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Research Scientist, Trait Lead Development (PhD)

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Job Title: Research Scientist, Trait Lead Development (PhD)
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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Discovery, development, and stewardship of insect control traits requires a thorough understanding of the mode of action of the trait proteins.  Many candidate proteins act through mechanisms that disrupt insect midgut function and can be characterized by biochemical assays based on ligand-receptor interactions or functional reporter cell-based systems.  This position will utilize these techniques to characterize the mechanism through which the proteins control agronomically important insect pests.



  • Lead research projects including experimental design, analyses, and troubleshooting;
  • Process, purify, and characterize recombinant insecticidal proteins;
  • Perform biochemical assays aimed at understanding the mode of action of insecticidal proteins and mechanisms of resistance to these protein;
  • Perform electrophysiological assays that include measurement of isolated insect midgut transport activities
  • Perform insect dissections;
  • Explore and develop new experimental approaches and research strategies;
  • Document research and report results and conclusions in written and/or oral format.



PhD in Biochemistry or related field with 1-3 yrs industry or relevant postdoctoral experience. Applicants should have strong analytical skills, be capable of leading multiple projects simultaneously, and have proficiency in protein biochemistry.  The ideal candidate also will have experience in performing ligand binding assays and/or working with cell culture systems. The successful candidate should be self-motivated, capable of working independently or as part of a group, and competent in written and oral reporting.

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Job Post Date: 04/02/19
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