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Corteva Agriscience Research Associate - Genomics Technologies in Johnston, Iowa


We are looking for a responsible and highly motivated Research Associate to join our Genomics Technologies Team! Genomics Technologies in Applied Science & Technology (AST) at Corteva Agriscience is a research and technology support function accountable for the development and implementation of PCR-based screening assays and DNA sequencing applications across all Corteva Agriscience.

The PCR Analysis and Characterization (PAC) laboratory is a centralized analytical laboratory providing qualitative and quantitative PCR analysis to support Corteva scientists as they seek to improve various crops through conventional breeding and genetic engineering. The Genomics laboratory is a centralized next generation sequencing facility that utilizes short read and long read DNA sequencing technologies to support the Corteva organization. Both laboratories are world-class experts in DNA/RNA detection, quantitation and sequencing. We provide data in a rapid, cost effective and efficient manner. We partner with our colleagues to provide agile and flexible analytical solutions to answer their experimental questions. We produce high quality data that unequivocally fulfills the experimental design and answers the questions being asked.

Our vision for the future is a single receiving facility for the PAC and Genomics Labs. The Research Associate will serve as the key starting point for the laboratory processes by receiving samples into the laboratory and distributing them to the appropriate downstream parties. All other laboratory functions are dependent upon this position. The primary workload will consist of receiving racks of samples into the PAC Lab utilizing laboratory automation. Additional work may entail receiving samples for the Genomics Lab. Opportunities will exist to cross train in DNA isolation, tissue collection and process improvement activities.

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

Provide molecular support for the PAC and GT Group by:

  • Receive racks of samples into the laboratory, enter them into proprietary LIMS software and distribute them to the appropriate downstream parties

  • Manage a constantly changing workload appropriately and effectively to ensure timelines are met

  • Operate, maintain and troubleshoot laboratory equipment

  • Ensure that all materials necessary for production are prepared properly, on time, and in a safe manner

  • Make detailed observations, analyze data and interpret results

  • Record information in proprietary and standard software applications

  • Perform tissue dissections to collect samples for DNA isolation and PCR analysis

  • Perform DNA isolations from multiple crop species and tissue types, including working with regulated transgenic plants, to meet the demand of multiple PCR and DNA sequence-based application pipelines

  • Continually look for process improvement opportunities and help the team to implement solutions

Responsible for the implementation of Good Laboratory Practice Standards as described in the GLPs and following the Good Laboratory Practice standards when required within the PAC group.

  • Maintain a Personnel Qualifications File or PQF as required by the GLPs.

  • Record keeping in equipment log books (inspections, routine, non-routine maintenance) when required.

  • Record data collection under the GLPs

  • Assist GLP technical leads when needed with developing or updating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Keeps Managers informed of Good Laboratory Practice compliance issues.

  • Works with Quality Assurance personnel to assure Good Laboratory Practice compliance and to resolve compliance problems as needed.


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

  • Bachelor of Science degree in biology, biotechnology, or related discipline

  • 0 to 2 years of industry related experience required, or equivalent levels of relevant education and experience

  • Molecular biology experience and skills are a plus

  • Competency is aseptic technique is essential

  • Experience with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) is a plus

  • Attention to detail and ability to stay focused while performing repetitive tasks

  • Ability to work well with teams as well as independently

  • Candidates should possess a demonstrated ability to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines

  • Excellent written/verbal communication and organizational skills are required

  • Experience with problem solving and process improvement are a plus

  • Experience with computer systems and standard software programs

  • Self-motivated and goal oriented

Community – We care about you and we care that you're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.

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.

Benefits – 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? Start by applying to this opportunity today!

Corteva Agriscience ™, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.


Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, is an equal opportunity employer. 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. If you need a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit: Accessibility Page for Contact Information For US Applicants: See the 'Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law' poster For our U.S. Affirmative Action Policy, click here