Research Intern I - Trait Characterization & Development

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DuPont Pioneer is seeking a Research Intern I to participate in a 3-month internship designed to give broad based exposure to the day-to-day activities of a corn trait development program, with a focus on insect trait characterization. Interns in the program will be expected to participate in all aspects of the research center's activities including insect field experiments to evaluate efficacy of new traits and/or generate data for regulatory agencies. Individuals will gain experience in managing field plots, become familiar with the biology and damage caused by key insect pests of corn, and gain a broad understanding of trait packages and how they work in the field.
A key component of the position will be conducting field activities with detailed attention to experiment protocols. Field activities may include: tissue sampling, insect field cage installation, artificial infestation, rating insect damage from both above and below ground corn pest, insect collections, and various data collection important to an insect trait development program.
Following safety requirements and ensuring that co-workers are also working safely is a primary responsibility of all employees. Insect field activities such as harvesting ears or digging roots can at times be physically demanding and require long hours working in the summer heat.
Position duration is May to August 2015.
Education and Experience
College Sophomore standing or above, majoring in Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Genetics, or a related field. Agricultural background beneficial.
Individual must display a high degree of self-motivation, self-initiative, and ability to work well with others. Good communication and interpersonal skills along with strong computer aptitude are essential.
Job: Research & Development
Organization: Pioneer
Title: Research Intern I - Trait Characterization & Development
Location: Iowa-Johnston
Requisition ID: ABT00001415

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