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R&D Lab Automation Engineer


Indianapolis, IN, 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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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 Agriscience is the world leader in the agricultural biotechnology industry including the discovery, development and delivery of elite crop genetics, crop protection and digital solutions. Our Research Automation and Engineering team is looking for a proactive, business partner centric R&D Engineer to join the team located in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. 

Research Automation & Engineering is dedicated to the successful conception, design, development, integration and support of novel machines and instruments, scientific laboratory automation, process engineering improvements, industrial automation and other enabling technologies. Leveraging the most current tools and technologies, RAE delivers against a unique and broad portfolio, providing staff significant opportunity to work with a diversity of projects, skills, and domains.

The qualified candidate will successfully build and maintain partnerships across the scientific community to deliver Research efficiency via novel, innovative, and cost-effective automation & engineering solutions for Corteva’s Research labs.  The successful candidate will also collaborate closely with the Automation & Instrumentation Support team to collectively support production systems.  This role requires a strong focus on analytical chemistry and/or biology-based automation & instrumentation. The candidate will work both independently in a team setting, in collaboration with current team members and processes, and closely with their science business partners and technology vendors. 

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

  • Partner with Corteva labs to gain a firm understanding of workflows.
  • Assess research requests for proposals and design the optimal technical solution in conjunction with research staff including protocol/throughput scaling, instrument specifications and system layout review. 
  • Design, develop, build, deploy, and support new custom lab automation & instrumentation solutions, and adapt existing systems to meet scientific requirements. Provide training and documentation to scientists and support team.
  • Collaborate with external vendors – e.g. Hamilton, Tecan, Retisoft, Beckman, Brooks, etc. to specify and source equipment.
  • Develop protocols including liquid handling and robotic work cell scheduling software. 
  • Partner with internal software development teams to push/pull data relative to automation & instrumentation to and from LIMS and other laboratory data systems.
  • Develop safety protocols and perform safety evaluations of both custom build automation as well as off the shelf automation solutions.
  • Leverage traditional support skills in collaboration with the support team to resolve issues such as mechanical, electrical and software related issue.
  • Assist in installation and validation of equipment into service.
  • Scout for new automation technology and trends that can be leveraged by Corteva.
  • Engage in continual learning/training, providing cutting edge expertise.
  • Work in a business casual environment with flexible work/life opportunities.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree with course work related to mechanical, electrical, chemical, biomedical engineering disciplines with at least 2 years of experience with lab automation
  • Strong understanding of laboratory processes and applications relative to analytical chemistry and/or biological systems
  • Strong problem solving, collaboration, communication, customer service and time management skills.
  • Knowledge and experience relative to safety and health
  • Have the right to work in the U.S. without restriction.

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: 08/06/22
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