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Genome Editing & Molecular Engineering Scientist


Des Moines, IA, Midwest United States, USA



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Industry Type:

Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

Career Type:

Researcher/Research & Development

Job Type:

Full Time

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At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow what’s next. No matter what your role, you will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture – solving the world’s food problems through innovation, technology, and putting people and environment first.

Corteva Agriscience is seeking a highly motivated Genome Editing & Molecular Engineering Scientist to join our Molecular Genome Engineering team. The ideal candidate will have exposure to a broad range of scientific disciplines in the field of genome editing including, protein evolution, molecular biology, plant transformation, plant breeding, biochemistry, and informatics with specialized skills in molecular biology and genome editing and at least one other discipline. The successful candidate will also perform and troubleshoot laboratory experiments and manage scientific/technical aspects of projects while contributing to broader cross-functional research activities.

Responsibilities - How will you help us grow? 

  • Design and validation of assays to optimize genome editing tools using a variety of techniques which may include molecular biology, biochemistry, rational design, protein evolution, and bioinformatics 
  • Manage a team of one or more research associates
  • Work with manager to set goals, track progress, and quickly pivot research activities when needed
  • Analyze, summarize, and present results to leadership and others
  • Participate in cross-functional and external collaborations
  • Author protocols, reports, manuscripts, and patent applications
  • Stay abreast of advances in relevant fields using a variety of sources including academia, competitive intelligence, and the literature


Requirements - What expertise have you grown? 

  • Ph.D. in biological sciences, or related fields with a minimum of two years of relevant experience desired or Master’s degree with a minimum of five years of hands-on experience
  • Broad knowledge in the field of genome editing and molecular biology
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a dynamic, past-paced R&D environment
  • Experience with rationale design and directed evolution approaches is highly desirable
  • Experience with biochemistry would be a plus
  • Ability to troubleshoot and optimize methods and identify and address bottlenecks
  • Ability to translate and apply new technologies or approaches to a lab setting
  • Demonstrated proficiency at experimental design, analysis, interpretation, and reporting
  • A proven track record of creative scientific accomplishment as evidenced by a strong publication and/or patent record
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in the utilization of various gene/protein databases, sequence analysis tools, and computer 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: 08/18/22
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