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Data Scientist - Remote Sensing (MS/PHD)

Company: Corteva

Location: Des Moines, IA, United States

Posted on: November 24

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Health insurance
Parental leave
Retirement plan
Tuition reimbursement


Who are we, and what do we do?

Corteva Agriscience has a rich history of scientific discovery that has enabled countless innovations. We're looking for more people, to collaborate with us to create a market-shaping, agriculture company with leading positions in seed technologies, crop protection and digital agriculture.

We seek a highly motivated Remote Sensing Data Scientist within our global Data Science to work on satellite remote sensing science and applications in collaboration with visionary crop scientists, agronomists, plant breeders, crop protection scientists, engineers, and software developers to build digitally enabled science and business capabilities.

Are you passionate about using leading edge earth observation data in new and effective ways to informing agriculture decisions around the globe? As part of this role, you will work among a team of remote sensing, data science, engineering, environment, and digital solutions experts to enhance the use of multi-sensor satellite imagery and analytics in digital solutions.

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

  • Implement strong geospatial, remote sensing approaches including but not limited to remote sensing image processing, atmospheric/geometric correction, registering datasets from multiple sensors to commonly used coordinate systems and multi-sensor fusion.
  • Engineer satellite remote sensing feature data sets and pipelines that inform seed and crop protection decision models.
  • Apply machine learning, statistical, mechanistic models, and other computational approaches to extract insights from multi-sensor datasets in complex agronomic systems.
  • Develop, prototype, and implement solutions with engineering and production teams.
  • Communicate results of research with stakeholders to improve business decisions.



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

  • Demonstrated experience using machine learning, data mining, statistical methodology, and simulation modeling in geospatial, environmental, and agronomic problems using Python in either AWS/GCS environment
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills and a proven ability to:
    • ask the right questions
    • find or apply the correct domain knowledge
    • identify and improve necessary data sources
    • build predictive models
    • deliver analytic solutions that produce actionable results.
  • Strong skills in building visualizations of scientific data.
  • Ph.D. or M.S. in Remote Sensing, Environmental Science, Computational Astronomy, Civil/Geotechnical Engineering, Computer Science, or related scientific discipline. Ideal candidate must have completed graduate level coursework in geographic information systems, environment, statistics, and machine learning.


We care about you and we care that you're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.
Community We care about you, and we care that you're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.
Our Johnston, Iowa campus is home to 2,500 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 and top-notch cafeteria touting a grill, deli, fresh salad bar and a variety of healthy menu options. Need some fresh air during your workday? 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 holiday events. Did we mention you'll be working in state-of-the art buildings with the latest technology with 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.

Des Moines, Iowa is the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest with a nationally ranked high quality of living. It's nicknamed the Silicon Prairie for its place as an up-and-coming hot spot for technology. Living here means Saturdays at the nationally renowned Downtown Farmers' Market, sporting events, a robust downtown night life and access to one of the most artistic medium sized cities. If you enjoy the outdoors, Des Moines offers beautiful nature trails for a casual walking, running or biking adventures.

It means going to a job you love and coming home to a community of friends and family. Communities care about their residents and residents care about their communities, making a difference for everyone who lives here. This is a place where culture flourishes and opportunities grow, where a work-life balance can be achieved, where education is unmatched, and award-winning arts and entertainment are right around the corner.


Let's peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva!

  • Strike a better worklife 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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