Research Assistant

Location: Atlanta, IN
Department: Seasonal Positions

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Purpose and Scope


Temporary position in the Research Department. The main responsibility for this job will be carrying out daily processes as required in the research department. Employees at the Research Assistant level report to the assigned manager on a day to day basis and ultimately to the Research Manager.


  • Seed Preparation
    • Assist with sorting and processing test crosses.
    • Assist with packaging seed for planting in test plots
  • Planting of mini-strip and replicated plots
    • Assist with planting nurseries, isolated crossing blocks, and yield trials as needed.
    • Assist with shipping seed to outlying testing locations.
  • Summer Nursery
    • Assist with pollinating Beck’s summer corn breeding nursery.
    • Assist with detasseling Beck’s summer isolated crossing blocks and foundation seed fields.
  • Data Collection
    • Assist with staking plots and collecting data such as low stand counts, agronomic disease ratings, and physical characteristics such as plant heights, ear heights, etc.
  • Greenhouse
    • Assist with filling pots with soil
    • Assist with clearing plant refuse to prepare for subsequent plantings
    • General facility cleaning
  • Other duties as required by the assigned manager

Job Requirements

  1. Education and Training
    • Successful completion of Beck’s safety training program
  2. Technical Requirements
    • Verbal and written communication skills
    • Possess positive attitude
    • Strong agricultural knowledge
    • Ability to establish priorities, work independently, work as a team member, and proceed with objectives without supervision
    • Overnight travel may be required
    • Extended work hours are required, primarily in the spring and fall
    • Possess a high level of attention to detail
    • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds frequently, and up to 70 pounds occasionally
    • Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time
    • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  3. Experience
    • Agriculture experience preferred
    • Field research experience preferred
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