Weed Control Scientist

Monsanto is looking for a bright scientist like you to join the Weed Control Platform in the Ag Productivity Innovations program at Monsanto. As a Weed Control Research Scientist, you will be working with a team of experts in the field and will be responsible for the discovery and development of the next generation weed control technologies. You will incorporate physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology to understand weed resistance mechanisms of action and apply it to the development of durable novel herbicides. In addition, you will be expected to analyze, interpret, and summarize results to inform strategic decisions. You will also have strong interactions with the academic weed/crop science communities and end users to develop simple and sustainable weed control systems.

About us – we are focused on developing the next generation of weed control products for farmers. Our team’s mission is to support the discovery and early development of sustainable weed management solutions through extensive testing in controlled environment and stewardship of our products.

Responsibilities include:

• Develop, validate and implement new screens to identify novel herbicide actives.
• Define scientific approach to problems, develop hypotheses, and test them to lead projects to logical conclusions in the herbicide systems space.
• Work closely with formulation chemists, biochemists, molecular biologists, plant physiologists, field biologists, technology development managers, and portfolio leads to assess technical features of new weed control technologies in comparison to conventional weed control options.
• Design, conduct, and coordinate greenhouse and growth chamber experiments to assess and characterize new herbicide active ingredients, novel herbicide formulations, and new herbicide tolerant traits in soybean, corn, cotton, and canola, while ensuring regulatory compliance.
• Analyze, interpret, summarize, and report the results and develop recommendations to the team and project leads.
• Evaluate weed resistance mechanisms and their impact on herbicide development.
• Evaluate new weed control product concepts, and determine and optimize product opportunities in global markets.


Required Education and Skills/Experience:
• Minimum of Ph.D. in Weed Science or related life sciences discipline
• Minimum of three or more years of relevant experience, in weed science, crop science, agronomy, plant physiology, plant biology, molecular biology and/or a related discipline
• Strong experience in conducting research trials and following scientific procedures, and proven ability to work independently and effectively on cross-functional and multidisciplinary teams
• Strong written / oral communication and interpersonal skills
• Strong understanding of weed biology, herbicide physiology, resistance mechanisms and herbicides modes of action
• Ability to utilize experimental design and statistical data analysis
• Ability to work in greenhouse environment with varied temperatures and conditions

Desired Education and Skills/Experience:
• Ph.D. in Weed Science, Biochemistry or related life sciences discipline
• Five or more years of relevant experience, in biochemistry, weed science, crop science, agronomy, plant physiology, plant biology, and/or a related discipline
• Prior experience working in agriculture industry and/or experience in crop protection product development
• Strong understanding of traditional weed control systems and herbicide tolerance traits in major agronomic crops (such as corn, soybean, cotton, and/or canola) in global markets
• Strong working knowledge of herbicide products used in corn, soybean, cotton, and/or canola globally
• Prior experience working in a global company and navigating a matrix environment

Who is Monsanto?
Monsanto is an agriculture company with more than 20,000 employees focused on making a balanced meal accessible to everyone. We work to help farmers produce food in a more sustainable way. We think about how our food is grown so farmers have the tools they need to have better harvests.

Sustainable agriculture is at the core of Monsanto. Our best-in-class technologies deliver sustainable agriculture solutions that enable farmers to produce more crops while conserving precious natural resources. Monsanto Technology is comprised of a multifaceted group of scientists working together to revolutionize crop protection chemistries, plant breeding, and biotechnology. Monsanto is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a top 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity and by Great Place to Work’s Top 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces.

Twenty years from now, the earth’s population will need 55% more food than it can produce now. Today, Monsanto is working with farmers around the world to do something about it. In over 60 countries, Monsanto has established industry-leading products because we give professionals the freedom to make real decisions. Monsanto is an Employer Of Choice with an outstanding professional development program and a history of building careers. Make an impact by joining the team that is working to solve one of mankind’s greatest challenges.

We believe that bringing diverse perspectives together is the most effective way to develop creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Career opportunities at Monsanto range from farming, plant breeding, chemistry and engineering to marketing, environmental science, IT and many other areas. We’re always looking for exceptional professionals interested in developing a strong career while collaborating to develop solutions for sustainable agriculture. Sound like a job for you?

Why work with us?
• Life at Monsanto means collaborating with dedicated professionals in a stimulating environment
• Our people demonstrate our winning culture through positive and meaningful relationships
• You will work with market leading brand products in a global organization
• We provide competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and some of the best career development opportunities in the industry
• Monsanto is named Great Place to Work in many countries around the world

Join our global team where your contribution will make a real difference!


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