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Corteva Agriscience Research Associate in Marion, Iowa


Grow what’s next. Grow your future. We're looking for a responsible and highly motivated Research Associate to join our team in Marion, IA. You will provide day-to-day support for a variety of activities at the Marion research center. You'll play a key role in supporting all projects at the research center through activities including experiment planning, data collection and analysis, and field operations including planting, pollinating and harvest.

Responsibilities - What You'll Do:

  • Conduct field research experiments according to specific protocols, exercising independent judgment and discretion as appropriate. Assist with research center projects and research seed production activities, including seed preparation for planting, pollinating, and combine/hand harvest. These are critical times for the success of the research program, so weekend work and overtime will be required at these times.

  • Operate agricultural research equipment. This includes tractors, planters, sprayers, forklift, and research combines.

  • Collaborate with experiment managers to collect timely data and summarize results of experiments, note problem areas during data collection, and recommend actions to be taken where needed. Computer skills and the use of Corteva proprietary software for completing these tasks will be a significant component. The handling of large volumes of data will be required.

  • Manage temporary and seasonal employees to complete plot maintenance and data collection operations according to protocols.

  • Contribute to maintaining a safe and respectful work environment.

  • Provide support for other research projects at the Marion research center as assigned.


Qualifications - What You'll Bring:

  • Bachelors degree in a related field with 2-4 years related experience.

  • Supervisory and leadership skills to effectively coordinate complex research center operations.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as math and computer skills.

  • Self-motivation and ability to initiate projects, improvements, decisions and problem solving.

  • Ability to work independently while setting high expectations.

  • Ability to maintain and operate agricultural research machinery.

  • Ability to obtain a pesticide applicators license and CMV license to haul trailers.

  • Basic knowledge of agronomy, crop production, plant development, and experimental field plot design. Ability to gain competencies with various research field and data collection equipment as well as necessary computer and data collection hardware and software.

  • Will be required to do physical lifting and work outdoors and in varying ergonomic environments.

  • Additional hours and weekends during seasonal peak periods, including some overnight stays.

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