Corteva Agriscience has an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate in the Output Trait Discovery Group located in Johnston, Iowa. The successful candidate will be accountable for development and execution of experiments focused on improving soybean grain quality. The successful candidate will have a broad knowledge in plant molecular biology and genetics supplemented with extensive hands-on experience with gene cloning and sequencing, genotyping, phenotyping, mapping, and cloning.

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

  • Meets and works with managers to develop experimental plans
  • Executes experiment plans in timely manner
  • Collects data and conducts data analysis
  • Delivers results and shares results with team members
  • Maintains detailed laboratory notebooks.
  • Contributes to maintaining safe and respectful work environment



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

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Plant Science, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or a related field with 2-3 year relevant laboratory experiences or MS degree in related field.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills.
  • Experience with plant DNA/RNA isolation, sequencing, cloning, SNP genotyping, mapping, common computational biology tools and seed compositional analysis.
  • Self-motivated, capable of working independently or as part of a group.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • High motivation, fast learner, and team player

Work/Visa Sponsorship not offered for this role

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!

Check out life at Corteva! 


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.

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!