DuPont 2019 Research Co-op: Phenotyping Technologies in Johnston, Iowa

2019 Research Co-op: Phenotyping Technologies (Job Number: 200277W-01)


Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, is seeking creative and motivated candidates for a co-op in science and agriculture to advance high quality germplasm and sustainable practices throughout the world. Corteva is seeking to hire a 6-month Co-op to contribute to the development of precision phenotyping technologies including aerial, sub surface, and proximal methods. The co-op is designed to gain familiarity with the Corteva Agriscience organization, engage in practical real-world problems and work on method development experiments that benefit specific end-users. Co-ops in the program will be expected to present their work at the conclusion of the co-op.

Precision phenotyping is changing the way that researchers and farmers study and manage agriculture, and is being driven by the realized value and promise of precision agriculture and artificial intelligence.

The co-op will report directly to a research scientist within the company and will be part of a multidisciplinary team spanning the fields of data science, geospatial mapping, statistics, computer science, remote sensing, engineering, agronomy, and plant breeding. An applicant’s work in this area will be focused on advancing phenotyping technologies in our research organization for several crops worldwide, as well as developing precision tools for use by Corteva growers. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Leading and contributing to data collection in the field.

  • Applying machine learning approaches to solve phenotyping problems.

  • Leveraging geospatial resources to build new tools and analysis approaches.

  • Processing and statistical evaluation of precision phenotyping information.

  • Contributing to the testing of novel sensors and applications for collecting data.

  • Quickly identifying issues, proposing solutions, and leading implementation of improvements.

  • Aiding in the design and execution of experiments for precision phenotyping.

  • Collaborating with software development teams to develop and release tools in precision agriculture.

  • Sharing research findings internally through presentations and scientific meetings.

  • Operating imagery and precision measurement equipment both ground and aerial based.

  • Promote a safe and professional working environment while maintaining commitment to Corteva’s core values.



A successful candidate in this position will have:

  • Experience making statistical inferences into data, and making data driven decisions.

  • Knowledge of machine learning and/or image analysis processes.

  • Experience in geospatial methods.

  • Knowledge of experimental design and hypothesis testing.

  • Exposure to operating precision devices and machinery

  • Some experience with software development and/or computer programming.

  • Knowledge or experience in multidisciplinary settings and integrating multiple information areas.

  • Demonstrated leadership in team environments, and adapting to rapid change.

  • Willingness to serve clients and adapt to their needs.

  • Superior communication skills with a demonstrated ability to work across disciplines with people of diverse expertise and cultural backgrounds.

  • Other qualifications are the ability to predict and meet deadlines, and exceptional attention to detail.

  • Demonstrated abilities in self-motivation, challenging assumptions, and driving disruptive change.

  • Familiarity with leading discussions in conference or meeting settings.Minimum Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in plant sciences, remote sensing, data science, geospatial studies, engineering, or a related field, OR two or more years of related experience equivalent to the education background listed.

  • Some experience in agriculture, remote sensing, surveying, mapping, image analysis, geospatial methods, computer science, statistics, or data science.Requested Documentation:

  • When applying for this position please upload a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae along with a cover letter.

“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. We will work across the global agriculture value chain to create a more efficient food system.

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-Iowa-Johnston

Organization: Pioneer

Schedule: Part-time

Education Level: High School Diploma/GED (±11 years)

Employee Status: Temporary

Job Type: Internship

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