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Corteva Agriscience Sr Research Associate - Genetic Resistance in Johnston, Iowa


The Senior Research Associate will be joining a team focused on disease resistance gene discovery and characterization, as well as host-pathogen interactions in major crops. The candidates will conduct novel research activities to facilitate the identification of plant resistance genes and cognate fungal effectors. This is a hands-on role, which requires the candidate to manage projects independently, and coordinate with others to accomplish the team’s objectives. We are looking for a highly-motivated individual with experience in molecular biology, genetics, and cell biology experiments, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and excellent problem-solving abilities.


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

  • Design, implement, optimize protocols for resistance gene and cognate effector discovery. Explore creative scientific solutions and investigate feasibility of scientific principles and concepts

  • Support the objectives of the group through independently managing research projects as well as collaborating with other group members

  • Communicate with relevant parties on project progress and recommendations on future work

  • Summarize plans and progress in written reports and oral presentations

  • Comply with all on-site safety, environmental, and stewardship regulations



  • A master degree in plant biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular pathology, genetics, or a related discipline, as well as research experience. Experience in molecular plant pathology is a plus.

  • A self-motivator is required, with ability to work independently, prioritize and manage a variety of tasks, and shift priorities rapidly.

  • A team player who can work well with others and support the goals of the group is required

  • Strong scientific background with problem-solving skills

  • Detail-oriented, excellent organizational and communication skills (oral and written)

  • Significant plant molecular biology techniques

  • Experience with molecular pathology is a plus

Apply today and join us in growing progress and enriching lives.

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, 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


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