Research Associate - Production System Development

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Research & Development
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0001148
  • Experience Years: 5-10 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular

About the Opportunity

The Research Associate – Production System Development role will execute the research work focused around production system development; which includes greenhouse, growth chamber, and substrate production. The role will execute research projects on raspberry, blackberry, strawberry and blueberry across these production systems. Additionally, this role will require monitoring of environmental conditions, plant health and data collection at our research facility.


  • Manage and execute research projects as assigned and prioritized.
  • Regular visitation and monitoring of experiments for observation, documentation, adjustments and data collection to ensure quality and accuracy of data.
  • Responsible for statistical analysis, writing research reports, and communication of results.
  • Monitors environmental conditions and control equipment for proper function and control.
  • Regular interaction with key team members and stakeholders.
  • Maintains and checks equipment necessary to perform job.
  • Aids with employee management and paperwork as needed.
  • Responsible for the use and care of mobile phone, laptop, and company vehicle.
  • Communicates with supervisor of any issues with research projects.
  • Follows Company policies and practices while representing Driscoll’s in an ethical and business-like manner in all interactions with employees, government agencies, growers, etc.
  • Ensures the safe keeping of Driscoll’s owned varieties and confidential information.
  • Travel to varying locations in and outside of the US will be required for this role.
  • Performs other duties as instructed by supervisor.

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelors or Masters of Science in Biology, Agronomy or Horticulture with 3+ years’ experience in high tech crop production experience required.
  • Experience in multiple hydroponic growing systems strongly preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of plant physiology and controlled environment agriculture required. 
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) strongly preferred; English reading and writing skills required.
  • Internet and Microsoft Office computer experience required.
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently with little to no supervision.
  • Able to lift 40 pounds and ability to work in field conditions required.
  • Ability to travel to varying locations in and outside of the US.
  • Holds passport or ability to obtain valid passport.
  • Valid California Driver’s License; eligibility for Company vehicle insurance. 

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.