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Corteva Agriscience Process Chemist in Indianapolis, Indiana


Who are we, and what do we do?

At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow what’s next. No matter your role, you will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture – leading breakthroughs in the innovation and application of science and technology that will better the lives of people all over the world and fuel the progress of humankind.

Corteva Agriscience has an exciting opportunity for a Process Chemist located in Indianapolis, IN. The position is focused on the discovery and development of organic synthesis technology for the cost-effective manufacture of novel agricultural crop protection products. The position exists to support a growing pipeline of experimental products under development by the Corteva Agriscience business.

Work will be primarily in a R&D laboratory setting. The candidate must have a solid knowledge of small-molecule, organic synthesis theory and methodology. The individual will support one or more projects of variable project duration. Travel requirements will be minimal with occasional travel to support the research.


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

  • Conceive and develop novel synthetic routes to target product molecules.

  • Define optimal, low-cost reaction conditions for synthetic steps.

  • Manage and contribute to the synthesis of gram to kilogram quantities of experimental products for the support of other Corteva R&D sub-functions.

  • Work with discovery pipeline molecules at various stages of development to support supply of intermediates and final targets for use in Field, Formulation, and Toxicology studies.

  • Conduct and evaluate experiments using appropriate safety guidelines consistent with safety practices.

  • Lead development of technology strategy with organizational leaders.

  • Lead projects and programs on multi-functional teams for organization.

  • Lead development of project intellectual property strategies for projects.

  • Initiate and promote collaborations with other Corteva R&D groups engaged in process and related research.

  • Complete identified and agreed upon Project and Team goals.

  • Effectively communicate with business partners from all regions of the company, from multiple disciplines and multiple business segments.

  • Mentor all personnel, both experienced and new, on organic chemistry and process development principles to elevate both their capabilities as well as the group capabilities.

Critical Success Factors:

  • Technical Competence: Must be able to generate and analyze data to independently solve organic synthesis problems. Must be able to generate and work cross-functionally to implement new processes.

  • Innovation: The objective of the job is to develop new or improved processes. The individual must be able to problem solve by generating novel ideas and by creatively applying existing technology.

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: All projects are conducted in a team-based environment. Success is achieved through the effective leveraging of cross-functional resources. The individual must interact well with others and be able to build and sustain effective relationships.

  • Initiative: The person must be able to work independently to achieve results. Assistance will be provided in defining and prioritizing goals; however, the individual must show initiative in planning and working to meet the defined objectives.

  • Teamwork: All projects are managed by teams of varying size. Cooperating and contributing to meet team objectives is critical.



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

  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with >7 years of relevant industry experience.

  • Strong synthetic chemistry background is required.

  • Candidates should have general knowledge of broad separation technologies and characterization techniques.

  • A proven track record of solving complex synthetic challenges is required.

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


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 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!


Corteva Agriscience ™, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.


Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, is an equal opportunity employer. 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. If you need 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 For our U.S. Affirmative Action Policy, click here