Technical Research Scientist (m/f/d)

  • Syngenta AG
  • Stein AG, AG, Switzerland
  • 17/02/2021
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Job Description

Syngenta Group is one of the world’s leading agriculture innovation companies, with roots going back more than 250 years. Its 48,000 people across more than 100 countries strive to transform agriculture through breakthrough products and technologies that play a vital role in enabling the food chain to feed the world safely, sustainably and with respect for our planet. Swiss headquartered and Chinese-owned, the Group draws strength from its four business units – Syngenta Crop Protection headquartered in Switzerland, Syngenta Seeds headquartered in the United States, ADAMA headquartered in Israel, and Syngenta Group China – that provide industry-leading ways to serve customers everywhere
Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. We invite you to help us shape the future of agriculture. At Syngenta, we believe every employee has a role to play in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet.

For our R&D location at our site in Stein AG we are currently seeking a

Technical Research Scientist (m/f/d)

We are currently looking for a Technical Research Scientist to join our research team in Stein AG, Switzerland. As a member of the team you will play an important role in developing chemical & biological solutions that support plants to mitigate abiotic stress (e.g. drought) and to secure yield. Research on crop plants is conducted in greenhouses and controlled climate chambers at our research site in Stein (Canton of Aargau, close to Basel and the borders of Germany and France).

Your responsibilities:

  • Plan and carry out experiments with crop plants with high accuracy and with minimal supervision in the lab, climate chamber and greenhouse for Crop Enhancement / Abiotic Stress Management (CE / ASM) Research Biology
  • Implement new methods and perform experiments using state of the art chemical application and plant phenotyping systems
  • Lead and actively support the cultivation, maintenance and care of plants
  • Capturing, analyzing and reporting of plant phenotype data related to abiotic stress mitigation
  • Communicate widely with team members, peers and experiment requesters
  • Active collaboration in scientific and operational cross-functional / cross indication activities and projects
  • Support projects and run complex testing and analysis
  • Employ own scientific know-how in order to define and carry out experiments and solve problems as they arise
  • Fully responsible to independently plan and execute complex series of experiments or equivalent tasks
  • Document experiments and test results, contribute to reports and propose appropriate follow up actions


What are we looking for:

  • A Bachelor/Master degree or a completed professional training related to Plant Science, Biology or Agronomy
  • Practical experience in plant cultivation and phenotyping of minimum 1 year
  • Familiarity with laboratory, glasshouse and climate chamber working environments
  • Knowledge in plant biology (preferentially crop physiology and abiotic stress tolerance)
  • Open for routine work, including outdoor (e.g. pot filling, pot weighing, sowing, watering, maintaining)
  • Fluent English skills mandatory, German is an advantage
  • Ability to understand scientific publications in the field of plant physiology and agronomy
  • Physical fitness to conduct experiments, e.g. to handle heavy pots with plants
  • No strong allergy against pollen (especially against wheat, rice or corn) that would prevent working with flowering crop plants

What we offer:

  • As a technical research scientist, you will enjoy a variety of tasks in an international environment
  • Scientific and engineering excellence with well-equipped laboratories
  • You can profit from numerous development opportunities according to your strengths and interests
  • We offer flexible working hours, a campus with health, food and parking services
  • You will profit from a competitive pension fund plan
  • We offer a position which contributes to valuable and impactful work in a stimulating and cross-cultural environment -> #bringingplantpotentialtolife

Do you have a green thumb and are interested in running plant phenotyping experiments? Join us now! We are looking for your online application including all relevant documents (CV, cover letter, diploma, certificates) – reference number 18024955.

Please be aware that the job title may differ from the position title.

Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status