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Corteva Agriscience Post-Doctoral Visiting Scientist in Plant Genome Engineering in Des Moines, Iowa


The Post-doctoral Visiting Scientist will serve as an integral member of a research team focused on somatic embryogenesis in major cereal crops, conducting novel research towards discovering both genetic and epigenetic factors that mitigate somatic embryogenesis to facilitate rapid plant formation. This is a hands-on role and will require management of technical projects, as well as coordination with other scientists to accomplish objectives. We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with strong technical background, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and excellent problem-solving abilities.

This role will be on-site at our Corteva location in Johnston.

What you will do:

  • The Post-Doc scientist will lead a research project on using morphogenic genes to improve somatic embryo initiation and development in cereal crops. The post-doc scientist will conduct research, analyze and interpret results, suggest new experimental directions, compose written updates and present/deliver verbal updates.

  • Perform molecular, biochemical and cell biological studies to understand de novo somatic embryogenesis in maize and other cereal crops, by exploring genetic and epigenetic factors that impact the process.

  • Identify, evaluate, and implement new methods aiming to improve lab processes and outcomes.

  • The Post-Doc scientist will train and supervise team members as appropriate.

  • The Post-Doc scientist is expected to publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals.


What is required from you?

  • PhD in Plant Biology, Molecular Biology, Functional Genomics, or a related discipline.

  • Demonstrated experience in some combination of plant tissue culture, molecular biology, bioinformatics, or computational biology, used to solve developmental biology questions.

  • Deep understanding of molecular biology and tissue culture techniques to guide research on use of morphogenic genes to improve somatic embryogenesis in grass crops.

  • Demonstrated superior ability for experiment planning, execution and troubleshooting, and ability to develop/optimize protocols.

  • Must be self-motivated, with the ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and as a team member

  • Demonstrated skills in written and verbal communications, and interpersonal relationships.

Check out life at Corteva!


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? 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!

Corteva Agriscience™ is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to boldly embracing the power of inclusion, diversity, and equity to enrich the lives of our employees and strengthen the performance of our company, while advancing equity in agriculture. 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. Discrimination, harassment and retaliation are inconsistent with our values and will not be tolerated. If you require 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 To all recruitment agencies: Corteva does not accept unsolicited third party resumes and is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.