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Corteva Agriscience Senior Research Associate - Protein Biochemistry in Des Moines, Iowa


Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, pure-play agriculture company. Corteva Agriscience offers farmers around the world the most complete portfolio in the industry with a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity.

We are seeking a highly motivated Senior Research Associate to provide protein biochemistry expertise as part of an inter-disciplinary protein engineering team of the Input Trait Discovery group. The successful candidate will conduct the research experiments, maintain the records, and communicate the results.


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

The Protein Engineering Optimization Division is seeking a Senior Research Associate to join a team developing cutting-edge biotechnological solutions for our early R&D program area, working in a highly collaborative group. The ideal candidate will be fluent in protein biochemistry, with background and experience working with various classes of proteins. This technical position requires bench work as well as collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to analyze experimental results, present findings, and brainstorm new ideas. The position also requires teamwork, tenacity and attention to detail. We offer an atmosphere that fosters innovation, a supportive team environment, intellectual freedom and creativity, and an emphasis on career development.


Educational Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree with 5-10 years of research experience for RA position

  • MS degree with 1-3 years of research experience for SRA position

Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Degree in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related biological science field, with 5+ years of research expertise in protein biochemistry (expression, and purification strategies)

  • Experience with troubleshooting and optimizing protein expression, solubility, and stability

  • Experience in a variety of protein purification techniques including but not limited to: Affinity chromatography, SEC using AKTA, Anion/Cation exchange chromatography

  • Expertise with a range of analytical techniques in protein biochemistry

  • Experience in protein modeling and protein structure-function analysis and software a plus.

  • Interest in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, and willingness to brainstorm on topics outside your area of research

  • Ability to work independently, and as part of a wider team

  • Excellent communication, presentation, and organizational skills

  • Interest in writing proposals/grants and participating in the formation of new programs to solve the nation's most challenging problems

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.

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

Take the next step to #GrowWhatMatters in your career with Corteva and apply today. We look forward to seeing your application.


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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