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Research Associate II

Location: Marshalltown, IA
Department: Research

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Purpose and Scope

Intermediate level position in the Research Department which requires experience in the field of agricultural research. The main responsibility for this job will be conducting mini-strip and replicated testing as well as participating in other facets of Beck’s Research Department.


Coordinate plot locations and logistics with plot cooperators

Measuring and setting flags

Working with cooperators to ensure proper seedbed preparation, fertility program and weed control

Seed Preparation

Prepare seed for mini-strip and replicated testing

Planting of mini-strip and replicated plots

Transporting planting equipment to outlying locations

Ensuring plots are planted as directed by the Testing Site Lead

Data Collection

Stand counts, early vigor

Flowering data

Physical characteristics (Plant and ear heights, etc)

Disease evaluation and agronomic notes

Plot Maintenance

Work with cooperators to ensure plots are maintained to Beck’s standards

Apply Fertilizer, herbicide and insecticide as needed

Plot Harvest

Transporting harvest equipment to outlying locations

Collect fall agronomic notes (stability, plant integrity, etc)

Conduct harvest of mini-strip and replicated plots

Research Equipment Maintenance

Ensure machinery is maintained to Beck’s Hybrids standards to minimize downtime

Diagnose and make repairs as needed

Data Reporting

Some duties may include the preparation of yield reports for Beck’s Product Development Staff


Inventory incoming shipments

Pick and stage outgoing shipments

Load/unload trucks

Perform seed deliveries as needed

May assist with Seed Conditioning as needed by Foundation Seed Manager during winter months.

Supervise full time employees, part time employees, and interns that report to the Research Associate II.

Work in other areas of Beck’s Hybrids operations as directed by the Testing Site Lead to ensure efficient site operations.

Job Requirements

1. Education and training:

Bachelor of Science degree in an agricultural related field.

Class A CDL

Pesticide applicator license

Must possess and maintain valid driver’s license and insurable driving record as determined by Beck’s automobile insurance policy.

2. Technical knowledge:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Possess strong agronomic and mechanical skills.

Possess positive attitude.

Strong agricultural knowledge

Ability to establish priorities, work independently, work as a team member, and proceed with objectives without supervision.

Skill to use personal computer and various software packages

Overnight travel is required

3. Physical demands:

Ability to pass DOT physical examination and obtain Medical Examiner’s Certificate required.

Must be able to lift up to 70 pounds unassisted.

4. Experience:

2 years field research experience

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