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Research Associate


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.

We’re looking for a responsible and highly motivated Research Associate to join the cross functional SPD Field and Phenotyping team in Johnston, IA. The Research Associate is an integral member of a multi-crop and cross functional research center committed to developing and testing new traits, hybrids and varieties for multiple crops.

Responsibilities - How will you help us grow? 
Help assist by owning, assisting, and planning multiple faucets of research by conducting experiments, recording, and analyzing data, and being a team member to support operations of laboratories and or field locations.
This position will assist in the management of working on trait and plant breeding activities, as well as data collection and trial execution efforts for a multi-crop research center.

  • Assist in the technologies used to produce high quality data 
  • Ability to work across multiple aspects of the organization: Trait Integration and Plant Breeding
  • Maintain and improve the efficiency and safety of daily workplace operations
  • Be expected to contribute to joint success of all research groups at the center


Requirements - What expertise have you grown? 

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture or scientific related field preferred
  • Demonstrated excellent communication/personal interaction skills to foster teamwork, enhance a positive work environment, and effectively develop strong internal and external working relationships with a diverse group of people
  • Strong experience and skills with computers and data management. 
  • Strong aptitude to operate and maintain planting and harvest equipment including electronics, GPS systems and data collection systems.
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership, operational safety, supervision and time management.
  • Must be capable of lifting 50 pounds
  • Must be capable of working in varying ergonomic and environmental conditions for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work to travel and work extended hours during peak periods
  • Ability to obtain commercial pesticide license

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. 

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: 07/10/22
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