Post-doctoral Research Scientist

Johnston, Iowa (US)
Competitive salary
March 17 2021
Organization Type

Who are we, and what do we do?

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.

Corteva’s R&D organization strives to be the best at designing, discovering, and developing innovations that create value for farmers and delivery consumer benefits in planet-friendly ways. We achieve this goal by being the most open, agile research organization in the world. We are a market-shaping organization that enriches the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come.

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

The Functional Cell Sciences group within the SIBs Core Technologies team is seeking a candidate who can integrate biotechnology with plant breeding to support our ongoing discovery research efforts.

Our group boldly innovates to create strategically-aligned solutions for next-generation plant breeding technologies, specifically by translating genomic knowledge into novel breeding applications. Strong molecular biology and biochemistry skills including PCR methods, cloning expertise, gene editing expertise, co-immunoprecipitation, yeast two hybrid screening, and plant transformation expertise are required. Ability to perform aspects of plant tissue culture methods will be required. Use of sequence analysis software and bioinformatics tools will be required. Experience with genomics, proteomics, and or epigenomic profiling is highly favorable. Experience with gene network analysis and or the regulation of gene network pathways is highly favorable. Microscopy expertise is favorable.


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

  • be self-motivated to advance projects and work well collaboratively on larger team projects
  • communicate well, both verbally and written, including peer-reviewed publications
  • keep detailed and organized records of experimental protocols and results
  • analyze results, troubleshoot technical difficulties, and implement solutions
  • adhere to environmental health and safety requirements

When applying for this position, please provide a current curriculum vitae with bibliography and poof of doctoral degree (e.g. copy of diploma, final transcripts, or letter from your university's registrar office indicating you will be eligible to graduate). Please also be prepared to provide three letters of recommendation to the hiring PI prior to an interview.

The Location:

The Johnston campus of Corteva Agriscience is part of the Des Moines metro area. Des Moines is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life. Corteva is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating an inclusive environment that values the diversity of its employees and does not discriminate against any employee or candidate. Women, minorities, veterans, people from the LGBTQ communities and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to join our teams.



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



Let’s peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva!

  • Strike a better worklife 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!

Corteva Agriscience ™ serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.