Corteva Agriscience™ is a leader in delivering novel and sustainable solutions for the future of agriculture.  The Trait Discovery – Crop Productivity and Resilience Trait group develops and runs bioassays for corn and soybean diseases. As part of the bioassay process, the group routinely runs gene expression assays for a diverse set of genes. We are seeking a Senior Research Associate to support the development of various gene expression (qRT-PCR) and related assays. The individual also is expected to run greenhouse and/or lab-based plant disease assays.

This position will be on-site at our Corteva location in Johnston, IA.

Responsibilities include but not limited to

  • Developing gene expression and disease assays.
  • Characterize pathogenicity variants using genetic and/ molecular methods.
  • Develop techniques for long and short-term storage of various plant pathogens.
  • Routine laboratory management activities such as inventory of chemicals and supplies.



  • MS in Plant Pathology/Plant Molecular Biology or related area with 2+ years of relevant academic or industry research experience, or Bachelor’s degree in Plant Pathology/Plant Molecular Biology with minimum 5+ years of relevant industry or academic research experience.
  • Good theoretical and practical knowledge of plant pathology/mycology and molecular biology.
  • Experience with qPCR and qRT-PCR.
  • Proficiency in standard DNA sequence analysis software
  • Must be able to work both independently and as part of an integrated team.
  • Good communication and organizational skills are essential.

Work/Visa Sponsorship not offered for this role

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