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Corteva Agriscience Senior Research Associate in Johnston, Iowa


Corteva Agriscience Input Trait Discovery Group, has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Research Associate with experience in Biochemistry and Enzymology to join our Input Traits Discovery Team located in Johnston, IA.

The primary responsibilities will be to carry out biochemical assays to support discovery of herbicide tolerant traits. Biochemical assays will be performed in a variety of formats to characterize proteins and herbicide mechanisms of action. You will be responsible for performing technical, scientific and information assignments in the areas of protein biochemistry as it relates to herbicide discovery. Providing input to project teams and participating in routine assay workflows will be part of the daily work. The ideal candidate will be able to carry out biochemical assays independently or with minimal supervision. The position also provides a great opportunity to learn many facets of biochemistry and how it relates to the agriscience industry.


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

  • Work closely with scientists to design and conduct biochemical experiments using enzyme kinetics and/or biophysical methods to interrogate detailed molecular interactions

  • Analyze results, troubleshoot technical difficulties, and implement solutions

  • Keep detailed and organized records of experimental protocols and results

  • Present results regularly at team meetings

  • Follow laboratory safety guidelines and practices


Education Requirements:

  • Degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or closely related field.

  • BS/BA degree with 4-10 years of research experience, or

  • MS degree with 2-4 years of relevant thesis research experience

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in running and troubleshooting biochemical assays including HTRF, luminescent, colorimetric and enzyme coupled assays. Ability to operate SpectraMax Multi-Mode plate reader for data acquisition and data reduction with SoftMax Pro

  • Experience in biochemical assay development and mechanistic enzymology with the ability to characterize mechanism of enzyme modulators would be preferred

  • Experience with recombinant protein expression and purification (e.g. His tagged, MBP and GST fusion proteins) would be preferred

  • Experience with data analysis, including data fitting with GraphPad Prizm software

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

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.

Take the next step to #GrowWhatMatters in your career with Corteva and apply today. We look forward to seeing your application.


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