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Corteva Agriscience Research Associate in Marion, Iowa


Corteva Agriscience is currently seeking a Research Associate to provide day-to-day support for a variety of activities at the Marion, Iowa Research Center. You will 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.

  • Ability to maintain and operate agricultural research machinery.

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

  • Ability to obtain drone pilots license

  • Competency with standard Microsoft Office programs, along with handheld PC experience, and capacity to learn new software.

  • 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™ 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.