SGS North America
Field Scientist
At a glance
Location: US-IL-Wyoming Map
Posted: 02/20/2021
Closing: 03/19/2021
Degree: 4 Year Degree
Type: Full-Time
Experience: Not Specified
SGS North America
Job description

Company Description  

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 94,000 employees SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world. 

Job Description  

The Field Scientist will initiate and develop business opportunities with sponsor representatives, including GLP studies. This position will require that all GLP studies are conducted safely, effectively, and in compliance with GLP requirements, SGS SOPs and study protocols.  This full-time position is located in Wyoming, Illinois.


  • Initiate and develop business opportunities with sponsor representatives, with a focus on GLP studies. Includes preparing bids for field studies and in conjunction with GLP laboratory when required.
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of GLP requirements, regulatory guidelines, and SGS SOPs, and stay apprised of any changing EPA or OECD regulations, ensuring implementation across all studies.
  • Attend trade shows and other trainings to expand knowledge of GLP and maintain relationships with clients including study directors and sponsors.

•       Communicate with both the SGS Laboratory Research/GLP team, as well as third party companies to ensure studies are remaining on schedule and that study deadlines are met.

•       Compose Field Trial Notebooks and associated reports as required by study protocols.

•       Actively communicate with Quality Assurance team.

  • Specific duties associated with the conduct of trials are detailed in SGS Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).  These duties are briefly summarized below:
    • Assist in maintaining an up-to-date flow of paperwork.
    • Monitor thermographs and weather data collection
    • Assist in establishing and maintaining plots
    • Plot maintenance and plant protection
    • Pollinations, Sampling and Field Data collection
    • If employee has pesticide application license; under the direction of the Research Station Manager may apply maintenance and test chemicals.
    • Assist in execution of critical phases and preparation of the Field Trial Notebooks.
  • Maintain equipment and facilities in accordance with applicable SOP’s and in a safe, clean, neat and organized manner.
  • Complete assigned duties according to applicable SOP’s.
  • At all times, comply with SGS Code of Integrity and Professional Conduct.



•       Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Agricultural Sciences, or other related scientific discipline required. Master’s degree preferred.

•       Minimum of five (5) years of direct transferable and increasingly responsible experience in small and large plot research as well as in the farming industry.

Current Pesticide Applicator License preferred.


  • Must be able to operate farm equipment, such as tractors, cultivators, and sprayers.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and/or experience with GLP, OECD and USDA APHIS regulations, as well as with field research procedures, including efficacy, GLP, USDA APHIS permitting, and project management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from individuals and/or groups both within the organization and while representing the organization.
  • Must be able to work in a safe manner and foster a safe, sustainable, and environmentally sound manner.
  • Effective problem solving and analytical skills, with proven ability to see a project through to delivery within budget. 
  • Able to partner effectively with multidisciplinary and multinational teams.
  • Excellent time management skills which includes the ability to balance multiple projects concurrently (with different deadlines) and to organize the resources necessary to accomplish them.
  • Must be detail-oriented, well organized and able to work independently. 
  • Must be able to safely lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.   Knowledge of ARM and other sponsor-specific software preferred.

•       Ability to handle a variety of projects effectively, efficiently and with confidentiality. 


Health and Safety Guidelines

•       Demonstrate strong commitment to SGS HSE Policies, Procedures, and Work Instructions by participating in safety meetings, completing required training, intervening in unsafe situations, refusing unsafe work, and complying fully with all applicable laws and regulations related to HSE.

•       Respond appropriately to emergency situations and assists other staff members in maintaining readiness to respond to emergencies within the workplace.

•       In accordance with the SGS HSE Management System requirements, dispose of, or direct the disposal of waste generated as part of daily work performed in a safe manner and in compliance with all waste transportation and disposal regulations and requirements.

•       Report all incidents (actual incidents and near misses) in accordance with the SGS Incident Reporting requirements.

•       Use all equipment (including safety equipment) in the manner intended and report any damaged/lost equipment to supervisor.

•       Maintain a safe and tidy worksite.

•       Maintain awareness of hazards and propose controls to supervisor, HSE Representatives or relevant client/site contact.

•       Actively participates in incident investigations and risk assessments as deemed necessary by SGS management

Additional Information  

SGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such we recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, status a s a protected veteran, or any other characteristics protected by law.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts the company's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

If you are applying for a position within the United States and you have difficulty completing the on-line employment application because of a disability, please call 201-508-3149 for assistance and leave a message. You will receive a call back. Please note, this phone number is not for general employment information, but is only for individuals who are experiencing difficulty applying for a position due to a disability. 

Field Scientist