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Biostatistics, Phenomics Scientist (PhD)

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Job Title: Biostatistics, Phenomics Scientist (PhD)
Location: Johnston, IA, Midwest United States, USA
Company: Corteva
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed and Biotechnology
Career Type: Researcher/Research & Development
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: 0
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Who are we, and what do we do?

At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow whats 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.

Corteva Agriscience is a global leader of seed, crop protection, and digital solutions in agriculture. We have an opening in our R&D organization for an entry level research scientist to work at the intersection of world class statistics, computer science and seed product design to bring the power of accelerated genetic gain to our customers. This position will reside within the Systems and Innovations for Breeding and Seed Products Biostatistics team. This team discovers, adapts and develops state of the art statistical methodology and computational algorithms that convert into actionable knowledge real time, high volume data streams informing Cortevas Seed Product Design.

We are looking for an inquisitive, detailed oriented, eager to learn and contribute statistician with interest in plant science and seed product design who wants to join a world class Biostatistics team.

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

  • Develop and deploy state-of-the-art experimental designs and phenotypic analysis methodologies to improve genetic gain in Cortevas breeding programs, including
    • Recommend statistical analyses and processes for phenotypic and genetic selection across multiple locations accounting for field trends and Genotype by Environment (GxE) effects. 
    • Develop and implement algorithms and methodology for the seamless incorporation of novel phenotypes, e.g. real time, longitudinal data generated by high throughput instruments, into machine learning based expert systems for field trial data analytics.
  • Collaborate with Data Science experts to implement high throughput analytic systems into internal analysis systems and pipelines.
  • Collaborate with plant breeders in multiple crops and geographies spanning the globe to understand biological questions and develop statistical solutions to complex questions.
  • Provide consultation and training to world-wide research community regarding implementation of statistical designs and methodologies.
  • Expertise is provided for external collaborations and publication is encouraged.



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

  • PhD in Statistics or related field
  •  A solid foundation in statistical theory and a strong interest in applied statistical analysis methods.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with individuals of diverse language, cultural, and scientific backgrounds.
  • Solid foundation in statistical analysis methods, including mixed linear models, dimension reduction techniques, and longitudinal data analysis.
  • Demonstrated statistical computing skills:  knowledge of ASREML, R, or related programming and analysis tools and the ability to manage and manipulate large data sets. Willingness to develop, test, and deploy internal analysis software.
  • Knowledge of technical aspects of plant breeding and quantitative genetics and understanding of commercial seed business.


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



Lets 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!

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Job Post Date: 07/25/20
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