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Corteva Agriscience Senior Research Associate in Johnston, Iowa


Corteva Agriscience has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Research Associate in the Hybrid Platforms Group located in Johnston, Iowa to become a member of the respected Corteva Philanthropic Pillar. This position supports one of the humanitarian projects in the Philanthropic Pillar funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, focusing on improving the productivity of sorghum and cowpea. This individual will work closely with an experienced research scientist in the innovative study of reproductive biology to improve crop productivity.


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

  • Works with group leader to plan and to execute experiments efficiently and accurately

  • Conducts experiments independently and in a timely manner

  • Perform nucleic acid analysis

  • Perform plant phenotyping in controlled environments and conduct data analysis

  • Document research and report results and conclusions in written and/or oral form

  • Maintain detailed laboratory notebooks

  • Contributes to maintaining a safe and respectful work environment

  • Translate reproductive phenotyping into the development and execution of the next experiment.



  • MS degree in Plant Science, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or a related field; or BS degree in related field with 3-year relevant laboratory expertise

  • Demonstrated proficiency in molecular genetics and plant developmental biology

  • Recombinant DNA technology

  • Reproductive biology experience and understanding

  • Demonstrated innovative thinking

  • Genome editing and variant characterization

  • Reproductive phenotyping


  • PCR and flow cytometry experience

  • Strong written and oral skills

  • Proven ability to work in collaborative team settings

Grow your career, grow the future of agriculture, apply today.

Who are we, and what do we do

At Corteva Agriscience, we grow progress by putting farmers and consumers at the heart of agriculture, to help reshape the industry for the 21st century. We believe that the future of farming depends on aligning the food chain from end to end, so that we can work together to build agriculture into an industry that is more financially secure, sustainable, innovative and responsive. We are helping to shape an industry better able to understand and react to global market demands, that can effectively harness science, technology and innovation to optimize productivity, and which has the know-how and resources to help chart its own long-term success in the face of challenge and change.

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