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Corteva Agriscience Postdoctoral Visiting Scientist - Single-Cell and Spatial Genomics in Des Moines, Iowa


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.

Corteva Agriscience has an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Visiting Scientist to serve as an integral member of a team focused on implementing single-cell and spatial transcriptomics technologies and applying those technologies to novel research towards the discovery of genetic and epigenetic factors driving plant tissue and cell's responses to various internal and external inducers. The role will require strong technical skills, an ability to communicate with other scientists to accomplish objectives and deliver on various research projects. The position will be part of the Genome Sciences group, located in Johnston, IA, in the Des Moines metro area.

The ideal candidate will have strong molecular biology skills, including a strong knowledge of single-cell genomics-based applications. The postdoctoral scientist will lead efforts in implementing single-cell and spatial technologies and in conducting research to determine best outcomes and methodologies for various crop-related projects of interests. The postdoctoral scientist will be encouraged to communicate research outcomes through publication in peer-reviewed journals, participation in scientific community working groups, and presentations at key scientific conferences. This is an exciting opportunity where the candidate will be given direct access to a variety of cutting-edge technologies, and the opportunity to collaborate with world-class plant and molecular biology scientists.

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

  • Lead testing and implementation of preferred single-cell and single-nuclei epigenomics (e.g., ATAC-Seq) and transcriptomics (e.g., RNA-Seq) technologies in plants and insects

  • Lead molecular, single-cell/single-nuclei and spatial transcriptomics studies, in collaboration with Genome Sciences team and Corteva scientists, to better understand impact of specific inducers on cell-specific gene expression and regulation

  • Support Corteva discovery pipeline by assisting scientists with their single-cell and spatial needs and generating single-cell and spatial data on an as-needed basis

  • Collaborate with proteomics and metabolomics scientists for the development of a “multi-omics” analysis pipeline

  • Identify, evaluate, and implement new methods and protocols aiming to improve lab processes and outcomes

  • Train team members as appropriate

  • Maintain careful lab records, including notebooks, micrographs, and all electronic files.

  • Proactively uphold Corteva's core values and compliance with best laboratory practices.

  • Follow company safety polices, protocols, and procedures, and ensure a safe working environment for self and team members



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

  • Ph.D. in plant biology, genomics, molecular biology, or related scientific field

  • Demonstrated experience in single cell/protoplast/nuclei manipulation in plant, molecular biology, and functional genomics

  • Knowledge of plant cellular biology and bioinformatics (R, Python…), along with previous exposure to tissue preparation and microscopy would be a plus

  • Demonstrated ability for protocol testing and development, along with experiment planning, execution, and troubleshooting

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and in a collaborative team environment

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to disseminate complex technical issues in a clear, concise manner to a variety of audiences

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.

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.

Benefits - How We'll Support You:

  • Numerous development opportunities offered to build your skills

  • Be part of a company with a higher purpose and contribute to making the world a better place

  • Health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment

  • Four weeks of paid time off and two weeks of well-being pay per year, plus paid holidays

  • Excellent parental leave which includes a minimum of 16 weeks for mother and father

  • Future planning with our competitive retirement savings plan and tuition reimbursement program

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Are you a good match? Apply today! We seek applicants from all backgrounds to ensure we get the best, most creative talent on our team.

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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