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Primary Investigator, Herbicides Development Biology – Product Support & Renewal Team with FMC Corporation in Newark, Delaware

Type of position Full Time Position,
Employer FMC Corporation
Description of Employer FMC Corporation is a global agricultural sciences company dedicated to helping growers produce food, feed, fiber and fuel for an expanding world population while adapting to a changing environment. FMC’s innovative crop protection solutions – including biologicals, crop nutrition, digital and precision agriculture – enable growers, crop advisers and turf and pest management professionals to address their toughest challenges economically while protecting the environment. With approximately 6,400 employees at more than 100 sites worldwide, FMC is committed to discovering new herbicide, insecticide and fungicide active ingredients, product formulations and pioneering technologies that are consistently better for the planet.

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. 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. Visit FMC to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Location Newark, Delaware
Salary 110,000-130,000
Closing date of competition 6/15/2022
Date position available 5/2/2022
Description of duties

The Product Support and Renewal (PS&R) group within Global Development Biology organization is searching for a Primary Investigator to support our exciting pipeline of new herbicides, including the development of the first novel mode of action herbicide in our industry in over 30 years. In addition to characterizing new pipeline molecules, the PS&R group also provides technical support to our regional teams to ensure our commercial herbicides portfolio delivers the quality that our customers expect from FMC proprietary products.


The Primary Investigator works with a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary team of scientists to support new product registrations and the launch of new products around the world. They work closely with the global network of PS&R scientists to characterize new active ingredients in our development pipeline, as well as to support commercial product market expansion. Their experience will allow them to conduct herbicide research in the laboratory, greenhouse, and/or field settings. The successful candidate will serve as a subject matter expert on weed science, herbicide action, and assigned FMC herbicide active ingredients for the life cycle of products in partnership with our Global Technical Product Managers.



  • Develop well-designed research experiments to address testable hypotheses using sound scientific methods with statistical validity
  • Characterize attributes of new synthetic products (i.e. formulation optimization, mode of action, efficacy, crop safety) via lab, greenhouse and field studies. Develop new bioassays and troubleshoot existing ones as needed to complete study objectives
  • Work closely with interdisciplinary team to address product performance questions arising from field data for pipeline and portfolio projects.
  • Develop protocols for GH and field PS&R studies in coordination with regional teams; collect and manage results and data in proprietary data systems. Write data summaries and communicate results/recommendations to project team as well as FMC leadership.
  • Implementation of experiments, including scheduling and data collection, that support multiple internal and external partners
  • Support global herbicide resistance monitoring program for new active ingredients in coordination with the Global Technical Product Managers and regional R&D teams
  • Generate technical documents which thoroughly characterize internal assets, with supporting data, for use by various shareholder including biologists, regulator, commercial, and marketing teams; conduct training of country teams to support new product launches and increase herbicide competency
  • Evaluate innovative new technologies in conjunction with our commercial Precision Agriculture and Global R&D Plant Health teams.
  • Supervise associate scientists, contractors, and interns.
Qualifications sought
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary, highly collaborative, fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated action-oriented, results-driven mindset and the ability to lead diverse teams to drive results.
  • In-depth understanding of current weed problems in major crops, and subsequent characterization of herbicide resistance in weeds species.
  • In depth knowledge of testing methodologies and assay development to address various active ingredients and product formulations; demonstrated ability to manage data quality issues.
  • Knowledge of chemical and environmental conditions that can negatively impact product performance or result in adverse crop conditions
  • Experience applying pesticides using various application methods
  • Knowledge of a broad range of agricultural cropping systems, pests, management practices, and products; familiarity with agricultural innovations such as precision application and advanced knowledge of computer technology is a strong distinguishing factor
  • Strong critical thinking capabilities and the ability to constructively challenge assumptions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including group presentations of experimental results
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Willing to work in a group of diverse people while supporting team members to meet team objectives.


Contact for additional information Lyanna Berry ([email protected])
Application procedure  
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Cover Letter (Optional)
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Additional Information 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. FMC complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact our Talent Acquisition department.