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Corteva Agriscience Research Scientist in Johnston, Iowa


Join us at Corteva Agriscience™, a world leader and supplier of plant genetics, to tackle important agricultural challenges and help secure a reliable and sustainable food supply across the world for years to come.

Our team is seeking a highly motivated Scientist to lead cell-based assay research and development for insect control discovery. The position will be embedded in the Integrated Assay Systems group consisting of diverse expertise in cell biology, molecular biology, protein chemistry, entomology, automation and statistics/data science. Ideal candidate should be a self-starter and strategic thinker, comfortable in a fast-paced environment, able to manage multiple priorities, efficient in communicating with all levels and most importantly player-coach with a willingness to participate in the hands-on execution of projects.


How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you.

  • Responsible for developing cell-based assays for application that supports insect control discovery

  • Serve as a functional area expert with in-depth technical knowledge of the development, optimization, and execution of in vitro assays for compound screening

  • Provide strategy, direction and oversee execution within cross-functional teams and external collaborations

  • Be up to date with and explore new cell-based screening technologies to drive assay development forward

  • Standardize, author and review operation protocols and screening results.

  • Contribute to Corteva Intellectual Properties and publish scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals


Essential Skills

  • Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or similar fields with a minimum of 5+ years of post-PhD research experience in academia or industry setting

  • Significant hands-on cell biology experience with both cultured and primary cells

  • Experience with primary cell line transformation

  • Familiarity with standard cell proliferation, viability and differentiation assays

  • Experience with preparative and analytical flow cytometry

  • Direct experience working with cell-based assay automation a strong plus

  • Direct experience working with insecticidal protein production and activation a strong plus

  • Experience with protein or tag detection with fusion fluorescent protein or antibody

  • Familiarity with imaging and image processing of stained and live cells

  • Proficiency in DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, and a variety of nucleic acid protocols

  • Experience organizing, analyzing, and interpreting large volumes of data

  • Excellent organization skills; communication in succinct styles and clear terms

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively across multiple groups

  • Familiarity with NGS sequencing and able to work with genomics expert to interpret results

  • Working knowledge of statistics and bioinformatics tools

  • Experience with Phage display and protein directed evolution a strong plus

Apply today and help us grow progress and enrich lives.

Our Campus and Community

Our Campus:

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, 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.

Our Community:

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.


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