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Corteva Agriscience Senior Research Associate - Molecular Biology/Structure Biology in Johnston, Iowa


Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, pure-play agriculture company. We offer farmers around the world the most complete portfolio in the industry with a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity. We are well positioned to drive above-market growth through our industry-leading product pipeline and rigorous approach to innovation and operating discipline.

We are seeking a biologist with experience in protein structure determination to join our trait discovery group. As a biologist at Corteva, you will have access to state-of-the-art protein production facilities, crystallization robotics, utilize local and regional resources for data collection, and provide structural information to answer critical questions facing modern agriscience. The successful candidate will be involved in projects to determine the 3-dimensional structure of one or more proteins relevant to the agricultural business.


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

  • Protein purification and characterization for structural biology studies

  • Protein production construct optimization for structural studies

  • Protein engineering as it relates to the production of soluble proteins for structural studies

  • High-throughput crystallization screening using commercial and proprietary screens

  • Crystal growth optimization, ligand soaks, crystal harvesting, cryo-mounting and puck loading

  • Collect and process X-ray diffraction data using CCP4

  • Design protein engineering experiments to enhance biological activity of agriscience relevant proteins



  • Master’s degree with 2+ years of relevant industry experience, or Bachelor's degree with 4+ years of relevant industry experience

  • Extensive experience in protein expression and purification for structural studies

  • Strong molecular biology skills

  • Experience in structure determination of biological macromolecules

  • Knowledge of insecticidal toxin is desired

Apply today and join us in growing progress and enriching lives.

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, 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


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