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Research Scientist

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Dow AgroSciences LLC

Indianapolis, IN

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Research Scientist','1802464','!*!Dow AgroSciences is seeking a Senior Research Scientist with experience in gene discovery, protein biochemistry and protein engineering to join our Discovery Research and Development (R&D) team. The Senior Research Scientist will, as part of a team, deliver innovative solutions for insect control and herbicide tolerance technologies. The successful candidate will work in a cross functional team environment to lead independent projects and project teams.

Responsibilities include:

Define and conduct research across multiple project areas using in-depth knowledge and proactive application of scientific principles, theory and experimental design with working knowledge in multiple disciplines.

Develop and implement technical solutions through hands-on experimentation/problem-solving for research problems that are well defined across multiple project areas.

Apply scientific knowledge, technical skills, and leadership to deliver high quality scientific results that are aligned with R&D project plans and create value for Dow.

Demonstrate expertise in use of experimental/computational/theoretical methods and data handling.

Participate in the innovation process as it applies to your specific projects and contributing to the innovation process through new opportunity identification.

Consistently apply the Scientific Method in the planning and execution of experimental plans and problem solving.  Formulate hypotheses and develop experimental plans to test hypotheses. 

Leverage Six Sigma tools and methodology to solve complex problems with projects of regional or global scope.

Keep current with developments in relevant area of technology and identify and implement applications which will benefit Dow.

Have an in-depth understanding of the patent and  journal literature across related areas of technology. 

Understand and incorporate the competitive landscape in technology mapping. Work with legal department to manage IP and secure freedom to practice and patent new technologies.

Provide constructive input to project participants.

Mentor  junior level scientists and technologists.

Delivers presentations or reports that distill complex ideas into clear results and proposals; communicates appropriately to influence internal and external audiences.

Communicate and appropriately document work in the form of internal reports/presentations and external publications/presentations (when appropriate).  Draft and submit patent disclosures as appropriate.

Utilizes in-depth knowledge of business ambitions, goals, and strategies to define project concepts.

Serve as SME or project leader on large multi-disciplinary project teams to collaborate, provide technical input and deliver results aligned with team deliverables.

Develops strategies for using external contact network; demonstrated influence to external organizations that impact and contribute to Dow success.

Maintain university/3rd party contacts to keep technologies at state of the art level.

Serves as the EH&S advocate for work group, ensuring understanding and adherence to policies and procedures.  Leads team in promotion of best safety practices, habits, and behaviors

Technical leadership in the conception, execution and delivery of new technology for the input traits market

Development of research projects and project plans

Interfacing with internal and external collaborators to accelerate delivery of research milestones

This position is located at Dow AgroSciences' global headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.','!*!Required Qualifications:

Doctoral or postdoctoral degree in Genomics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Protein Engineering or a related field, with a focus on applied outcomes benefiting modern agriculture

Five or more years of industry experience.

Experience in the discovery and mechanistic characterization of insecticidal proteins and herbicide tolerance traits, and protein engineering for improved attributes

Specific skill sets should include molecular biology, biochemistry, and work in relevant high throughput model systems.

Experience in working with insect model organisms and pests of agronomic importance

Experience with statistical data analysis and bioinformatics

Demonstrated abilities in Interpersonal effectiveness to lead and motivate project teams

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Evidence of technical achievement as evidenced by publication record

Experience in translating discovery research to product candidates

Background in gene expression and plant cell biology

Experience leading and developing people

A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States.  No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process. 


Preferred Qualifications:

Genomics, Insect Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Protein Engineering or a related field

Five or more years of experience in the agricultural biotechnology industry

About DowDuPont

DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) is a holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont with the intent to form strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty products sectors that will lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges. For more information, please visit us at

The positions represented by this job posting are aligned to one of the three divisions, Agriculture, Materials Science or Specialty Products, which are expected to separate from DowDuPont into stand-alone public companies. Information on the division alignment will be provided during the recruitment process. 

Dow Offers:

Competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits

An annual variable pay program that rewards team and individual performance while sharing success across the company

Employee stock ownership - and the commitment to long-term success that it brings

On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment

Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth

The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world

Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

Dow is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

 As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We','North America-USA-Indiana-Indianapolis','','Full-time','Research Scientist

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We provide a variety of products and services to meet the needs of our customers. Our research with strategic partners is bringing breakthrough and sustainable solutions to the industry such as: Innovative hybrids and seed varieties Crop-enhancing traits Crop protection products Vegetation management solutions Residential pest control Turf and Ornamental Healthy Oils Walk through any supermarket, and you clearly see sustainable advances have been made in food production, variety, and quality. Now more than ever, there is a critical need for new breakthroughs. Global population forecasts show overall food production must be boosted by about 70 percent in four decades. Although our natural resources are limited, the potential for agricultural production advances is not. Our company began in the 1950s as the agricultural unit of The Dow Chemical company. From the beginning, we have set out to discover and develop innovative solutions that improve the way the world farms. In 1989, The Dow Chemical Company, which was founded in 1897, entered a joint venture with the Elanco Plant Sciences business of Eli Lilly and Company resulting in the formation of DowElanco. In 1997, The Dow Chemical Company acquired 100 percent ownership of the business and renamed it Dow AgroSciences. Today, we employ more than 9,000 people worldwide, and our 2015 global sales were $6.4 billion (U.S.).

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