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Monsanto SA Pathologist Assistant Internship

Apply Later Req ID 01NC0 Date posted 12/05/2017


  1. The pathology program aims at disease phenotyping maize hybrids and lines, identifying sources of disease resistance and working with breeders to incorporate disease resistance into strategic genetic backgrounds using markers. The Pathology Assistant will support the Plant Pathologist in the evaluation of disease tolerance of maize germplasm across a diverse maize production region and will be responsible for the operations of glasshouse, summer and winter disease screening nurseries. The key functions include the maintenance of pathogen cultures, preparation of inoculum, inoculation and disease evaluation. This role offers the opportunity to work with the world's largest global germplasm pool to identify and develop candidate sources of resistance for key disease traits. 


This individual is included in all aspects of maize pathology that include lab operations (disease diagnosis, and pathogen inoculum production) as well as field/farm operations (pathogen inoculation and rating).  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Collect and diagnose diseased maize, prepare pathogen inoculum, inoculate and evaluate disease  
  • Assist with all field operations including planting nurseries, pollination, data collection, and harvesting of nurseries
  • Assist in all seed lab operations including seed shelling, packaging, treating and packet arrangement.
  • Perform computer-related activities, including hand held data collection, data management, bar coding functions and providing support for all day-to-day activities
  • Assist with timely and accurate data collection
  • Provide support to the Plant Pathologist and Breeders
  • Training, motivating and supervising seasonal labor
  • Assists in implementation of laboratory and field safety programs to ensure a safe work environment
  • Actively participate in the evaluation and implementation of new equipment and technologies


  • BS degree in Plant Pathology, Agronomy, Plant science, or related discipline
  • Basic knowledge of plant pathology/mycology, disease diagnosis and rating
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills
  • Effective verbal communication skills
  • Computer skills in word processing and spreadsheet programs with the ability to learn new programs.
  • Detail oriented with the ability to balance multiple tasks and achieve deadlines
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