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Corteva Agriscience Research Associate - Plant Breeding in Marion, Iowa


Who are we, and what do we do?

At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow what’s next. No matter your role, you will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture – leading breakthroughs in the innovation and application of science and technology that will better the lives of people all over the world and fuel the progress of humankind.

The Plant Breeding team in Johnston, Iowa has an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate to join their team. The Research Associate (RA) provides day-to-day support for a variety of activities at the Marion research center. The candidate will play a key role in supporting all projects at the research center through activities including experiment planning, data collection and analysis, and field operations including planting, pollinating and harvest.


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

  • Conduct field research experiments according to specific protocols, exercising independent judgment and discretion as appropriate. Assist with research center projects and research seed production activities, including seed preparation for planting, pollinating, and combine/hand harvest. These are critical times for the success of the research program, so weekend work and overtime will be required at these times

  • Operate agricultural research equipment. This includes tractors, planters, sprayers, forklift, and research combines.

  • Collaborate with experiment managers to collect timely data and summarize results of experiments, note problem areas during data collection, and recommend actions to be taken where needed.

  • Computer skills and the use of Corteva proprietary software for completing these tasks will be a significant component. The handling of large volumes of data will be required.

  • Manage temporary and seasonal employees to complete plot maintenance and data collection operations according to protocols

  • Contribute to maintaining a safe and respectful work environment.

  • Provide support for other research projects at the Marion research center as assigned.

Problem Solving

  • Determine how to conduct experiments to meet researchers needs within allotted time constraints.

  • Identify appropriate uses of company resources when conducting experiments.

Decision Making

  • Evaluate data collection needs and expectations, determine labor needs to meet those expectations and coordinate with Research Operations Lead to obtain needed labor.

  • Evaluate testing sites throughout season to ensure cultural practices are appropriate to produce excellent research data, including fertility and weed control that could impact data quality.



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


  • BS degree in a related field with 2-4 years related experience.

Competencies and Experience Desired:

  • Supervisory and leadership skills to effectively coordinate complex research center operations.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as math and computer skills.

  • Self-motivation and ability to initiate projects, improvements, decisions and problem solving.

  • Ability to work independently while setting high expectations.

  • Ability to maintain and operate agricultural research machinery.

  • Ability to obtain a pesticide applicators license and CMV license to haul trailers.

  • Competency with standard Microsoft Office programs, along with handheld PC experience, and capacity to learn new software.

  • Basic knowledge of agronomy, crop production, plant development, and experimental field plot design. Ability to gain competencies with various research field and data collection equipment as well as necessary computer and data collection hardware and software.

  • Will be required to do physical lifting and work outdoors and in varying ergonomic environments.

  • Additional hours and weekends during seasonal peak periods, including some overnight stays.


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