Agronomist - Cape Town

Thursday, 26 September, 2019
Lee-Zanne Flaatten     0824188747
Cape Town  

JOB OBJECTIVE:
To contribute in the research of chemical, physical, biological and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. Investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS:
*Conduct experiments or investigations in field-crop problems and develop new methods of growing crops to secure more efficient production, higher yield, and improved quality
*Visiting fields to collect seed, plant, and soil samples and testing samples for nutritional deficiencies or other changes.
*Conduct trials
*Report writing and analysis
*Provide information or recommendations to farmers or other landowners regarding ways in which they can best use land to promote plant growth
*Develop new or improved methods or products that promote crop growth
*Conduct experiments to develop new or improved varieties of field crops, focusing on characteristics such as yield, quality, disease resistance, nutritional value, or adaptation to specific soils or climates.
*Investigate soil problems or poor water quality to determine sources and effects.
*Study ways to improve agricultural sustainability, such as the use of new methods of composting.
*Conduct research to determine best methods of planting, spraying, cultivating, harvesting, storing, processing, or transporting horticultural products.
* Conduct research into the use of plant species as green fuels or in the production of green fuels.
*Conduct experiments investigating how soil forms, changes, or interacts with land-based ecosystems or living organisms.
*Data analysis

*Investigate responses of soils to specific management practices to determine the effects of alternative practices on the environment.
*Investigate responses of soils to specific management practices to determine the use capabilities of soils and the effects of alternative practices on soil productivity.
*Study soil characteristics to classify soils on the basis of factors such as geographic location, landscape position, or soil properties. Develop ways of altering soils to suit different types of plants.
*Identify degraded or contaminated soils and develop plans to improve their chemical, biological, or physical characteristics.
*Perform chemical analyses of the microorganism content of soils to determine microbial reactions or chemical mineralogical relationships to plant growth.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
* An MSc in Plant Sciences, Biology, Microbiology, Agriculture or related field is essential

* A minimum of 5 years of work experience, preferably with research and development

* Must have done and be willing to do pot and field trials

* Must be familiar with plant physiology research, microbiology and scientific methodology

* Good project management skills

* Must be innovative, entrepreneurial and enjoy working in a team

* Possess excellent presentation skills, speak English fluently and you have a good understanding level of Afrikaans and/or willing to learn the language.

Email CV in WORD format: inadmin@mweb.co.za