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Corteva Agriscience Research Associate in Johnston, Iowa


Corteva Agriscience has an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate located in the greater Des Moines, IA area. This exciting new opportunity in our Research Department to join the Trait Development team as a Research Associate. This role involves participation in a multidisciplinary program for the development of insect active toxins.

Responsibilities - How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you!

  • Conduct laboratory and greenhouse bioassay with focus on different approach to evaluating new transgenic insect traits.

  • Provide technical assistance in the development and optimization of above and below grown insect bioassays.

  • Complete and perform general laboratory activities including plate washing, agar preparation, insect handling and egg hatching.

  • Complete and perform general greenhouse activities including plant movement, sampling, scoring, discarding etc.

  • Sample plants for relevant expression and efficacy assays

  • Assist in preparing SOPs, technical reports, summaries and data analyses

  • Conduct routine lab maintenance including making solutions, tracking inventories, ensuring safety standards, and ordering supplies

  • Analyze and present data, both in written reports and oral presentations within the group


Requirements - What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Entomology or with a minimum of 2 to 4 years of industry related experience (or equivalent amount of relevant education and experience).

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work cross-functionally with individuals and teams of diverse scientific backgrounds.

  • Strong organizational and people skills, with ability to work in a team environment

  • Demonstrated high level of organization and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Proficiency with standard computer programs such as Word, Excel, Power Point, Spotfire etc.

Community - We care about you and we care that you're comfortable. There's no place like home, but Corteva comes close.

Our Johnston, Iowa campus is home to 2,500 employees whose mission is simple – to feed the world. While our employees are busy working to solve world hunger and ensure environmental sustainability, we’re taking care of them by offering convenience and comfort during the workday with an onsite fitness center, coffee shop and top-notch cafeteria touting a grill, deli, fresh salad bar and a variety of healthy menu options. Need some fresh air during your work day? Take advantage of our beautiful, tree-lined walking trails or relax by the pond. We also offer countless opportunities to connect with your colleagues through community volunteerism, sports teams and parties, and holiday events. Did we mention you’ll be working in state-of-the art buildings with the latest technology with colleagues from all over the world? Join us in bringing food into homes around the world, while we make you feel at home while you’re at work.

Des Moines, Iowa is the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest with a nationally ranked high quality of living. It’s nicknamed the Silicon Prairie for its place as an up-and-coming hot spot for technology. Living here means Saturdays at the nationally renowned Downtown Farmers' Market, sporting events, a robust downtown night life and access to one of the most artistic medium sized cities. If you enjoy the outdoors, Des Moines offers beautiful nature trails for a casual walking, running or biking adventures.

It means going to a job you love and coming home to a community of friends and family. Communities care about their residents and residents care about their communities, making a difference for everyone who lives here. This is a place where culture flourishes and opportunities grow, where a work-life balance can be achieved, where education is unmatched, and award-winning arts and entertainment are right around the corner.

Benefits - Let’s peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva!

  • Strike a better work-life balance with robust time off benefits including paid maternity, paternal and family illness leave

  • Prepare for your future with our competitive retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement program, and more

  • Enjoy access to health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment

  • And much, much more!

Ready to grow your perspectives, impact and career? Start by applying to this opportunity today!

Corteva Agriscience ™, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.


Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit: Accessibility Page for Contact Information For US Applicants: See the 'Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law' poster For our U.S. Affirmative Action Policy, click here