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Senior Strain Improvement Scientist

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Job Title: Senior Strain Improvement Scientist
Location: Indianapolis, IN, Mid-West United States, USA
Company: Corteva
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Chemical, Pesticide and Fertilizer
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 to hire a Senior Strain Improvement Scientist at our Indianapolis location.

This role, within Corteva Agrisciences Bioengineering and Bioprocessing R&D department, exists to provide technical expertise and strategic guidance for microbial strain improvement across multiple products and labs.  The primary focus of the role is to support our strain improvement teams through deep expertise in strain engineering and microbial physiology to achieve Corteva Agriscience business goals.

The main purpose of this job is to ensure technical success of multiple workstreams across multiple projects by contributing technical expertise, scientific planning and project management.

Key areas of technical expertise necessary to perform this job include: 
  • Advanced strain engineering strategies including the application of Systems Biology, omics and metabolic modelling to improve productivity
  • Automated workflows for HTP strain construction, evaluation and characterization
  • Biochemistry of secondary metabolite production
  • Deep understanding of microbial physiology

Key responsibilities expected from this role are as follows:
  • Provide technical leadership and hands-on technology development for specific product development projects.
  • Ensure that sound scientific discipline (Scientific Method, technical documentation, intellectual property management and peer review) is applied against all projects.
  • Provide strong technical mentorship to less-experienced group members, peers, and members of cross-functional project teams.
  • As applicable, lead project management activities: organize, facilitate, and document team meetings; create and maintain project timelines; develop and execute the strategy for process development for a project.
  • Mentor less experienced staff to ensure appropriate scientific approaches and methods are used across strain improvement programs
  • Collaborate with leadership and other senior scientist to develop and execute long-term technical strategies
  • Contribute to the identification and shaping of new opportunities for the business and the function.
  • Monitor emerging technology and capability offerings that offer to address project-specific requirements and that support the needs of the process development team.  Ensure that these technology options are implemented or assessed appropriately. 
  • Become engaged in cross-functional project teams and technology networks as required.  


  • MS/PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemical Engineering, Microbiology, Biochemistry or closely related Discipline 
  • Minimum of 10 years working on strain improvement programs to support industrial fermentations
  • Minimum 5 years experience with strain engineering techniques: molecular biology, systems biology, synthetic biology 

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Job Post Date: 07/11/19
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