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Protein Purification & Biochemistry Scientist

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Job Title: Protein Purification & Biochemistry Scientist
Location: Johnston, IA, Mid-West 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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Corteva Agriscience is seeking highly motivated and productive protein biochemists to be part of our protein discovery team. As a protein biochemist within the Input Traits Discovery group, the candidate will be responsible for the isolation and characterization of various protein targets from diversity screening that possess insecticidal activities against a panel of damaging crop pests important for the business.

The successful candidate will be expected to identify, assess and develop new scientific concepts and/or technologies to provide solutions towards the discovery of novel toxin molecules. This is a hands-on role and will require management of multiple scientific, technical, or information projects, coordination with other scientists and support personnel to accomplish objectives.


-        Design and carry out experiments aimed at discovery of novel bioactive leads via techniques of analytic biochemistry and molecular biology.

-        Demonstrated ability to purify proteins using KTA systems and Unicorn software by using multitude of methods.

-        Utilize FPLC chromatography with various resins / purification modalities including IEX, HIC, SEC, and affinity chromatography to purify native and tagged proteins.

-        Analyze and characterize protein leads before and after purification with various computational and lab techniques, including collaborating with mass spectrometry researchers on protein identification.

-        Keep abreast with relevant technical developments and actively solicit/pursue ideas from all sources, including academia, competitive intelligence and up-to-date literature.

-        Demonstrate proficiency at data reporting, interpretation, and trending.

-        Demonstrate good documentation skills about raw data recording and protocol authoring.


Educational Qualifications:


  • Ph.D. in biochemistry, protein chemistry or related fields in protein science with 2-5 years of relevant post-doctorate experience. Postdoctoral or applicable industry experience desired.


Competencies and Qualifications:


  • Keen interest in solving biological problems relevant to industrial applications.
  • Extensive experience in protein separation, purification and characterization.
  • A proven track record of creative scientific accomplishment as evidenced by a strong publication and/or patent record. Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present research to audiences at a variety of levels.
  • Ability to optimize existing methods of protein purification, troubleshoot and develop new methods for difficult proteins.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and integrate new technologies into the research programs.
  • Knowledge of using proteomics and genomics tools towards discovering novel proteins is highly desired.
  • Knowledge of utilization of various gene/protein databases, bioinformatics tools, modern analytic instrumentations and computer skills is highly desired.
  • Knowledge in protein 3D structural determination is desired.


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Job Post Date: 02/27/19
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