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Synthetic Chemist
Corteva Agriscience in Indianapolis, Indiana
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Date Posted 02/11/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Sustainable food safety for a growing world begins here! #CortevaChemistry #GrowWhatMatters

Corteva Agriscience has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Synthetic Chemist located in Indianapolis, IN. We are looking for scientists who can work as part of a multidisciplinary team to discover and exploit leads in our Discovery effort. It is an opportunity to be a part of a group that is fervently focused on enriching the R&D pipeline with crop protection solutions. The successful candidate will be responsible for driving projects in our discovery pipeline by designing and synthesizing novel organic compounds for crop protection, pest and vegetation management in a collaborative effort with biologists, computational chemists, formulation chemists, regulatory sciences, intellectual property and numerous other disciplines.


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

  • Work in cross-functional teams to meet both technical and strategic goals of the discovery chemistry organization.

  • Proactively identify and address synthetic challenges to enable efficient SAR exploration and develop novel chemistries when needed.

  • Work on diverse chemistries and design, synthesize, isolate and characterize novel molecules to meet project needs.

  • Keep current with latest developments in chemistry literature, technology and competitive landscape and implement actions that will benefit Corteva.

  • Understand biological testing cascades for different product concepts, analyze biological data and drive structure activity relationship (SAR).

  • Collaborate with the Predictive Safety Center for early stage assessment of regulatory and sustainability profile of compounds.

  • Generate, document and communicate sound data in the form of internal scientific reports and external publications (peer reviewed journals, patents, presentations and posters).

  • Establish and deliver long-term technical leadership around synthetic organic chemistry and SAR.

  • Develop strategies to engage external contact network and influence external organizations that impact and contribute to Corteva.



What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?

  • PhD in required discipline.

  • Experience in synthetic methodologies, synthesis problem-solving and total synthesis.

  • Ability to work independently and through others to drive projects to completion.

  • Knowledge of broad separation technologies and characterization techniques.

  • Demonstrated expertise and coach for application of scientific principles, theory and experimental design to address challenges across numerous disciplines (e.g. design of experiment).

  • Examples of creative solutions and collaborative research outside of specific role.

  • A track record of technical publications, highly effective communication (written and verbal), interpersonal skills, teamwork, and demonstrated leadership.


  • Post-doctoral experience or 3-5 years of industrial experience with focus on synthesis and SAR development

  • Track record of project leadership and development of new capabilities and technologies.


We care about you and we care that you're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.

Our Campus:

Our Indianapolis, Indiana campus is home to more than 1,000 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, credit union and top-notch cafeteria touting a grill, wok, deli, fresh salad bar, and a variety of ethnic and 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, sports teams and parties, and festive holiday events. Join a volleyball or ping pong league or take part in supporting the Indianapolis Colts during Blue Fridays! Did we mention you’ll be working in state-of-the art buildings with the latest technology and 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 campus is located within a short drive from some of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country with numerous top-notch school districts (Carmel, Zionsville & Greenwood to name a few).




Our Community:

If you’re looking to move to a big city with a small-town feel then Indianapolis, Indiana is the place for you. This dynamic, multifaceted city has a robust sports scene, urban nightlife, and top-tier entertainment. Indianapolis is quickly making its name as one of the best sustainable food and agriculture scenes in the country. Located in the heart of the Midwest, Indianapolis is a welcoming city ripe with culture and a thriving economy.

Indianapolis is Indiana’s capital with more than two million residents in the greater metropolitan area. It’s the economic and cultural center of Indiana and offers something for everyone. There’s plenty to do, see, learn and experience in Indianapolis.


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? Start by applying to this opportunity today!

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