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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, 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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Role Summary
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.

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

  • 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.


Experience & Education Required:

  • 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.

Apply today and take part in growing and powering our innovation engine.

Who are we, and what do we do?
Corteva Agriscience creates the world's most recognized and premium agricultural solutions to address the greatest challenges in agriculture. With a focus on technology, Corteva Agriscience creates seed and crop protection products that increase productivity and profit for farmers while reducing risks to their business. Every day our digital tools deliver insights our global partners need to thrive now and into the future.

As the worlds first dedicated agriculture start-up, were building a culture that stays curious, thinks differently, acts boldly and takes a stand on whats right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. We know weve got big challenges to solve - we hope you'll be part of the solution. Whether you are in the lab or on the farm, teaching classes or crafting code - we need bold thinkers and fearless doers to bring their best to the job at hand. Every role at Corteva Agriscience includes an opportunity to grow what matters.

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

Des Moines, Iowa is the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest with a nationally ranked high quality of living. Its 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.

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, were 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, parties, and holiday events. Did we mention youll 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 youre at work.


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Job Post Date: 06/18/20
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