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Synthetic Chemist


Indianapolis, IN, Midwest United States, USA



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Industry Type:

Chemical, Pesticide and Fertilizer

Career Type:

Researcher/Research & Development

Job Type:

Full Time

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Who are we, and what do we do?
Corteva Agriscience, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet.
With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.

The Small Molecule Discovery and Development (SMDD) group at Corteva Agriscience is looking to hire a Synthetic Chemist at its Indianapolis Global Headquarters.  The SMDD group at Corteva Agriscience is comprised of Discovery Chemistry, Discovery Process Sciences, Process Science and Technology and the Enabling Capabilities groups and represents a significant portion of our R&D innovation engine working towards sustainable crop protection solutions. We are looking for scientists who can work as part of a multidisciplinary team to discover, develop and launch our crop protection pipeline. 
This position is focused on the design and discovery of novel small molecules and sustainable building blocks aligned to our Discovery Chemistry Team. The candidate must have a solid knowledge of small-molecule, organic synthesis theory and methodology. 

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

  • In partnership with team members, the candidate will design, synthesize, isolate and characterize novel molecules enabled by modern reaction platforms, purification tools, and analytical instrumentation.
  • Develop an understanding of biology, biochemistry and computational chemistry to innovate and generate and test novel hypotheses.
  • Evaluate compounds using cutting edge cheminformatics tools to accurately and efficiently interpret biological data to drive structure activity relationship (SAR).
  • Effectively interact with key stakeholders and peers and maintain flexibility to accommodate urgent projects and reprioritize work as needed.

Critical Success Factors (What you bring to the table):

  • Technical Competence:  Must be able to generate and interpret data to solve organic synthesis problems.  Must be able to work cross-functionally to identify and enable new chemistry. 
  • Innovation:  The objective of the job is to create new biologically active molecules having sustainable characteristics.  The ideal candidate will problem solve by generating novel ideas and by creatively applying synthetic technology. 
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness:  All projects are conducted in a team-based environment.  Success is achieved through the effective leveraging of cross-functional resources.  Interaction with others and ability to build and sustain effective relationships is crucial.
  • Initiative:  The person must be able to work independently to achieve results.  Assistance will be provided in defining and prioritizing goals; however, the individual must show initiative in planning and working to meet the defined objectives. 
  • Teamwork:  All projects are managed by teams of varying size.  Cooperating and contributing to meet team objectives is critical.


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

  • BS/MS in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.
  • 1-5 years of experience in an industrial chemistry, R&D laboratory setting is preferred.
  • Strong synthetic chemistry background is required.
  • Expertise in the purification and characterization of organic compounds.
  • A proven track record of solving complex synthetic problems is required.
  • Effective communication (written & verbal) and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong desire to work in a collaborative team environment

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: 08/17/22
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