Research Associate

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Job Title: Research Associate
Location: Des Moines, IA, Midwest United States, USA
Company: Corteva
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology
Career Type: Researcher/Research & Development
Job Type: Full Time

Job Description:


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 currently hiring a Research Associate to join a team committed to developing and applying bioassays for input traits screening. You will support a variety of functions including plant growth, bacterial transformation, transient expression, insect infestation, data analysis and reporting.

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

  • Responsible for plant growth and care, equipment upkeep, bacterial transformation and insect manipulation according to established rules and regulations

  • Execute all aspects of bioassays from experiment planning to reporting

  • Participate in troubleshooting and improvement of bioassay procedures

  • Follow appropriate procedures for handling regulated plant material and pests

  • Collaborate with scientists and colleagues within and across groups to streamline and support successful execution of processes

  • Collect, record and analyze data; effectively synthesize and communicate results

  • Maintain lab notebooks with detailed and timely recording of experimental data

  • Take part in routine laboratory maintenance including equipment, research material, and inventory of chemicals and/or supplies necessary for the completion of experiments


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

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, microbiology, plant biology, entomology or biological sciences and a minimum of 2 to 4 years of industry-related experience is required or equivalent amount of relevant education and experience.

  • Practical knowledge of plant biology and microbiology techniques is required.

  • Experience with bioassay development and an understanding of entomology is highly desirable.

  • Proven ability to perform molecular biology assays and basic protein detection and quantification techniques is essential.

  • Demonstrated skill to run bioassays from planning to scoring; ability to collect and assess data quality, perform data analysis including basic statistics and produce timely experimental reports

  • Proficiency in a wide array of computer software including MSOffice, image analysis and databases as well as the ability to quickly master new software.

  • Excellent communication and organization skills; the ability to work independently and as part of a team; self-motivation and adaptability to change.

  • Demonstrated skill to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.

  • Self-driven, motivated individual with excellent work ethics and time management.

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

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, sports teams and 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.

Benefits - 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!

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Job Post Date: 04/17/22
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