DuPont Ph.D. Campus Openings - Research & Development in Indianapolis, Indiana

Ph.D. Campus Openings - Research & Development (Job Number: RES00004261)


Corteva Agriscience is currently seeking curious, bold innovators who want to grow their careers and be part of a winning team. Those who thrive in a diverse, inclusive work environment and are eager to bring the initiative and fresh ideas that will drive our business into the future and earn us our place as an industry leader.

The following positions are designed for recent or soon-to-be PhD graduates. We encourage you to read the various job openings for Synthetic Chemists, Analytical Scientists, Formulations Science and Technology Associates and Chemical Engineers and apply if you're interested!

Synthetic Chemistry – The Synthetic Chemistry R&D Team is responsible for design and synthesis of novel organic compounds for crop protection and vegetation management. The primary objective of this position is to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to discover and exploit hits, Actives and Leads as part of our Crop Protection Discovery effort.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interface with biologists, biochemists and computational chemists to generate and exploit opportunities

  • Generate and execute ideas based on a sound biological hypothesis

  • Design and synthesis of novel molecules to meet project needs

  • Analysis of biological data to drive structure activity relationship (SAR)

  • Generate sound data, document, communicate, and provide clear interpretation and new directions based on analysis

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

Analytical Sciences - The Analytical R&D Team is responsible for analytical activities in the areas of formulations and process chemistry research. The group contributes to the discovery, process development, registration, and commercialization of new active ingredients and formulated products.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide analytical support and problem solving to contribute to development of agro chemical formulations within R&D

  • Provide analytical support for process chemistry route scoping, optimization and development within R&D

  • Develop validation-ready analytical methods for formulated products, active ingredients, and impurities

  • Facilitate transfer of analytical methods to manufacturing quality control laboratories

  • Identify new analytical technologies and optimize existing methodologies

  • Lead cross-functional projects and represent analytical and provide expertise on cross-functional project teams with personnel from different functions and disciplines

  • Communicate and document the progress of projects to diverse team members and stakeholders

Formulations Science and Technology – The Formulation Science and Technology R&D Team is responsible for the design, development, scale-up, launch and post-launch support of novel formulated products. The primary objective of this position is to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide formulation subject matter expertise for product development, technology transfer, product registration, field trial planning and customer training.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Exploration, proof of concept, and development of novel formulation and delivery system technologies for new and registered active ingredients

  • Staying abreast of new discoveries and technologies in formulation technology (e.g, colloidal sciences, rheology, polymer chemistry, etc.)

  • Partnering with Technology Center engineers and operations colleagues to plan and support process demonstration trials and start-ups of new formulations

  • Developing and validating test protocols for the evaluation of new formulations in application equipment.

  • Data analysis, interpretation, report-writing, and delivering presentations with sound and timely recommendations.

  • Understanding customer needs through discussion with sales and marketing groups and developing creative solutions towards meeting the needs.

  • Developing an understanding of key competitive technologies. Using knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of competitive products to identify opportunities for differentiated product positioning.

  • Participating and representing Corteva™ in university collaborations, industry wide organizations, trade shows etc.

Chemical Engineer - The objective of the Chemical Engineer is to support the development and improvement of new and existing manufacturing processes. Reduce creative ideas into new, practical, value-added projects. The individual must be able to problem-solve by generating novel ideas and by creatively applying exiting technology.

  • Generate and analyze data to independently solve engineering and manufacturing problems, basic understanding of organic chemistry is optional but desirable.

  • Develops manufacturing processes and unit operations with process research chemists to meet project timelines utilizing knowledge of separation, mixing, and reaction engineering fundamentals. The processes developed must be safe, robust, reliable and low cost to meet the quality and purity demands of the agricultural industry.

  • Adds value by doing work that contributes to the functional plan. Utilizes formal planning techniques and is accountable for timelines, stage gates, milestones, value, etc.


  • PhD in a science discipline, preferably chemistry, and chemical engineering or material science.

  • Track record of effectively utilizing organizational networking to influence decision making

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

  • Examples of creative solutions outside of specific role

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

  • Ability to work safely, in full observance of Company safety and environmental plans and policies, and fostering a strong commitment to safety and overall environmental responsibility.

We are excited to announce that Corteva Agriscience™ is the name of the new Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. We are bringing together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences to create a market-shaping, standalone agriculture company with leading positions in seed technologies, crop protection and digital agriculture.

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.

Primary Location: NA-United States-Indiana-Indianapolis

Organization: Pioneer

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Doctorate Degree (over 19 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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