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Corteva Agriscience Research Associate Investigator in Johnston, Iowa


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.

We are seeking to hire a Research Associate Investigator in the area of molecular analysis for regulatory bio-safety studies to support globe biotech product deregulation. You will be responsible for conducting scientific studies and summarizing study data for the successful and timely completion of regulatory molecular product characterization studies based on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) protocols.


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

  • Provides molecular support for the Regulatory Science Group, while serving as a Principal Investigator (PI) during regulatory studies.

  • Assists/acts as Study Director in preparation of protocols and study reports.

  • Works with Study Director and/or manager to plan and execute experiments for regulatory approval packages.

  • Adapts procedures and troubleshoots protocols, as needed, to address regulatory questions that may be specific to country, trait, and/or crop.

  • Manages multiple tasks, generates high quality data, and summarizes experimental results in a timely and efficient manner for Study Director and/or manager.

  • Maintains effective communication with group members and other appropriate teams or individuals within the company.

  • Manages supply needs to ensure smooth and efficient operation of the laboratory.

  • Performs regular safety inspections and keeps accurate records of inspection results.

  • Responsible for implementation of GLP Standards within the Regulatory Science Molecular Characterization Lab.

  • Develops and updates SOPs for procedures and equipment.

  • Keeps Research Manager informed of GLP compliance issues.

  • Works with Quality Assurance personnel to assure GLP compliance and to resolve compliance problems.

  • Complies with Corteva safety policy.



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

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Biological Sciences or Biotechnology.

  • Minimum 4 years of work experience in the agricultural biotechnology industry or related scientific field.

  • Experience in DNA and RNA analyses (e.g. cloning, PCR, qRT-PCR, and Southern and Northern techniques, sequence analysis).

  • Working knowledge of GLP is essential.

  • Good organizational, record-keeping, and multi-tasking abilities.

  • Ability to meet work deadlines.

  • Strong computer competency in particular using bioinformatics tools.

  • Some proficiency in programming languages is desired.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.


We care about you and we care that you're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.

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.


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