Bayer is looking for a cotton plant health scientist in the Breeding Plant Heath and Product Systems Team (a great team) At Bayer we’re visionaries, driven to solve the world’s toughest challenges and striving for a world where ,Health for all, Hunger for none’ is no longer a dream, but a real possibility.

We’re doing it with energy, curiosity and sheer dedication, always learning from unique perspectives of those around us, expanding our thinking, growing our capabilities and redefining ‘impossible’. There are so many reasons to join us. If you’re hungry to build a varied and meaningful career in a community of brilliant and diverse minds to make a real difference, there’s only one choice.

Cotton Plant Health Scientist 


The primary responsibilities of this role, Cotton Plant Health Scientist, are to: 

  • Design, develop, and execute cotton plant health trials in field, controlled environment, and external testing;
  • Lead key projects on implementing Precision Breeding technical innovations within North America in collaboration with breeding and commercial teams to optimize product development while preparing and presenting plant health data for advancement;
  • Optimize product design through leadership of collaborative discovery projects to dissect biological control of native traits;
  • Collaborate with genomic scientists to analyze large data sets;
  • Develop controlled environment assays to enable discovery and characterization projects;
  • Collaborate with external experts and manage material transfer agreements for pipeline screening;
  • Work across crops on analytical and genomic plant health projects to develop and improve strategy for pipeline screening and discovery workflows. Perform statistical analyses to understand trait heritability and power of trials, partner on high-throughput phenotyping for native traits, lead genomic projects to link genotypes with phenotypes;
  • Integrate in multi-functional teams across North America and partners across world regions to support innovative projects for Precision Breeding, with a key focus on plant health as related to driving genetic gain and product performance through digital transformation and new technology development and deployment including high-throughput phenotyping methodologies;
  • Build and implement technical strategy required for cotton pathology. Develop operational improvements aligned with overarching breeding and commercial strategy within North America;
  • Critically align screening and discovery effort with product concepts and apply metrics to understand success and challenges of trials. Implement learning cycle to use metrics to inform future strategy;
  • Demonstrate creativity in problem-solving; apply advanced technologies and analytics to solve complex problems. Partner to develop and enhance quantitative trait locus (QTL), genome-wide selection (GWS), and other genomic models in wheat and across row crops for native traits;
  • Collaborate across organizations and within breeding to build partnerships to co-design protocols and analyses to improve pipeline screening and discovery efforts;
  • Support the Health Safety & Environment, Compliance, Business Conduct, and Human Rights policies and culture.


Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values. More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD with minimum of 3 years relevant experience, Master of Science with minimum of 5 years relevant experience, or Bachelor of Science with minimum of 7 years relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively in cross-functional and cross-cultural teams to achieve common goals;
  • Demonstrated experience leading and influencing activities of cross-functional teams without direct reporting relationships;
  • Ability to lead and influence key stakeholders through challenges and opportunities; facilitates solutions;
  • Results orientation with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects/priorities simultaneously;
  • Familiarity with and a demonstrated ability to perform data analysis with large datasets;
  • Strong knowledge of pathology testing and breeding technologies, advanced analytics and statistics, and information technologies;
  • Excellent communication, leadership, collaboration, and influencing skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Plant Pathology, Breeding, Agricultural Science, Genetics, or Crop Science.


Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and want to impact our mission Science for a better life, we encourage you to apply now. Be part of something bigger. Be you. Be Bayer. 
To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.

Bayer is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s) using the contact information below

IMPORTANT NOTE for POTENTIAL US CANDIDATES: Bayer expects its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Bayer active employees are also expected to disclose their vaccination status and if fully vaccinated, provide proof of vaccination status to Occupational Medicine. Bayer defines fully vaccinated in alignment with CDC which is two weeks after completing the two-dose vaccine regimen or two weeks after completing the one-dose regimen. Additionally, Bayer employees are also required to comply with state, local and customer requirements.

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