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Corteva Agriscience Research Associate Plant Transformation (bachelors) in Johnston, Iowa


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.


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

This is a lab-based position which requires the ability to work efficiently both independently as well as in a team environment, follow, develop, and troubleshoot protocols and deliver high quality results on time. The candidate will perform plant transformation in multiple commercially relevant crops, initiate and maintain in vitro plant tissue culture experiment in a high throughput setting and present research outcomes to peers.



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

Bachelor’s degree in Plant Biology, Plant Biotechnology or related subject with previous laboratory experience

  • Knowledge and hand on experience with monocot and/or dicot plant tissue culture and genetic transformation technologies including particle bombardment and Agrobacterium

  • Proficiency in isolation and quantification of DNA/RNA, PCR, qPCR, ddPCR, etc., primer design and various cloning techniques, handling bacterial cell cultures, bacterial transformations, plasmid purification from bacterial overnight cultures

  • Experience with aseptic techniques in laminar flow and bio-containment hoods

  • Knowledge of bacterial cell culture

  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a team member

  • Capability of trouble shooting and able to provide solution when challenges met

  • Highly motivated, result oriented, and a good team player

  • Flexibility in handling new job assignments and achieving results in a rapidly changing work environment

  • Solid proficiency with standard computer programs (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.) and strong capacity to learn additional computer software

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is essential


We care about you and we care that you're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.


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? Start by applying to this opportunity today!

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.


Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, is an equal opportunity employer. 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. If you need a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit: Accessibility Page for Contact Information For US Applicants: See the 'Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law' poster For our U.S. Affirmative Action Policy, click here