Senior Research Associate – Protein Engineering

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Job Title: Senior Research Associate – Protein Engineering
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:


Corteva Agriscience is a leader in delivering novel and sustainable solutions for the future of agriculture. The Input Trait Discovery group combines genomic analysis, activity-based screening, protein characterization and optimization to deliver novel insect control traits. We are seeking a Senior Research Associate to provide protein engineering expertise as part of an inter-disciplinary team.

This role will be on-site at our Corteva location in Johnston, Iowa.
Responsibilities - How will you help us grow? 

  • PCR, cloning, mutagenesis, DNA purification, sequencing, and transformation/transduction
  • Develop, optimize, and execute high-throughput library screening workflow
  • Perform sequence analyses and database searches using Geneious and other internal molecular biology and bioinformatics tools
  • Conduct various assays to characterize proteins
  • Written and verbal communication of plans, procedures, and results with internal and external stakeholders


Requirements - What expertise have you grown? 

Educational Qualifications:
Candidates should have MS/MA with 2+ years of experience or BS/BA in molecular biology, biochemistry or a related discipline with 5+ years of relevant research experience.

Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to design primers, plasmid constructs, and libraries
  • Have a knowledge of molecular biology methods including cloning, mutagenesis, DNA purification, bacterial cell culture, PCR, and sequencing
  • Ability to design, optimize, and run plate-based assays in a high throughput manner. 
  • Proficiency with modern molecular biology tools and software
  • Familiarity with bioinformatics sequence analysis tools like BLAST
  • Experience in operating automation equipment such as liquid handlers and Qpix
  • Have an experience of utilizing a plate reader for assays
  • Experience of handling insecticidal toxins is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and analyze large datasets and samples using Excel, JMP, or similar software
  • Ability to organize, analyze, and deliver information in a concise, accurate, and professional manner
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Check out life at Corteva!

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! 

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

Our Campus:
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.

Our Community: 
Des Moines, Iowa is the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest with a nationally ranked high quality of living. It’s 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. 

Ready to grow your perspectives, impact and career? We seek applicants from all backgrounds to ensure we get the best, most creative talent on our team. Start by applying to this opportunity today!


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Job Post Date: 05/25/22
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