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Research Associate


Des Moines, IA, Midwest United States, USA



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Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

Career Type:

Researcher/Research & Development

Job Type:

Full Time

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Corteva Agriscience is a leader in delivering novel and sustainable solutions for the future of agriculture. The Input Trait Discovery group combines activity-based and genomic discovery, protein characterization and optimization to deliver novel insect control traits. We are seeking a Research Associate candidate who has a passion for insects and laboratory-based insect bioassay work to support the next generation insect control trait development effort by the input trait discovery group.
Responsibilities - How you help us grow:

  • Perform insect eggs / larvae staging processes following a stablished protocol

  • Plan and conduct insect bioassays according to protocol

  • Monitor bioassay quality to ensure data consistency and accuracy

  • Maintain accurate and thorough records in data management system

  • Develop and optimize insect bioassays processes and write new protocols

  • Actively participate in all IAS high throughput screening work

  • Ability to work with liquid handling robotics and eager to learn new automation system

  • Able to work independently as well as in collaboration with team members and cross functional groups.  

  • Ability to communicate with impact. Written and verbal communication of plans, procedures, and results with team members and cross functional working groups.


Job Qualification - What you will bring:

  • Candidates should have a BS degree in Biology, Entomology, Microbiology, or a related field with 2+ years of laboratory experience.

  • Experience in laboratory settings, greenhouse or field work may qualify in lieu of educational degrees.   

  • Experience in insect eggs and larval handling.

  • Previous experience on southern green stink bug (SGSB) or brown stink bug eggs handling, and rearing is a plus.

  • Hands-on experience with high-throughput insect bioassay system is a plus.

  • Experience in microbiological work.

  • Familiarity with laboratory automation and a desire to explore and learn 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. 

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!




Corteva Agriscience™ is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to boldly embracing the power of inclusion, diversity, and equity to enrich the lives of our employees and strengthen the performance of our company, while advancing equity in agriculture. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. Discrimination, harassment and retaliation are inconsistent with our values and will not be tolerated. If you require a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit:

To all recruitment agencies: Corteva does not accept unsolicited third party resumes and is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


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Job Post Date: 08/18/22
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