The Research Lab Agronomist supports the company business plan by performing laboratory research studies, and through developing and executing Exacto field plots and external field research trials through leadership and expertise in designing agronomic programs. The data generated from these studies directly feeds the product development pipeline by providing critical information for product selection and screening. The Research Lab Agronomist will help shape the direction of new product offerings for the company.
Designs and conducts laboratory research, and manages a greenhouse and growth chamber trials related to company initiatives around new product development in new markets.
Prepares and conducts internal spray chamber research projects and interprets the data based on project direction.
Determines processes and monitors Exacto Field Plots including application, tour readiness, design, and maintenance.
Develops, implements and makes decisions regarding external field research trials including coordination with cooperators, budgeting and planning, protocol development, on-site inspections, and data quality.
Analyze and develop marketing tools (PPT, spreadsheets, etc.) from University or 3rd party research trials that support formulation marketing tools. Mines data from past research trials for the same purpose.
Analyze statistical data obtained from the research and communicate the results through data summarization, report writing, and presentation, and offer ideas on continuous improvement measures.
Studies and applies scientific methods to obtain various outcomes, both qualitatively and quantitatively, and develops methods to obtain quality products.
Provides product and research support to laboratory personnel, sales and marketing departments, and supports the technical writer in understanding the products and creating information for distribution.
Provides personal consultation with customers and other stakeholders as needed.
Conducts educational/promotional presentations both internally and externally that gains understanding of products and promotes our capabilities.
Attends key industry meetings and professional engagement events that enhance knowledge and network.
Maintains appropriate documents and records to support patents, materials, products, compliance and projects that support field research trial outcomes.
Keep a clean and safe working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations.
Upholds Exacto’s core values, uses Volunteer PTO allocation, and participates in company functions, drives, events and initiatives that support our culture and purpose.
Advanced understanding of Plant Physiology, Soils, Weed Science, and Agronomy
Ability to prioritize project tasks to meet organizational objectives and priorities
Experience in trial design, execution, data analysis, and data interpretation
Desire to remain updated with new agricultural trends and technology
Understanding of database design, maintenance, and use
Proven Ability to effectively communicate; oral and written
Knowledge of Wet Laboratory skills and Growing plants/weeds
Reliable, Independent and a Good Work Ethic
Experience in Method Development & Hypothesis Testing
Proficient computer skills-MS Office, Email, Internet, etc.
X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer, Spray Chamber, Droplet Size Analyzer, Plant Growth Chamber, Surface Tensiometer, SPAD meter, pH Equipment, Lab Mixer, Spectrophotometer, Titration Equipment, Flash Point Tester, Fume Hood, Heater/Stirrer Plate, Draves Wetting Apparatus, Thermometer, Dishwasher, Hydrometers, Sieve Shaker, Karl Fisher Titrator