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Corteva Agriscience Senior Research Associate - Protein Purification (BS/MS) in Johnston, Iowa


Corteva Agriscience Input Trait Discovery Group is looking for a Senior Research Associate to join our protein discovery team. The primary responsibilities will be to purify and characterize active biological molecules from diverse sources to support novel protein discovery. Proteins will be purified at scales ranging from high-throughput robotic miniaturized purifications to gram quantity processes to support commercialization pipeline. Additionally, the new team member will be expected to learn cell culture methods to express proteins, and extensive bioanalytical techniques.

The ideal candidate will be someone who would like to be part of a growing protein discovery team. You will be responsible for performing technical, scientific, or information assignments in the broad area of protein purification. Providing input for project plans and participating in routine formulation of work plans will be part of the daily work. The positions provide great opportunities to learn many facets of protein discovery.


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

  • Work closely with scientists to design and conduct experiments.

  • Purify native and recombinant proteins from diverse source of samples.

  • Perform all stages of protein purification/fractionation to identify candidate leads by using various chromatographic methods and tools.

  • 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 and Experience Requirements:

  • Degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biological or 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

  • Experience in protein purification using a variety of methods (e.g. affinity, SEC, IMAC, ion exchange, HIC, and hydroxyapatite chromatographies; ultrafiltration), instrumentation (FPLC, HPLC, AKTA) and software (e.g., Unicorn, Chemstation).

  • Expertise in design, execution, and troubleshooting of purification processes.

  • Experience in protein extraction from various samples, including microbes and plant tissues.

  • Expertise in characterization of protein preparations using SDS-PAGE, HPLC, Western blot analysis, and peptide sequencing.

  • Experience with data analysis, BLAST search, bioinformatics tools and presentation software.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Knowledge of protein structural biology is a plus.

Grow your career, grow the future of agriculture, apply 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