Champaign, Illinois

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Primary Location: United States (US)- Illinois- Champaign

Function: Product Engineering

Title: Part-Time Student-Soil Scientist-Champaign IL- 79261

Onsite/Remote:Onsite Position

The Part-Time Student Program is primarily designed to augment the Companys regular full-time staff and is forstudents who work in parallel to their school schedule.

This position will be located at the John Deere Technology Innovation Center (JDTIC) in the Research Park on the University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus in Champaign, Illinois.

Your Responsibilities

As a Part-time Student Soil Scientist for John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG) located in the Research Park atChampaign, llinois, you will:

+ Develop and perform tests to evaluate the performance of technologies in measuring the physical, chemical, and biological traits of soil in lab and field settings

+ Collect and analyze data related to those tests

+ Perform lab work to measure soil attributes and calibrate technologies

What Skills You Need

+ Ideally you will be pursuing an u ndergraduate or graduate student in soil science, chemistry, environmental science or related fields

+ Must be registered as a full-time student at a local accredited university

+ Graduation date of December 2022 or later

+ Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above

+ Must be able to commute to the work location on a daily basis

+ Available to work 15-to-20 hours per week during the academic year

+ Available to work 35-to-40 hours during the summer semester

+ Experience performing soils test in a lab environment

+ Basic programming experience in Python or similar language

+ Experience analyzing soils data

What Makes You Stand Out

+ Experience measuring the electrochemical properties of soil

+ Experience modeling soil and soil water movement

+ Farming experience

What You'll Get

At John Deere, you are empowered to create a career that will take you to where you want to go. Here, you'll enjoy the freedom to explore new projects, the support to think outside the box and the advanced tools and technology that foster innovation and achievement. We offer comprehensive relocation and reward packages to help you get started on your new career path. Click here ( to find out more about our Total Rewards Package.

The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of individuals performing the job. The qualifications detailed in this job description are not considered the minimum requirements necessary to perform the job, but rather as guidelines.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, John Deere requires a diversity of people, perspectives and ideas to address the complex challenges of its global business. John Deere is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Champaign, Illinois

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•  Market leading pay and benefits

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