting, plot maintenance, and data collection.
Organize the planning of breeding nurseries and trials.
Coordinate field management of nurseries and trials with 3rd party cooperators.
Assist in leadership of pollination, tissue sampling, data collection and disease inoculation in breeding nurseries.
Lead nursery harvest, drying, shelling, and treating of resulting seed.
Collect, summarize, and disseminate data for relevant traits in breeding nurseries and hybrid trials.
Lead part-time and seasonal labor daily to accomplish goals of the research program.
Execute research project protocols, generate high quality data, and assist in interpretation and communication of results.
Oversee maintenance and repair of research equipment and research facilities.
Coordinate shipment of seed samples for internal and external destinations.
Ensure all tasks are completed in a safe, accurate and efficient manner and lead process improvement in these areas.

Qualifications/Knowledge Needed:

B.S. Degree or A.S. Degree with equivalent experience in Horticulture, Crop Science, Agronomy, or related field.
Ability to operate and associate in the maintenance of basic farm equipment.
Ability to obtain and maintain pesticide applicators license.
Excellent computer skills for data acquisition and reporting.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Attention to detail and accuracy in all activities.
Ability to work and relate well with others.
Ability to work independently, good team leadership and management skills.
Ability to travel to contra-season nursery locations as well as various hybrid trial testing locations.


Salary commensurate with experience
Full benefit package: Health, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD, 401k


This position is directly responsible to the Sweet Corn Station Manager.

Illinois Foundation Seeds, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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