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Senior Research Associate – Biotechnology


Des Moines, IA, Midwest United States, USA



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Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

Career Type:

Researcher/Research & Development

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Full Time

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Corteva Agriscience is seeking Senior Research Associates to join our multi-crop research project focused on improvement of somatic embryogenesis. The Senior Research Associate will serve as a part of a team focused on changes in gene expression during somatic embryo formation and how to enhance this process. The ideal candidate has some combination of strong plant tissue culture, transformation, cell biology, and/or bioinformatics experience. The Senior Research Associate will perform plant tissue culture and transformation experiments and contribute to a team that will design new experiments, conduct necessary lab work, and complete follow-up analysis such as expression profiling.

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

  • Conduct plant tissue culture, transformation, and cell biology experiments designed to study the process of somatic embryo formation.
  • Work in a team setting to conduct follow-up analysis and data interpretation.
  • Maintain careful lab records, including notebooks, micrographs, and all electronic files.
  • Produce written summaries and provide periodic audio-visual summaries to the research team.
  • Supervise contract labor and interns to complete center research activities according to protocols while ensuring a safe working environment.


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

  • Master’s degree in plant biology or related scientific field with 2-4 years related experience, or related Bachelor's degree with 6+ years related experience.
  • Knowledge of plant biology, molecular biology, plant development, and experimental design.
  • Team player – we are a multi-crop research center so successful candidate will work across team members spanning disciplines and projects.
  • Strong attention to detail in a deadline driven environment.  
  • Plant tissue culture and transformation expertise.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, adept at using standard software programs and learning internal data systems.
  • Flexibility to work extended days at critical times to accommodate experimental requirements.
  • Leadership in site safety culture and ensure adherence to safety standards.
  • Always Uphold Corteva Agriscience Core Values.  

Benefits: 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: 08/24/22
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