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Data Scientist, Small Molecules (MS/PHD)


Des Moines, IA, Midwest United States, USA



Industry Sector:


Industry Type:

Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

Career Type:

Researcher/Research & Development

Job Type:

Full Time

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Who are we, and what do we do?
Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry - including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection, and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. In 2021, Corteva Agriscience generated revenues valued at around 15.66 billion U.S. dollars.

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.

We are seeking an innovative and collaborative data scientist to join a strong, global data science team that delivers value across Corteva’s seed, crop protection, and digital solutions.  The position will help drive development of sustainable solutions for crop protection chemistry.  The successful candidate will use data-driven methods including machine learning to guide efficient and optimized R&D processes such as chemical synthesis.

The preferred location for this position is in Indianapolis, IN, USA. A remote arrangement might also be an option for strong candidates.

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

•    Develop, evaluate, and apply advanced analytics including machine learning for screening and parameter optimization
•    Contribute to artificial intelligence execution strategy, including what to use and when to use it
•    Collaborate with engineering teams to scale-up compute-bound processes
•    Build chemical structure and reaction data representations for decision modeling, analytics, and artificial intelligence applications
•    Partner with computational and organic chemists to drive efficient processes such as computer aided synthesis planning 
•    Thought leadership on advanced analytics for generating diverse synthesis outcomes


What expertise have you grown? 


  • Ph.D. in Data Science, Computer Science, Cheminformatics, Computational Chemistry, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, or related fields (or M.S. with 5 or more years of equivalent experience)

Requirements – What do you bring to the table?
•    Solid understanding of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and optimization theory
•    Proficiency in Machine Learning Operations, including training/testing/validation data set management, model versioning, and scaling
•    Expertise in Python programming, and familiarity with shell scripting
•    Proficiency in development operations, such as containerization using Docker, version control with Git, continuous integration, Linux, and Kubernetes
•    Knowledge of statistical methods such as principal component analysis, linear regression, and experiment design
•    Passion for the future of machine learning and artificial intelligence as applied to sustainable chemistry and agriculture
•    Strong desire to learn and grow, strong critical thinking skills, a can-do attitude, and agility to adapt approaches to new data and information
•    Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills and a team-oriented mindset
•    Ability to work independently and manage timelines in collaborative projects
Beyond – What will generate excitement?
•    Proficiency in distributed frameworks like Apache Spark, Dask, and Ray
•    Familiarity with relational and document-oriented database technologies, such as SQL and ElasticSearch
•    Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques such as Monte Carlo simulations, Bayesian modeling, and multivariate analysis
•    Strong portfolio of cheminformatics solutions using custom and open-source computational tools, including OpenEye, RDKit, and others
•    Experience with cheminformatics, including digital representations of reactions, synthesis routes, and chemical structures


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 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! 

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: 08/27/22
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