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Corteva Agriscience Research Scientist - Protein Biochemistry in Des Moines, Iowa


At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow what's next. No matter what your role, you will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture - solving the world's food problems through innovation, technology, and putting people and environment first.

Corteva Agriscience is looking for a passionate Research Scientist to join the Protein Core Facility team. The Protein Core Facility within Protein Core Technologies provides protein expression, purification, and characterization support for discovery research, product development and regulatory studies. This position will support Corteva's R&D pipeline by applying their skills and expertise in protein biochemistry to express and purify recombinant protein, testing to establish new host production systems (internal or through CROs) to enable novel and intractable protein production.

The ideal candidate will be someone who desires to be an integral member of a dedicated protein production team, has excellent scientific/technical leadership with strength in protein biochemistry and various expression systems, and is absolutely passionate about hands-on bench work to evaluate technologies, develop methods, solve problems, and find solutions.

Responsibilities - How will you help us grow?

  • Responsible for evaluating, testing, and establishing new technologies in protein science, including but not limited to protein expression, separation, and analysis.

  • Responsible for testing new host production systems (internal or through CROs), establishing new internal capabilities or external partnership.

  • Develops production methods for new proteins and optimize processes to improve recombinant protein production.

  • Provides protein expression, purification and characterization support in general.

  • Remains current on protein science and technologies by participating in professional meetings, career development activities and by bringing information/technology into research activities.

  • Works with group leader to establish project goals aligned with business goals.

  • Provides scientific and technical leadership, creativity, and management when designing, initiating and executing research projects.

  • Works with a highly dedicated and productive team. Responsible for the planning, executing, and completing assigned projects within timeline.


Qualifications - What expertise have you grown?

  • PhD in biochemistry or related fields with minimum 2 years of hands-on experience in protein expression and purification or a Master's degree with a minimum 5 years of experience.

  • Demonstrated technical expertise in recombinant protein expression. Experience with multiple expression systems is strongly preferred. Experience with baculovirus/insect culture system is a plus.

  • Comprehensive protein science knowledge and demonstrated technical expertise in protein purification and characterization. Experience with difficult protein and track record of producing such protein are strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a dynamic, fast-paced research environment; ability to work independently and as a team member.

  • Passion for hands-on protein work, curiosity for learning new things and drive to overcome challenges are must to have.

  • Strong work ethic, self-motivated and goal-oriented.

  • Excellent skills in verbal and written communication.


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.


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? 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!


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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