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Corteva Agriscience Post-Doctoral Visiting Scientist - Metabolic Engineering in Des Moines, Iowa


Corteva Agriscience has exciting opportunities for Post-Doctoral Visiting Scientists - Metabolic Engineering, based in Johnston, Iowa.

The Post-Doctoral Visiting Scientists will serve as integral members of a research group focused on discovering new traits for improving seed composition. The primary project will involve enhancing oil composition in oilseed crops through metabolic engineering. These are hands-on roles and will require management of research projects, as well as coordination with other scientists to deliver technical milestones. We are looking for self-motivated scientists with strong technical backgrounds, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and excellent problem-solving abilities.

Responsibilities - How will you help us grow?

  • Discover new gene targets for modifying oil composition.

  • Design transgenic and CRISPR-editing constructs.

  • Explore diverse approaches to understanding the mechanisms of seed composition.

  • Provide leadership to the project to achieve technical goals.

  • Communicate with relevant parties on project progress and recommendations. Summarize plans and progress in written reports and oral presentations.

  • Provide scientific expertise and remain well-versed on new technologies and relevant literature.

  • Publish scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals.


Requirements - What have you grown?

  • Ph.D. degree in plant biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, or related field completed by the start date.

  • Research experience in plant metabolism is required.

  • Demonstration of being an innovative scientist for understanding mechanisms in plant metabolism.

  • Extensive knowledge and experiences in metabolic engineering, biochemistry, and standard molecular biology techniques.

  • Must be self-motivated, with the ability work both independently with minimal supervision and as a team member.

  • Demonstrated skills in written and verbal communications.

  • Knowledge of lipid biochemistry is highly preferred.

  • Knowledge of computational biology and/or working with large omics datasets is a plus.

  • Experience in protein engineering is a plus.

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Check out life at Corteva!


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 well-being 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!


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.


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:

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