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Associate Scientist, Herbicide Discovery with FMC Corporation in Newark, DE

Type of position Full-time industry
Employer FMC Corporation
Description of Employer FMC Corporation is a leading specialty company focused on agricultural technologies. FMC provides innovative and cost-effective solutions to enhance crop yield and quality by controlling a broad spectrum of insects, weeds and disease, as well as in non-agricultural markets for pest control.

FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives. Your education and professional experience are valued and put to use from day one. Your success at completing key initiatives can result in a varied, progressive and fulfilling career with FMC.

With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets. If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.

Location Newark, DE
Description of Location Newark, Delaware research facility
Salary DOE
Closing date of competition 2/28/2020
Date position available 1/8/2020
Description of duties


FMC Research & Development, Herbicide Discovery Biology Group has an immediate opening for a motivated Associate Scientist to work in our Newark, Delaware research facility. The successful candidate will work independently and under the supervision of a more senior scientist on projects related to the discovery, optimization and characterization of safe and sustainable new weed control technologies for Global agriculture.

Working in a team environment, the successful candidate will have job responsibilities, which include but are not limited to:

  • Experimental test implementation involving bioassays to detect the effects of chemicals on crops and weeds including studies with numerous biological observations and test evaluations
  • Compound dilution, preparation, formulation and application of test solutions
  • Capability to independently design and implement tests to answer specific research questions
  • Plant bioassay propagation and preparation in collaboration with propagation specialist and Potting and Seeding group to cater to specific screen needs
  • Field, growth chamber and greenhouse plant production and propagation as necessary to support research efforts
  • Occasionally this research may require field applications using small plot technique.
  • Data collection, collation, analysis and generation of reports using various software tools.
  • Understanding of design of experiments and experience in statistical data analysis as needed for technical data summarization.
  • Ability to present summary technical results in both internal and external meeting formats.
  • Ability to troubleshoot impediments to successful test implementation and devise improvements in testing protocols.
Qualifications sought

Required Education

  • MS in Weed Science, Crop Science, Agronomy, Botany or related discipline, with a working knowledge of biological and organic chemistry; or equivalent experience and knowledge in such areas or BS with at least 5 years of related research experience.


  • In-Depth understanding of current weed problems in major crops, and characterization of herbicide resistance in weeds species.
  • Strong laboratory skills, including but not limited to analytical weighing, liquid transfer, sample preparation, serial dilution, treatment application, test evaluation and collection of data.
  • Strict observance and adherence to required and approved safety procedures.
  • Familiarity or experience in safely working with chemicals of unknown toxicological hazard.         
  • Experience or familiarity in conducting greenhouse, controlled environment chamber, and/or field trials with experimental chemicals.
  • Strong critical thinking capabilities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including group presentations of experimental results.
  • Good computer skills with an understanding of MS Windows Operating System and typical MS Office suite applications as well as applications such as Outlook and other databases.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Willing to work in a group of diverse people while supporting team members to meet team objectives. As appropriate, possess the ability to work independently.
Application procedure  
Submit what Resume
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Additional Information EEO Statement
At FMC, diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to creating an inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive – regardless of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, color, age, religion or religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. FMC also supports employee participation in company employee resource groups that celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our workforce by providing communities for employees to connect with each other and raise awareness throughout FMC.
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