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Research Scientist, Trait Lead Development (PhD)
Global DuPont in Johnston, Iowa
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Date Posted 04/20/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Discovery, development, and stewardship of insect control traits requires a thorough understanding of the mode of action of the trait proteins. Many candidate proteins act through mechanisms that disrupt insect midgut function and can be characterized by biochemical assays based on ligand-receptor interactions or functional reporter cell-based systems. This position will utilize these techniques to characterize the mechanism through which the proteins control agronomically important insect pests.


  • Lead research projects including experimental design, analyses, and troubleshooting;

  • Process, purify, and characterize recombinant insecticidal proteins;

  • Perform biochemical assays aimed at understanding the mode of action of insecticidal proteins and mechanisms of resistance to these protein;

  • Perform insect dissections;

  • Explore and develop new experimental approaches and research strategies;

  • Document research and report results and conclusions in written and/or oral format.


PhD in Biochemistry or related field with 1-3 yrs industry or relevant postdoctoral experience. Applicants should have strong analytical skills, be capable of leading multiple projects simultaneously, and have proficiency in protein biochemistry. The ideal candidate also will have experience in performing ligand binding assays and/or working with cell culture systems. The successful candidate should be self-motivated, capable of working independently or as part of a group, and competent in written and oral reporting.

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At Corteva Agriscience™, we seek to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume. This means we will help rejuvenate the agricultural ecosystem to support people and the planet and to ensure progress for generations to come.

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